Men’s soccer falls to FIU, 2-1
A temporary lapse of concentration gave FIU the opportunity it needed to knock off the JU men’s soccer team, 2-1, on Friday night at the Ashley Sports Complex.

With the scored tied at 1-1 in the final 40 seconds of the match, Nicolas Rodriguez took an open shot that went high. Goalie Johnny Foley raced to get the ball back in from his goalkeeper position, but his slow pass was not seen by the Dolphins’ (3-2-1) backline and intercepted by Rodriguez who lofted his ball over his head into the net to give the Golden Panthers (3-2) the game-winning goal.

The Dolphins had plenty of chances to win the match after recording a 22-12 shot advantage.

“It’s a very disappointing result for us,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We felt like we had the upper hand the entire match and to lose like that just hurts. We can’t have mental lapses like that during key situations.”

After a scoreless first half, the Golden Panthers broke the tie in the 70th minute when Diego Taraburus scored on a penalty kick.

Junior midfielder Daniele Campailla evened the match for the Dolphins less than six minutes later by curving a shot into the top right corner of the net on a free kick from 20 yards out.

With less than 16 minutes remaining, the Dolphins had another free kick opportunity that drew the FIU goalie Shane Lopez out before the FIU backline cleared the attempt.

Junior forward Tyler Williams and senior midfielder Nedim Hrustic each had consecutive shot attempts less than three minutes later, but FIU goalie Shane Lopez saved the first shot while the other hit the post.

After FIU’s second goal, junior forward Darko Karamatic tried for the game-tying goal as time expired, but it was saved by Lopez to secure the win.

Lopez (3-2) recorded seven saves for FIU while Foley (3-2-1) finished with two saves between the posts.

The Dolphins return to action on Sunday when they play Manhattan College at noon in DeLand, Fla. as part of the Stetson Hatter Classic.