WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2011
Women’s soccer gears up for local-rival UNF in regular season finale on Friday
Jessica Hurtado will be playing her final regular season home game. Play Video
Jessica Hurtado will be playing her final regular season home game.
The JU women’s soccer team will be looking to secure a first-round bye and earn local bragging rights when the Dolphins host UNF in a SunTrust River City Rumble matchup in the regular season finale on Friday at the Ashley Sports Complex. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

After posting two wins in three days against league-rivals Lipscomb and Belmont, JU will carry a 6-1-1 league record (10-5-2 overall) into the UNF contest. The Dolphins have already clinched a spot in the six-team Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament and sit in second place behind FGCU (6-0-1). The top-two seeds earn a first-round bye.

“It’s important that we come out strong because you always want to be playing your best at the end of the season and into the postseason,” JU coach Brian Copham said. “It’s important that we play well against our rival.

“We know UNF is going to be a good; disciplined team. We play different styles, so they’ll be a good contrast. It’ll come down to who will make the other team make the most adjustments. They are an excellent attacking team. We’re going to have to maintain organization and try to keep them off the scoreboard.”

Last Time Out for JU

The Dolphins won for the fifth time in the last six games after a 3-1 victory over Belmont. JU is unbeaten in seven of the last eight games. Head coach Brian Copham’s has thrived at home, starting 6-0 at the Ashley Sports Complex in out-scoring opponents by a 10-2 margin on its own field.

Scouting the Ospreys

UNF has also secured a spot in the conference tournament after starting 8-7-2 overall and 4-3-1 against the league. The Ospreys have gone unbeaten in the last three games, posting wins over Lipscomb and USC Upstate.

Sophomore midfielder Carolina Lencina has paced the UNF attack with five goals and five assists for a team-best 15 points. Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Dorsey has been a solid in net, carrying a 1.46 goals-against-average into Friday.

Fin Notes

JU will honor seniors Liz Fink, Jessica Hurtado, Kelli Brougham and Susanne Klungtveit in a pregame ceremony. The group has played 14 combined seasons for the Dolphins. Fink is wrapping up a storied five-year career at JU. She was named the A-Sun’s “Freshman of the Year” in 2007 and earned all-conference second-team honors in 2009 and first-team honors in 2010.

This season, Fink leads the conference with 89 shots and has registered four goals and two assists for 10 points while starting all 17 games.

Hurtado is fifth on JU’s all-time scoring list, making her the only active player in the top-5 in points. A 2011 preseason all-conference selection, Hurtado has scored a goal and contributed three assists to the Dolphins this year. As a junior, she scored a goal and had the game-winning assist in overtime at Furman.

Brougham has helped fortify JU’s bench this year, appearing in four games and recording a shot. She has played in 23 career games for the Dolphins and earned 2009 A-Sun All-Academic honors for her work in the classroom.

Klungtveit has appeared in three games total and two in net in serving as JU’s backup goalkeeper. In her first season on the team, the Haugesund, Norway native has made two saves in 50:14. She made her JU debut as a position player against Stetson and appeared in goal in A-Sun victories over USC Upstate and Belmont.

JU has also seen contributions from its underclassmen. Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Sierra continued her stellar season, notching her seventh shutout of the season with a two-save effort in a 2-0 win versus Lipscomb. Sierra has also blanked Northern Colorado, Furman, Florida Atlantic, Kennesaw State and Mercer. In her first year as a starter, Sierra has posted a 0.82 goals-against average and a .841 save percentage.

Fellow sophomore Raquel Weckhurst continues to enjoy a breakout season. The second-year forward notched her first career two-goal game last time out versus Belmont and leads the Dolphins in points with 15. Her six goals is tied with freshman Kaitlyn Bassett for the most on the squad.

Fans can also access the live stats through JUDolphins.com and watch the live video stream though ASun.TV.

- By Brian Bohl