SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 04, 2011
Massip’s overtime game-winner pushes women’s soccer past Georgia State
Heavy rain storms and a soaked field couldn’t curtail the JU offense as Becca Massip scored just 2:15 into the first overtime as the Dolphins won, 2-1, over Georgia State on a humid Sunday afternoon at the Ashley Sports Complex.

Jessica Hurtado netted JU’s first penalty-kick goal of the season at the 58:20 mark, allowing JU to post the come-from-behind win and sweep a two-game homestand. Sophomore goalie Sarah Sierra made four saves as JU improved to 3-2-1. Georgia State fell to 0-5.

“I was very pleased with how we responded to going down early,” JU head coach Brian Copham said. “We got behind but continued to fight the entire time. Georgia State is a good team that always plays hard, so it was a good test for us.

“They made us work the entire time. We are starting to create better chances in the attack area, which is always a good sign.”

Ravan Whitney put the Panthers on the scoreboard just 2:47 into the contest. Whitney fired a shot from about 10 yards out that beat Sierra at the right post.

But JU responded with heavy pressure, holding a 7-1 edge in corner kicks through the first 45 minutes. Senior midfielder Liz Fink led the Dolphins with a game-high seven shots in total, almost equaling Georgia State’s team mark of nine.

After failing to find the net in the first half, JU came out of the break strong. Despite a soggy field after the first heavy downpour bombarded the field right before intermission, JU kept up the pressure. Hurtado finally capitalized, taking the penalty kick attempt after Massip drew a foul inside the box.

Hurtado, a senior, slightly lifted her shot attempt as goalkeeper Rebecca Ingram incorrectly guessed her dive. Hurtado’s first goal of the season came at 58:20.

Another heavy rainstorm came near the end of regulation. The Dolphins played through the conditions and struck early in the first overtime session when Massip gained possession on a scramble in front and caught Ingram out of position. Massip pushed the ball in at the low left post for her first goal of the season, helping JU pick up at least a point for the third time in the last four games.

Sierra held an opponent to fewer than two goals for a fourth straight game. Since Aug. 26, the second-year netminder has stopped 24 of her last 26 shot-on-goal attempts faced and has registered two shutouts, including Friday’s 1-0 win over Furman. Sierra made two saves in each half to earn the win. She has played every second in net this season.

JU will next head to Tampa, Fla. for the USF Tournament. The Dolphins will face Florida Atlantic on Friday at 4:30 p.m. before taking on the Bulls on Sunday at 2 p.m.

- By Brian Bohl