Men’s soccer to host USC Upstate and ETSU in A-Sun matchups
Casey Tafuri and the JU men's soccer team will welcome USC Upstate and ETSU to the Ashley Sports Complex. Play Video
Casey Tafuri and the JU men's soccer team will welcome USC Upstate and ETSU to the Ashley Sports Complex.
Armed with a new goalkeeper and a resurgent offense, the JU men’s soccer team will look to build off a strong start in A-Sun play with two more conference home matches this week, starting on Friday when the Dolphins host USC Upstate with a 7 p.m. kickoff at the Ashley Sports Complex.

JU (4-5-1, 1-0-0) will then take on ETSU on Sunday in a 2 p.m. matinee. The Dolphins have won three of their last four overall. The Dolphins started conference play in strong fashion, posting a 2-1 win over Mercer in the Atlantic Sun opener last Sunday. After an up-and-down performance in non-league play, the Dolphins are now just one win away from moving back to .500 overall.

If the Dolphins can post a sweep against USC Upstate (4-4-1, 1-0-1) and ETSU (6-3-1, 0-2-0), JU will also have a shot of capping the weekend in sole possession of first place.

Scouting USC Upstate

The Spartans and Dolphins mark two of the four teams still unbeaten in A-Sun play. USC Upstate played first-place Belmont to a scoreless tie last game and defeated Lipscomb, 3-1, in its conference opener. The Spartans have been judicious with its shot selection, posting a .093 shooting percentage compared to their opponents’ .072 percentage.

Dylan Hoop leads USC Upstate with three goals and an assist for seven points on 14 shots. Hakeem King (two goals, one assist, five points) also will look to key the Spartans offense.

Fin Notes

Sophomore goalkeeper Gavin Carlin made his JU debut on Sunday and earned the win at Mercer The 6-5 netminder made two saves in the victory.

Nick Rodriguez continues to enjoy a breakout season. The sophomore forward leads the team in points (eight) and is tied with senior Stefan Durr for the club lead in goals with three. Rodriguez assisted on JU’s opening goal in the win over the Bears to start A-Sun play.

Daniele Campailla scored his first two goals of the season, providing JU’s only offense in the 2-1 win over Mercer. Rodriguez assisted on Campailla’s first goal, connecting with him on a one-time shot that nestled into the upper right-hand corner. In the second half, senior Tyler Williams sent a cross that Campailla drilled low to beat Mercer goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh for the second time. That marked the first time Campailla logged a multi-goal game since his two-goal effort versus USC Upstate on Oct. 17, 2010.

Henrik Synnes has logged a lot of time on the backline to start his college career. But the freshman made the most of his chance to play up front, scoring his first career goal to help JU’s comeback attempt against Temple. Synnes scored on just his second career shot.

By Brian Bohl