THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010
Men’s soccer rallies to defeat Campbell, 4-3
The JU men’s soccer team showed some fight on Thursday night after scoring three second-half goals to rally past Campbell for a 4-3 victory in A-Sun action at the Ashley Sports Complex.
After falling behind 3-1 early in the second half, the Dolphins (8-6-1, 3-3 A-Sun) got two goals from senior forward Nedim Hrustic to tie the match before junior midfielder Darko Karamatic had a shot deflected into the net by a Campbell defender in the 72nd minute for the game-winning goal.
JU also came back from the same score less than two years ago in the second half of the 2008 A-Sun Championship to knock off the Camels (4-6-4, 2-4) for the win.
“This was one wild night,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “I’m incredibly proud of the way our guys fought for that win. I told them to keep working hard and it paid off for them. We need to use the same momentum on Saturday because we have another tough test against Mercer.”
Mitchell Cardenas scored twice for the Camels and added an assist on the goal for Justin Franz in the 48th minute.
Trailing 1-0 in the second half, the Camels added two quick goals in less than three minutes into frame to take their first lead of the night.
Campbell penalty kick in the 47th minute and Cardenas knocked it in the goal successfully to tie the match. Less than a minute later, Cardenas delivered pass on a free kick to Franz in front of the net who knocked a shot right through the hands of JU goalie Zach Greenwald.
In the 66th minute, the Camels seemed to put the match out of reach after Cardenas scored on another free kick for a 3-1 advantage.
Less than two minutes later, Hrustic cut the deficit to 3-2 by scoring from 10 yards out on a pass by junior forward Daniele Campailla. The Camels committed a foul that resulted in JU penalty kick less than a minute later and Hrustic played hero again by connecting on the attempt to tie the match.
The Dolphins regained the lead, 4-3, in the 72nd minute as Karamatic slid a shot towards the left corner of the net and Campbell's Ben Iiames cleared the shot into the net by accident for the go-ahead score.
Campbell’s Brian Urioste had a 1-v-1 situation with Greenwald with less than eight minutes remaining, but his shot was blocked and the Dolphins held on for the win.
Karamatic gave the Dolphins the initial lead in the first half by scoring in the 15th minute from an assist by sophomore midfielder Davide Faga.
The Dolphins will look for some more magic in the home finale on Saturday when they host Mercer at the Ashley Sports Complex. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.