SUNDAY, OCTOBER 02, 2011
Weckhurst’s double OT goal pushes women’s soccer past Mercer
Sophomore forward Raquel Weckhurst scored with just 1:09 remaining in double overtime to lift the JU women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Mercer in an Atlantic Sun matchup on Sunday afternoon at the Ashley Sports Complex.
Weckhurst helped JU defeat Mercer for the first time in four meetings, taking Becca Massip’s midfield pass and chipping at shot over Bears goalkeeper Cagney Valloch near the top left-side of the box in the 109th minute for the game-winner.
JU stayed undefeated in league play, improving to 3-0-1 and 7-4-2 overall. Mercer fell to 7-5-1 and 1-3.
“I was the proud of the girls. They never gave up,” JU coach Brian Copham said. “They kept pushing and found a way to get that goal. I was very pleased with the performance.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Sierra posted four saves, including three in the first overtime session, to notch her third straight shutout and sixth shutout of the season. In her first year as a starter, Sierra has played every second in net for the Dolphins and now sports a 0.73 goals-against average and a .867 save percentage. She has not allowed a goal in the 378:49, dating back to a win over Stetson on Sept. 23.
In a rematch of last season’s A-Sun Tournament championship game, both squads limited the other side’s chances. JU registered just two shots on goal in regulation and Mercer mustered one.
Senior midfielder Liz Fink tried to ignite JU’s offense, firing a game-high seven shots. Freshman Kaitlyn Bassett had two shots. But the Dolphins made sure the only shot of the second overtime period was a good scoring chance. Massip, a junior, sprung Weckhurst for her third goal of the season. With the goal, she tied Fink and Basset for the team lead in goals.
“Becca did a great job of getting the ball under control and getting it into a good space when she saw our forwards going in the right spots,” Copham said. “Weckhurst had a great run to get to it and showed good composure to line up the shot.”
The Dolphins stayed undefeated at home this year, improving to 4-0. Copham’s team also held a team to one goal or fewer for the 10th time in 13 games. JU also won two conference games in three days by 1-0 margins after posting a regulation win over Kennesaw State on Friday. The Dolphins now have 10 out of a possible 12 points in league play.
JU, which fell to Mercer, 1-0, in last year’s title game, posted a registered a win over the Bears for the first time since a first-round A-Sun Tournament win on Oct. 31, 2009.
JU will next be in action on Friday when it will play USC Upstate at Spartanburg, S.C. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
2011 WOMEN'S SOCCER