Women’s soccer falls in A-Sun Championship to Mercer, 1-0
In a physical 2010 Atlantic Sun Women’s Soccer Championship match, the No. 1 JU women’s soccer team couldn’t find the opening it needed, falling to No. 2 Mercer, 1-0, at the Ashley Sports Complex.

The Dolphins (13-5-2) were outshot by the Bears (10-8-1), 17-3, as the opportunities created by the green and gold were never able to be capitalized on.

“I’m extremely proud of the effort we put forth today,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “It’s always going to be a fight in the finals and we just came out on the wrong side of it. I want to thank all of my seniors for the unbelievable effort they’ve shown throughout their careers.”

The first thirty minutes of the match was a cagey, physical affair with several opportunities going both ways but few were threatening.

The Dolphins survived a scare in the 28th minute after a hand ball was committed a yard outside the box. The Mercer attempt from the top of the area sailed just high over the crossbar.

The 39th minute produced the best chance for JU in the first half after sophomore midfielder Becca Massip was played down the right wing. Her crossed ball was played out for a corner but the Dolphins were unable to convert the opportunity.

The Bears would score the only goal of the match within the first minute of the second half after winning a corner. The ensuing delivery from Lizzy Shaughnessy was flicked into the middle of the box by Patricia-Anne Upson and Nadja Kolliesuah struck the ball though traffic, finding the right corner of the net past a diving Rooney. The goal marked the first time the Dolphins had trailed in a match since the Sept. 26 loss to Mercer, a 676 minute streak.

The Dolphins would find their best chance in the 57th minute after a spell of open play where freshman forward Courtney Conrad was fouled outside the left side of the box. Redshirt-junior Liz Fink’s delivery found the head of senior defender Devon Dowell but her effort went high over the crossbar.

For the second time this year, the JU women’s soccer team fell to Mercer by a score of, 1-0. Ten of the last 11 A-Sun Championship matches have also been decided by one goal or in overtime.

The loss for the Dolphins marks the first loss at the Ashley Sports Complex in over a year. The last defeat at home came at the hands of Mercer, 1-0, on Oct. 2.

Conrad, Fink, Massip and Dowell all received A-Sun All Tournament honors after the match as the Dolphins exited the tournament that they hosted for the first time in school history.