WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2010
Men’s soccer wraps up home slate starting on Thursday
The JU men’s soccer team continues to battle for a spot in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament as the Dolphins prep for their final home matches at the Ashley Sports Complex beginning on Thursday.
The Dolphins (7-6-1, 2-3) open the week against Campbell at 7 p.m. before hosting Mercer in the home finale on the final day of Homecoming on Saturday. Kickoff is also set for 7 p.m.
JU is in the middle of an interesting predicament because they sit in a four-way tie with the Camels (4-5-4, 2-3) and Bears (7-4-1, 2-3) for the final three positions in the A-Sun Tournament.
“This is a huge week,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “Although nothing is set in stone for the seeding in the conference tournament, a bad week could put us in a very dangerous position. We want to use our momentum from the last win, and a good few days of practice, to finish the home schedule on a high note.”
Last week, the Dolphins split a pair of matches on the road at ETSU (Oct. 15) and USC Upstate (Oct. 17).
The Buccaneers used a goal in the 15th minute for a 1-0 win to hand JU its third straight loss since downing UNF on Oct. 3. The Dolphins bounced back in a big way, scoring three first-half goals, en route to a 4-0 victory against the Spartans.
Junior forward Daniele Campailla scored twice to pace the Dolphins and junior midfielder Darko Karamatic recorded three assists to help the cause. Junior forward Tyler Williams and senior Nedim Hrustic also added scores, while sophomore goalie Zach Greenwald recorded five saves to tally the shutout.
Hrustic currently leads the Dolphins in scoring with a career-best eight goals, while Campailla is second with five goals and five assists. Junior midfielder Predrag Ivanovic has a team-best eight assists.
The Camels head to Jacksonville following losses to FGCU (1-0) and Stetson (3-1) last week in Buies Creek, N.C.
Khalil Johnson and Keegan Terry each lead Campbell with two goals, while Mitchell Cardenas has a team-best four assists. Ryan Amos has 43 stops and four shutouts for the Camels between the posts.
The Bears, who play at UNF on Thursday, have split their last four matches as they head into the week. Mercer downed UAB and Stetson, but fell to Campbell and FGCU.
Ian Cameron leads the Bears in goals (5) and assists (3), while goalie Brett Petricek has tallied 35 saves in 10 matches. Last season, the Dolphins dropped a pair of 2-1 matches at Mercer and Campbell which put JU out of the conference tournament for the first time since 2004.
Thursday’s match will also be special as the A-Sun has partnered with the Coaches vs. Cancer Foundation. All players competing will be wearing pink armbands and tape, while the coaches will be showing support by wearing pink polo shirts on the sidelines.
Dick’s Sporting Goods has joined with the A-Sun players and coaches to sponsor the event. In addition to the players and coaches participating in the event, fans are encouraged to make donations to the American Cancer Foundation before or during the game.
On Saturday, the Dolphins will honor Hrustic along with fellow seniors Wesley Lartey and Conner Vogel in a special pre-match ceremony for their final home match at the Ashley Sports Complex.
Fans can view Thursday’s match on A-Sun.TV. Saturday will not be televised due to scheduling conflictions.