Five Dolphins Represented on Atlantic Sun All-Conference and All-Academic Teams
Liz Fink (left) and Emily Culbreth (right) both were named to the A-Sun all-conference first team
Liz Fink (left) and Emily Culbreth (right) both were named to the A-Sun all-conference first team
After finishing the regular season in a three-way tie atop the standings, the Jacksonville University women’s soccer team has placed two student-athletes on Atlantic-Sun all-conference first team. Overall, five Dolphins received honors from the league.

The Dolphins (11-5-2, 7-1-1 A-Sun) are represented by redshirt- senior midfielder Liz Fink and junior defender Emily Culbreth on the first team with senior midfielder Jessica Hurtado and freshman forward Kaitlyn Bassett receiving second team honors. Bassett also was named to the all-freshman team. Junior midfielder Becca Massip was selected to the all-academic team.

“I am excited and proud of the awards our girls have received,” said head coach Brian Copham. “They have all worked extremely hard to improve their games and raise the level of our team. Liz is an unbelievable competitor and has stepped up as a tremendous leader for us this year. Emily has been one of our most consistent players and it is not often that outside backs get the honors they deserve, so I am glad for her recognition.”

Fink started all 18 games this season scoring four goals. Three of her four goals were game-winners and her eleven points placed her third on the team. She led the A-Sun with 93 shots, 15 more than the next closest competitor. Her game-winning scoring strikes against Furman, FAU and Lipscomb tied her for the second-most game-winning goals in A-Sun play. It is the second straight year Fink was named to the all-conference first team and the third time she has received all-conference team recognition in her career.

Culbreth helped JU post a plus-10 goal differential and scored two goals and added one assist for five points, emerging as valuable two-way player. She played 90 plus minutes 16 times and lead a unit that held A-Sun foes to a .071 shooting percentage.

Hurtado was a valuable playmaking midfielder scoring the opening goal in a 2-1 win over Georgia State. Her three assists were third-most on the squad. She was named to the preseason all-conference team and one of just two players to register a penalty-kick goal for JU this year. With being named to an all-conference team this season, Hurtado has now been recognized four straight years in a row.

Bassett exploded on the scene with a team-leading seven goals and 16 points while playing in all 18 games with nine starts. She finished tied for fifth in A-Sun goals scored and eighth in points per game with .89. Bassett scored game-winning goals against Stetson and UNF and logged two 2-goal games in A-Sun wins.

Massip started all 18 games this year and proved to be one of the most valuable two-way players on the team, scoring the game-winning goal versus Georgia State. She aided a defensive unit that allowed just 16 goals in 18 games. This is the second time in her Dolphin career that Massip has been named to the all-academic team.

“Jessica has proved again this year that she is one of the most talented players with the ball and fortunately she is able to get recognized as well. Kaitlyn has continually progressed throughout the season. She has done an excellent job at forward and has worked her way to the top of the conference in goals scored. Becca has shown an incredibly high level of commitment on the field and in the class room. She has been one of our most consistent and hardest working players and I am glad to see her get recognized for it.”

The number three seed Dolphins will take on the sixth seeded Mercer Bears this Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the Ashley Sports Complex. This game will be a rematch of last year’s conference tournament final where Mercer prevailed 1-0. Admission to the general public will be $5 with all students with an Atlantic Sun school ID getting in for free.