FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011
Women’s soccer loses heartbreaker to No. 15 UCF
Sophomore Raquel Weckhurst scored for the second straight game, though No. 15 UCF pulled ahead in the 88th minute as the Dolphins fell, 2-1, to the Knights in a non-conference matchup in Orlando, Fla. on Friday night.
Weckhurst, who scored her first career goal in JU’s previous contest at USF, netted the tying goal at 61:23, tipping in a shot after the goalie dropped the ball to knot the score at 1. Yet Kristina Trujic responded by scoring with 2:29 remaining in regulation, improving the Knights to 5-1-1. JU fell to 4-4-1.
"I thought we played well against a good team," JU head coach Brian Copham said. "They are ranked No. 15 for a reason. We eliminated most of their dangerous chances but were a bit unfortunate with two deflection-goals. I hope we can take this type of intensity into conference play next week."
UCF entered the contest ranked in the top-20 by Soccer America. The Knights showed the offensive prowess hat garnered that ranking, building a 14-1 edge in first half shots while taking the lead when Jennifer Martin scored from 25 yards out 30:39 into the contest.
Despite the shot disparity, sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Sierra made five saves before the break to keep the deficit to one. The strong net play facilitated a JU comeback attempt. Weckhurst capitalized off a UCF mistake by goalkeeper Aline Reis, scoring off the dropped ball 16:23 into the second half for the tying marker.
The teams remain knotted until the final minutes of regulation. The Dolphins suffered a heartbreaking loss to USF when the Bulls scored in the 87th minute last week to force overtime. The same script nearly played out again when Trujic took Tishia Jewell’s pass and scored the game-winning goal in the waning moments.
After nine non-league games, the Dolphins will now gear up for conference play for the rest of the regular season. JU starts Atlantic Sun action on Sept. 23 when the team travels to DeLand, Fla. to take on Stetson at 7 p.m.
-- By Brian Bohl