Women’s soccer plays FGCU to 0-0 draw
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For the second straight year, the JU women’s soccer team and Florida Gulf Coast played 110 minutes without finding a winner on Friday night at the Ashley Sports Complex in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 624.

The Dolphins (3-4-1, 0-0-1 A-Sun) were led by freshman Courtney Conrad with seven shots, two on goal, while three other players put three shots on goal against an Eagle (4-3-2, 0-0-1) side that outshot the hosts, 30-22.

“We put a great effort forward today,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “We got great minutes from a lot of players and stayed strong for all 110 minutes. We’ll make sure we bounce back tomorrow to get ready for Sunday’s game.”

The Dolphins opened the match early with several looks from outside the area and narrowly missed on two occasions. Both junior Jessica Hurtado and freshman Courtney Conrad put good efforts towards goal but the attempts resulted in a save and a flash wide, respectively.

With neither team finding many chances presenting themselves, JU and FGCU ended a cagey first half tied at 0-0.

In the 68th minute, junior goalie Alexa Rooney would keep the match square with a spectacular, leaping save on a header by the Eagles that had eyes for the back of the net. FGCU continued to apply pressure in the middle of the second half as the Dolphin defense was challenged with four corners over the span of several minutes.

Jelena Vrcelj almost put the Dolphins on top with 15 minutes remaining when she was set up for a shot at the top of the box by sophomore Emily Culbreth. The senior fired her shot and a reaching save from Stephanie Powers was all that kept the hosts from taking the lead.

After another spell of pressure from the Eagles, sophomore Becca Massip saved the Dolphins twice over the span of five seconds as the sophomore cleared shots twice off the line with headers.

The first half of overtime produced several chances for both sides but neither team could capitalize on the opportunities with the second half following suit.

Rooney finished the match with eight saves while the Dolphins successfully defended nine corner attempts from the Eagles.

The Dolphins will be back on the field on Sunday when they take on Stetson at 2 p.m. at the Ashley Sports Complex.