Women’s soccer falls to ETSU, 3-0
The Dolphins lost for the first time in A-Sun play this year.
The Dolphins lost for the first time in A-Sun play this year.
ETSU scored three goals in the final 27 minutes as the JU women’s soccer team lost, 3-0, to the Bucs in an Atlantic Sun conference matchup on Sunday afternoon in Johnson City, Tenn.

Genna Petersen scored the first two goals of the game and Morgan Thomas added the insurance marker in the 81st minute. The Dolphins lost for the first time in league play this season, falling to 8-5-2 and 4-1-1. ETSU improved to 10-3-0 and 5-0-0.

“We didn’t play the way we wanted in the second half,” JU coach Brian Copham said. “We learned a valuable lesson today that we must come fully prepared to play and to take advantage of our chances. We will reemphasize our fundamentals in order to get back to playing at the level at which we expect."

ETSU’s Caitlin Gaughan made five saves to pick up the shutout. JU sophomore Sarah Sierra posted five saves. The loss snapped the Dolphins five-game unbeaten streak and first loss since Sept. 16 at UCF.

Senior Liz Fink tried to ignite JU’s offense. The midfielder fired a game-high six shots. Freshman Kaitlyn Bassett, who was coming off her second career two-goal game in a win over USC Upstate on Friday, recorded three shots. Fink and Bassett accounted for nine of JU’s 14 total shots.

Petersen opened the scoring at 63:49, scoring off a rebound after Sierra parried the ball out in front. The punched ball came to the midfielder, who fired it in for the unassisted marker.

Just 3:29 later, Petersen scored her team-leading ninth goal. Thomas passed it to her at the left side of the box and Petersen shot it over Sierra for the 2-0 edge at 67:18.

With 9:19 remaining in the contest, Thomas scored her third goal of the season. Gaughan’s long drop kick sprung Thomas, who went in for a one-on-one breakaway and came away with the goal while also giving the goaltender the assist.

JU still has 13 out of a possible 18 points in A-Sun play. The Dolphins are still 4-0 at home and will get to close out the regular season with three straight games at the Ashley Sports Complex, starting on Friday when Copham’s team will host Lipscomb at 7 p.m.