THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010
Women’s soccer secures spot in A-Sun Semifinals with win over Campbell, 2-0
Extending its five-match winning streak, the JU women’s soccer team secured a spot in the A-Sun Semifinals with a 2-0 win over Campbell on Thursday night at the Ashley Sports Complex.
The Dolphins (10-4-2, 7-1-1 A-Sun) used two first-half goals from freshman forward Courtney Conrad and senior forward Jelena Vrcelj to down the Camels (6-10-1, 3-6-0). Junior goalie Alexa Rooney produced her fourth consecutive shutout with four saves in the effort.
“This was a great team effort with high energy,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “I’m proud of the way we pushed through in the first half to score and how we held on during the second half.”
For the sixth straight conference game, the Dolphins found the net first thanks to a clean strike from Conrad. Sophomore forward Lisa Hensley played a ball through the middle of the Camel defense, finding Conrad who took a couple steps and finished in the middle of the goal.
JU showed impeccable timing inside the last 10 seconds to double the score. Freshman Jensen Eifert was played down the right wing, sent a low ball to the back post, finding Vrcelj for a powerful finish just as time expired.
The second half saw the green and gold create several strong opportunities but a final touch was lacking.
With JU’s win tonight, the Dolphins are guaranteed a finish no worse than second, awarding the team a bye in the A-Sun Quarterfinals. UNF will face Campbell on Saturday and will look to keep pace with JU. A loss from UNF in that match will hand JU the right to host the semifinals and finals of the A-Sun Tournament.
The Dolphins will travel south on 9A next Friday night to face UNF in the SunTrust River City Rumble at 7 p.m.