FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 03, 2010
Men’s soccer outlasts Florida Atlantic in overtime, 2-1
Junior midfielder Darko Karamatic added his second goal of the night at the perfect time to help the JU men’s soccer team down Florida Atlantic, 2-1, in overtime on Friday night at the Ashley Sports Complex.
With less than four minutes to go in the first overtime, sophomore Davide Faga settled the ball on a shot off the post and slipped it to Karamatic (96’) who knocked it past the goalie to give the Dolphins (1-1) the win in the home opener.
Karamatic (23’) tied the game in the first half and finished with a team-high six shot attempts, while junior goalie Johnny Foley (1-1) recorded three saves to help keep JU in the match.
“This was a great way to bounce back,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We got behind early, but our team fought their way back in it. Darko played well tonight and I was happy he found a way to get that second score. We look to build on this victory on Tuesday against Georgia Southern.”
The Owls (0-1) got the early lead from Darnell King (20’) in the first half and Jeremy Crumpton made three saves in 96 minutes between the posts.
The second half was the most exciting time of the night with each team missing close chances to set up the win.
Faga had a free kick sail high less than five minutes into the second half, while junior Daniele Campailla that just went over the crossbar in the 57th minute.
At the 88th minute, King almost sunk the Dolphins by beating Foley and having a wide open net, but his shot deflected off the posts. He would have another opportunity in the final three seconds that was knocked away to set up overtime.
In the first half, King gave the Owls a 1-0 lead at 20:07 after hitting a shot in the left corner of the goal on a breakaway. Karamatic answered for JU less than four minutes later by curving a shot into back of the net on a free kick near the corner flag.
The Dolphins will host Georgia Southern on Tuesday at the Ashley Sports Complex with kickoff set for 7 p.m.