Women’s soccer picks up first conference win, downs Stetson, 1-0
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The JU women’s soccer team made sure it flipped the script from last year’s weekend of draws as the Dolphins downed Stetson, 1-0, on a picturesque day at the Ashley Sports Complex.

The Dolphins (5-3-2, 1-0-1 A-Sun) used a second-half goal from sophomore forward Lisa Hensley off a corner to take down Stetson (4-6-0, 1-1-0 A-Sun). Junior goalie Alexa Rooney made five saves in the match, including two acrobatic stops for her third shutout of the year. Rooney has now played 272 straight minutes of shutout soccer.

“It’s always great to gut out a win on Sunday,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “We’re going to have to work on finishing our opportunities but it was a good team effort and we’re happy to come away with the win.”

The Dolphins almost found themselves in the lead just 10 minutes into the match after sophomore midfielder Emily Culbreth’s shot rolled past goalie Andrea Garavaglia. Massip’s shot struck the inside of the post and rolled across the face of the goal before being cleared.

Another opportunity would follow several minutes later after a break down from a free kick. Junior midfielder Jessica Hurtado fired a shot from a tight angle that found its way to the feet of freshman forward Courtney Conrad and her shot was just cleared off the line.

Junior goalie Alexa Rooney was called into action three minutes later, making an impressive diving save to keep the match level.

Red-shirt junior midfielder Liz Fink took a page from Culbreth’s book with eight minutes left in the half. Fink fired from just outside the box and a stretching save at the post was all that kept the Dolphins off the board.

Stetson would put Rooney to the test early in the second half on a looping ball from outside the box. Kassandra Hartwick tried her luck from outside and the dipping ball was just punched behind by the junior on a leaping effort.

The constant pressure from JU would finally pay off after a delivery on a corner from Fink. The low ball found Massip at the top of the box and her clever flick-on set Hensley up for a clean finish through traffic in the bottom-left corner of the goal; both Massip and Fink were credited with assists on the score.

The Dolphins would hold several waves of pressure from the Hatters to claim the shutout win.

JU outshot Stetson 12-1 in the first half but were outshot 10-3 in the second frame. The goal was converted from one of nine corners for the Dolphins.

JU will hit the road for its first two away conference matches next weekend when it takes on Kennesaw State on Friday and Mercer on Sunday.