THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010
Men’s soccer wraps up non-conference slate starting Friday
The JU men’s soccer team will travel west to Birmingham, Ala. to take on its final two non-conference opponents beginning on Friday.
The Dolphins (4-2-1), who is ranked 45th by topdrawersoccer.com, play Alabama A&M on Friday at 5 p.m. before closing the weekend against No. 9 SMU on Sunday at noon.
“These are two good final tests for us before A-Sun play,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “Alabama A&M has had our number these last two seasons and SMU in ranked in the top 10 so we will have to play sharp to have good results. Overall, we are excited to get back on the field to play this week.”
The Dolphins enter the week after splitting contests against FIU (Sept. 17) and Manhattan College (Sept. 19).
JU rallied to tie the Golden Panthers with a goal from junior Daniele Campailla, but a mental mistake in final minute gave the FIU the game-winning score for the 2-1 victory.
Two days later, the Dolphins scored three first half goals en route to a 5-1 win over the Jaspers to round out the Stetson Hatter Classic.
Senior Nedim Hrustic scored twice in the first half to pace the Dolphins attack, while Campailla and junior Tyler Williams each added a goal and an assist. Senior Wesley Lartey and junior Predrag Ivanovic each finished with two assists.
Sophomore Zach Greenwald (1-0) recorded five saves to get his first collegiate victory between the posts.
Alabama A&M (0-4) enters the week winless on this season and has been outscored 16-1 in its last two contests. Despite the losses, the Bulldogs have been a thorn in the Dolphins’ side after recording a 2-1 win in the last two seasons.
SMU (5-0) heads into the state of Alabama following a 3-2 double overtime win over No. 16 Creighton (Sept. 17) and a 3-1 win against Western Illinois (Sept. 19).
The Mustangs will be the highest ranked team the Dolphins have played since taking on No. 13 North Carolina in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.