Women’s soccer drops overtime match to Charleston Southern, 3-2 (ot)
A weekend that started so promisingly ended with a slightly sour taste as the JU women’s soccer team fell to Charleston Southern, 3-2, in double overtime after playing the final 35 minutes with 10 players.

The Dolphins (2-2) split their second consecutive weekend in South Carolina as senior forward Jelena Vrcelj and sophomore forward Lisa Hensley each scored their second goal of the season. A hat trick from Marky Boyce proved to be enough for the Bucs (3-1), with the game winner coming in the 95th minute.

“I’m proud of the effort we showed today,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “We worked hard and created some good opportunities but Charleston Southern’s a dangerous team and they took advantage of their chances. We need to eliminate our mistakes in the back and that’s what we’ll be looking at this week.”

It was an inauspicious start for the Dolphins as Boyce scored her first goal of the day just three minutes in. JU would answer back, however, in the 38th minute when Vrcelj connected for an unassisted score.

Hensley scored the go-ahead goal for the Dolphins just two minutes into the second half on an unusual assist from goalie Sarah Sierra. The freshman punted a deep ball and Hensley controlled the ball and fired a shot into the back of the net.

Boyce would tie the game back up in the 73rd minute and, five minutes into overtime, ended the match, completing her hat trick.

The Bucs outshot the Dolphins, 16-15, and the two sides were even on corners (4-4). Junior goalie Alexa Rooney played the first 45 minutes, conceding one goal and making four saves. Sierra made two saves and allowed two goals.

The Dolphins will take the week to prepare for a tough weekend slate at Florida on Friday night and the opening of their home account against Winthrop on Sunday afternoon.