WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010
Men’s soccer faces #2 Stetson in A-Sun semifinals on Thursday
The Dolphins’ shot at another conference title is just 90 minutes away as the JU men’s soccer team plays No. 2 seed and defending tournament champion Stetson in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship semifinals on Thursday in Johnson City, Tenn. at 4 p.m.
The Dolphins (9-8-2) earned a trip to the semifinals after downing No. 3 Mercer, 2-1, on Nov. 5 and are looking to be back in the conference title match for the third time in the last four seasons.
“We are excited for Thursday,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “Last time, we were just doing what we had to do to get into the tournament and now we are playing for the win. Our plan is to attack more and defend well because they are solid offensively. I see us creating more chances because we have a different freedom against them this time.”
In the A-Sun quarterfinals at Mercer, the score was tied 1-1 in the second half when junior midfielder Chris Helms scored on a pass from junior defender Predrag Ivanovic in the 87th minute for the game-winning goal.
Junior forward Tyler Williams also scored for JU, while sophomore goalie Zach Greenwald recorded three second half saves to help the cause.
The Hatters (9-5-2) have spent the last two weeks training after battling to a 1-1 tie in the regular season finale against the Dolphins on Oct. 31. The tie gave JU the necessary points to secure the sixth and final seed to the conference tournament.
Stetson is led by A-Sun “Player of the Year” Fredrik Brustad who paces the team with seven goals and six assists. Jonathan Mendoza leads the team with 11 assists, while Andreas Schnabl has recorded 40 assists and nine shutouts.
In the Oct. 31 matchup, Williams struck first for the Dolphins with a goal in the 18th minute. The Dolphins allowed a game-tying goal in the 82nd minute, but Greenwald knocked down two shots in overtime to help keep the match tied.
Fans can follow the match on Thursday through live stats or live video streaming on A-Sun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.