FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 03, 2010
Women’s soccer travels to No. 7 Florida tonight
The JU women’s soccer team will play its final non-conference road match tonight against No. 7 Florida at 7 p.m.

After Friday night’s match, the Dolphins (2-2) will turn right back around to face Winthrop in the 2010 home opener on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Both senior forward Jelena Vrcelj and sophomore forward Lisa Hensley each scored twice over the weekend. Three Dolphins have now scored two goals while JU is one goal behind A-Sun leaders ETSU and Kennesaw State for goals scored this season with nine.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to play a nationally ranked opponent like Florida,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “We have a lot of respect for the team and their ranking and it’s a great chance to play one of the best programs in the country.

“We’re also very excited to come home and play on our field on Sunday. It’s going to be great to get back to the Ashley Sports Complex and play in front of our fans.”

JU is coming off its second straight split weekend that saw the green and gold win on Friday and fall on Sunday. A 3-0 victory over The Citadel in The Citadel/Nike Invitational was paired with a 3-2 loss to Charleston Southern in overtime, JU’s second overtime match of the year.

The Gators (4-0) opened their 2010 season with three consecutive wins over in-state rivals Miami, UCF and FAU, plus a win versus a first-time West coast opponent, San Diego State. On Aug. 31, Florida used three goals in the opening 14 minutes of the match to take a 3-0 win over Florida Atlantic.

In Florida’s 1-0 win against San Diego State on Sunday, McKenzie Barney scored the only goal of the match within the first minute of the second half. For her two goals over the past weekend, Barney collected Florida’s second consecutive SEC “Offensive Player of the Week” honor on Aug. 30.

The Lady Eagles (0-0) will come to Jacksonville after a Friday afternoon tilt against Georgia Southern in their season opener.

Winthrop was predicted to finish seventh in the Big South Conference last week after completing last season with a 5-10-6 overall record and 2-5-2 mark in Big South play. The Lady Eagles fell to High Point on penalty kicks in the conference tournament title game, which was the first time in school history the program appeared in the championship contest.

Fans can tune into tonight’s contest at http://www.gatorvision.tv/ and live stats will also be available at http://GatorZone.com.