Women’s soccer builds lead but falls to USF in overtime
Raquel Weckhurst scored her first collegiate goal
Raquel Weckhurst scored her first collegiate goal
The JU women’s soccer team scored early in the second half and stayed in control until USF scored in the 87th minute and again just 82 seconds into overtime as the Dolphins lost, 2-1, to the Bulls at USF Soccer Stadium in Tampa on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore forward Raquel Weckhurst scored her first collegiate goal, converting Jessica Hurtado’s pass and finding the net just 49 seconds into the second half to put the Dolphins ahead, 1-0. But Valorie O’Brien and Taylor Patterson scored for the Bulls to swing the outcome.

JU saw its three-game winning streak snapped with the Dolphins falling to 4-3-1. USF improved to 4-2-1.

“I’m extremely proud of our team’s performance,” JU head coach Brian Copham said. “We did an excellent job of defending and creating good chances. It was a difficult afternoon game. Unfortunately, we could only finish on one of our chances and it just wasn’t enough.

“We’re pleased with the effort as we play these good non-conference teams to get ready for our tough Atlantic Sun conference-schedule. But we’re not playing for moral victories. We just need to learn from this game and take the positives going forward.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Sierra posted eight saves in the defeat. The contest marked the first time in six games the Dolphins have allowed more than a goal, dating to a 2-1 loss to UNC Charlotte on Aug. 21.

The Dolphins were out-shot but held the lead until USF scored the tying goal with 3:14 remaining in regulation off a corner kick. O’Brien headed in Molly Stack’s kick, swinging momentum to the Bulls.

USF then ended the game 1:22 into the first overtime. Sarah Miller and Chelsea Klotz helped set up a scoring chance. Patterson gained passion in the middle of the box and fired a shot against heavy defensive pressure that found the right side of the net for the game-winner.

Senior Liz Fink and junior Eva Leeper both recorded two shots, giving them four of JU’s five official shots in the game.

JU will next be in action on Friday when it travels to Orlando to take on UCF. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

- By Brian Bohl