SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2011
Women’s soccer battles FGCU to scoreless tie
Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Sierra made three saves in the second overtime to help JU post a 0-0 tie against A-Sun rival Florida Gulf Coast University on Sunday afternoon at the FGCU Soccer Complex.
Sierra (Madera, Calif.) made three of her six total saves in the final 10 minutes to notch her fourth shutout of the season. The Dolphins earned a point in the conference matchup, moving to 5-4-2 overall and 1-0-1 in league play. JU earned four out of six possible points in its' A-Sun opening weekend after defeating Stetson on Friday. FGCU moved to 6-3-2 and 1-0-1.
Two lightning delays and rain made for messy conditions. But JU held on to record the second scoreless tie of the season after also playing Northern Colorado to a draw on Aug. 26.
“The two delays made it tough on both teams,” JU coach Brian Copham said. “Overall, I thought our entire defensive unit did an excellent job against a very good offense. I thought we showed a great deal of composure in a tough conference game. “I was also pleased with some of the attacking plays we made.”
Senior midfielder Liz Fink (Cumming, Ga.) led the JU attack with four shots. Sophomore forward Raquel Weckhurst (West Hills, Calif.) added three shots as the duo accounted for seven of JU’s 10 total shots.
FGCU’s Stephanie Powers made five saves to register a shutout as well.
Sierra has blanked Northern Colorado, Furman, Florida Atlantic and the Eagles, improving to 5-4-2 with a 0.87 goals-against average and a .853 save percentage.
The Dolphins kept a potent FGCU club off the scoreboard. Last year, the Eagles went 8-0-2 in A-Sun play and finished 11-4-2 overall.
The Dolphins will look to ride the momentum for a good opening weekend into Friday when JU will host Kennesaw State. Game time for the A-Sun matchup is set for 7 p.m. at the Ashley Sports Complex.
2011 WOMEN'S SOCCER