Redshirt-junior Liz Fink scored the lone goal for the Dolphins (1-1) from a free kick, her second goal in as many games. The green and gold were outshot by the Tigers (2-0), 25-13, including a 16-5 margin in the second half.
“We played well at times but we’re going to have to find a way to sustain a high level of play,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “Clemson’s an athletic team and you can’t give them too many opportunities. This will be a good week for us to regroup and get ready for another weekend in South Carolina.”
The Dolphins picked up where they left off against Furman on Friday night, scoring their second straight goal inside the first 15 minutes. The visitors won a free kick just outside the area and Fink buried the set piece for her second goal of the season, giving JU the early advantage.
The lead would prove to be short lived, however, as the Tigers scored twice in a span of two minutes to get on top with the first coming in the 23rd minute on an own goal off a driven ball into the box. A shot from the far corner of the 18-yard box by Maddy Elder would find its way past Rooney into the back of the net to put Clemson up, 2-1.
JU finished the half with eight shots, three on goal while Rooney made five of her nine saves.
The visitors struggled to find pace in the second half, conceding a third goal 15 minutes in as Elder would find the net again when she took a pass from Jackie Dutton and slid a shot by Rooney for the last score of the game.
Freshman forward Courtney Conrad led JU with four shots, two on goal. JU was unable to convert on any of its eight corner kicks.
The Dolphins will hit the road again next weekend and make the now familiar trip back north to South Carolina when they face The Citadel in Charleston at 4 p.m. on Friday.