THURSDAY, OCTOBER 07, 2010
Men’s soccer hosts Lipscomb on Friday
After a long period on the road, the JU men’s soccer team finally returns to the Ashley Sports Complex starting Friday to play Lipscomb at 7 p.m.
The Dolphins (6-3-1, 1-0 A-Sun) will close out the weekend against Belmont on Sunday in a special 1 p.m. start time to accommodate the Bruins flight schedule.
“We are ready to get back to a normal schedule,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We have only played one match in the last two weeks so it has allowed us to get some of the banged up guys healed. Both teams come in winless in conference, but we shouldn’t underestimate them. We need to play sharp each match to get wins.”
The Dolphins come into the matchup after downing UNF, 1-0, in the conference opener on Oct. 4 at Hodges Stadium.
Junior midfielder Darko Karamatic scored the game-winning goal in the 67th minute for his fifth goal of the season to tie senior forward Nedim Hrustic for the team lead.
Junior defender Predrag Ivanovic still has a team-best five assists, while junior goalie Johnny Foley has posted 37 saves in nine contests.
The Bisons (4-6, 0-2) dropped their first two A-Sun matches to FGCU (2-1, OT) and Stetson (4-0) at home last weekend before making the trip to Jacksonville.
Garret Pettis, Garrett McLaughlin and Miguel DaSilva each have scored a team-high three goals, while Joey Chiappetta paces the squad with three assists. Brett McGee has 30 saves and two shutouts in 10 matches between the posts for Lipscomb.
The Bruins (3-7, 0-2) will play at UNF on Friday before heading to the Ashley Sports Complex on Sunday. Belmont has lost its last four matches, including getting shutout by Stetson and FGCU to begin the A-Sun schedule.
Brandon Tarr paces the Bruins in goals (3) and assists (5), while Juho Illi has 39 saves in seven matches.
In 2009, the Nashville schools seemed to do the Dolphins season in as they lost to both schools in overtime on the road and never seemed to recover. Belmont clipped 2-1 in extra time, while Lipscomb secured a 1-0 victory in the 95th minute on a goal by Pettis for the Bisons’ first A-Sun win of the season.
Fans can watch both matches live on A-Sun.TV.