THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010
Men’s soccer hosts FIU on Friday
The JU men’s soccer team hopes to build on its quick start when the Dolphins host in-state foe FIU at the Ashley Sports Complex on Friday at 5 p.m.
The Dolphins (3-1-1), who have won three of their last four decisions, will finish the week on Sunday by traveling to DeLand, Fla. to play Manhattan College at noon.
“We are ready to get back on the field again,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “It was a good week of practice so we look forward to seeing what we can do against these two quality programs. Each week helps us get ready for conference play and this week is no different.”
The Dolphins enter Friday after picking up a pair of 2-1 victories against Georgia Southern and UNC Greensboro, while tying Elon last week.
Junior midfielder Darko Karamatic had the game-winning overtime goal against the Eagles before joining junior forward Anothey Forde with first half goals to down the Spartans.
JU got a first half goal from Forde in the contest against Elon in the Elon Classic finale, but the Phoenix answered in the second half and the Dolphins didn’t get another clutch goal to finish the match with a 1-1 tie.
Forde was named Offensive MVP, while earning all-tournament accolades with junior Predrag Ivanovic, junior Tobias Hottner and freshman Martin Resch.
For their efforts last week, the Dolphins were ranked eighth in the NSCAA/Hendrickcars.com South Region Poll for the first time since the 2008 season.
The Golden Panthers (2-2) come to the First Coast with a pair of double overtime wins and two one-goal losses earlier in the 2010 campaign. They fell in a 3-2 decision to Georgia State in their latest action on Sept. 12.
Michael Müehseler has scored four of the five goals for FIU, while Shane Lopez has 13 saves in almost 400 minutes between the posts.
In last season’s matchup, the Dolphins would hold an 18-8 shot advantage and limited the Golden Panthers to just two shots in the first half, but the Golden Panthers connected on a penalty kick in the 81st minute to secure a 1-0 win.
Manhattan (0-3) will play Stetson on Friday before taking on the Dolphins to finish up the weekend. The Jaspers enters the week still in searching for their first win after getting shutout by UConn (6-0) and Bryant (2-0) in their matches last week.
Eric Montinard has the lone goal of the season for the Jaspers and Christopher Lands has recorded 21 saves in three matches at goalie.