TUESDAY, APRIL 05, 2011
Women’s soccer closes out spring schedule
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The JU women’s soccer team laid the foundation for next season by wrapping up a successful spring campaign.

The Dolphins began their six-game set with a 1-0 victory against Tampa. After falling to Citadel, JU bounced back with a win against UNF and a scoreless tie against No. 33 USF. They would fall to No. 23 UCF, 1-0, before ending the spring with a 3-2 win against Columbus State.

“I am excited by many of the things we learned this spring,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “We played a competitive schedule and even though we had low numbers, we still competed every time we stepped out on the field. We played numerous players in various positions and had players step up even in positions they were not as used to. I think we also earned more respect for ourselves as teammates along the way.

“Defensively, we were solid with Alexa Rooney in goal. Ally Lee and Arianne Heaton played beside each other as center backs and did an excellent job learning their new roles. Liz Fink continued to be a stalwart in the defensive center midfield while she combined with a new partner in the attacking center midfield position - Becca Massip. The two played very well in the center of the park and were constantly making us better because of their skill on the ball and decision making.

“With a variety of different combinations up front, Raquel Weckhurst showed consistent improvements and was constantly a threat in front of the goal. Overall, we are excited about the progress this spring and are looking forward to the 2011 campaign as we add a very talented group with our signing class.”

In 2010, the Dolphins posted a 13-4-2 record and an 8-1-1 mark in conference play to earn the No. 1 seed in the A-Sun Tournament. They knocked Kennesaw State in the conference semifinals, but fell short of their third NCAA Tournament berth with a 1-0 loss to Mercer in the title match.

JU had seven players receive all-conference honors, with Copham highlighting the group by earning A-Sun “Coach of the Year” accolades. The Dolphins also received the NSCAA Team Academic Award for their work in the classroom.