FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011
Women’s soccer surges past Lipscomb, 2-0
Emily Culbreth scored JU's second goal in a 2-0 win versus Lipscomb. Play Video
Emily Culbreth scored JU's second goal in a 2-0 win versus Lipscomb.
A sustained early offensive attack led to two goals in the opening 17 minutes, propelling the JU women’s soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Atlantic Sun-rival Lipscomb on Friday night at the Ashley Sports Complex.

JU won for the fourth time in the past five games, improving to 9-5-2 overall and 5-1-1 in conference play. Midfielders Liz Fink and junior Emily Culbreth put the Dolphins ahead in the first half and sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Sierra notched her seventh shutout of the season by making two saves. Lipscomb dropped to 4-10-1 and 2-4-0.

“I saw great energy and great effort from the very beginning,” JU coach Brian Copham said. “We wanted to start strong and I felt like we did that.”

Fink picked up her fourth goal of the season just 5:55 in, capitalizing on freshman midfielder Julia Burton’s pass for the early lead. Fink tied Raquel Weckhurst for the second-most goals on the team behind Kaitlyn Bassett’s five.

Culbreth added the second just 11:04 later, finishing a give-and-go sequence with Weckhurst before striking a low shot from the left of the box just inside the right post for her second goal of the campaign.

JU dominated possession throughout the game, building a 17-4 edge in shots in the first half and an overall 25-6 advantage. Fink finished with a game-high eight shots and Culbreth added five.

Lipscomb goalkeeper Erin Zerio did her best to keep the Bisons in the contest. The netminder made 10 saves overall, including six first-half stops, to make the match competitive.

Sierra recorded her fourth shutout in the last six games and her fourth blanking of an A-Sun opponent. Overall, the Dolphins have out-scored league opponents, 8-4, in picking up 16 out of a possible 21 points to start conference play.

The Dolphins continued to find a comfort zone at home, improving to 5-0 at the Ashley Sports Complex this year. With the two-goal victory margin, JU posted its first home win this year that came by more than a single goal.

A defensive unit led by junior Arianne Heaton and sophomore Alexandra Lee limited Lipscomb leading scorer Meghan McGuire to just one shot. McGuire entered with a Bisons-best five goals in 13 games. JU held Lipscomb to just two second-half shots.

JU will look to stay unbeaten on its home field on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game against Belmont. Fans can also follow the action by accessing the live stats at JUDolphins.com and watching the video stream through ASun.TV.