FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011
Men’s soccer battles to 1-all tie with Eckerd
In its exhibition opener, the JU men’s soccer team proved they could hold a lead against quality-conference opponent. In its last preseason tune-up, the Dolphins proved they could come from behind as well, rallying to post a 1-1 tie against Eckerd on Friday night at the Ashley Sports Complex.
Senior Issac Kinman netted the first goal (though unofficial) of his collegiate career, blasting a hard right-wing shot that beat Eckerd goalie Andrew Hoffer high to tie the score at 1 at 58:04. The tie comes two days after JU knocked off Big East-member USF, 2-1, in the first exhibition contest.
“It was not a good performance, but give Eckerd credit, they took advantage of their opportunities,” head coach Mike Johnson said. “We responded in the second half. We got some energy and possession at midfield to move the game forward. We talked about getting our backs into the attack, so it was good to see that.”
The Dolphins held a 15-9 shot advantage but struggled to put the ball on net, finishing with just three shots-on-goal. Senior Daniele Campailla played at forward and was active around the Tritons cage, recording a game-high four shots. Fellow senior forward Tyler Williams netted three shots.
Junior Zach Greenwald again played all 90 minutes, registering one save. Greenwald also played the entire USF game and has allowed just two goals in 180 minutes.
Eckerd, a Division II program, took the early lead off a set position play. Nick Murawski capitalized on Daniel Lopez’s pass for the game-opening goal with 7:18 remaining in the first half.
But JU raced to a strong second half start, capped by Kinman’s tally.
The Dolphins saw its best chance to take the lead come in the 71st minute when senior Stefan Durr drilled a high-velocity shot that Hoffer got a piece off to salvage the tie.
JU will start the regular season Friday when it hosts UCF at 7 p.m. The Knights are currently ranked No. 32 in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com
- By Brian Bohl