WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 09, 2011
JU falls in Atlantic Sun tournament
The Jacksonville University men’s soccer team gave up two early goals to East Tennessee State Wednesday night and could not recover, losing the game 2-0. The loss knocks the Dolphins out of the Atlantic Sun tournament and ends their season. The sixth seeded ETSU will advance to play the number two seed Stetson Hatters on Friday.
The Dolphins (9-8-2, 5-2-1 A-Sun) fell behind in the fifth minute when ETSU’s David Haba received a cross from forward David Geno and buried the ball into the back of the net. The goal was Haba’s first on the season and put Dolphins in an early hole in front of the home crowd.
Haba’s night was just getting started. In the 20th minute, he again collected a cross inside the box, got around the Dolphin defenders and ripped a shot into the bottom left corner of the goal that got past JU goal keeper Gavin Carlin. This was Haba’s second goal on the night and second on the season and could not have come at a better time.
The game stats were fairly even as ETSU took 16 shots to JU’s 14. The biggest difference came in Carlin having to save seven shots as opposed ETSU’s Ryan Coulter only needing to save two. The Dolphins did however come close to netting a goal several times throughout the match as multiple players saw their shots just miss and strike the goal itself. Seniors Darko Karamatic and Stefan Durr led JU with three shots taken.
The game was a physical one as JU was whistled for 19 fouls while ETSU was called for 15. There were six cautions issued to the two teams with the Dolphins receiving four of them including a red card.
The shutout was just the second of the season for JU with the other one coming on September 18th against Furman when the Dolphins lost 1-0.