Men’s soccer comeback bid falls short against Temple
Henrik Synnes scored his first career goal against Temple.
Henrik Synnes scored his first career goal against Temple.
Stefan Durr and Henrik Synnes both scored second-half goals for the JU men’s soccer team. But Temple scored three goals in the opening 17 minutes as the Dolphins fell to the Owls, 3-2, in DeLand, Fla. on Friday night in the opener of the Stetson Soccer Classic.

Durr netted his second goal of the season and Synnes recorded his first collegiate goal, helping the Dolphins close within a single goal. Despite holding the 13-6 edge in second-half shots, JU failed to score the equalizer. The Dolphins dropped to 1-3-1 while Temple improved to 3-1.

“It was good to see our team fight and compete despite getting down early,” JU head coach Mike Johnson said. “We obviously don’t want to have starts like that, but we showed character in coming back. We’ll just try and regroup for our next game in two days.”

Temple surged to a 3-0 goal lead and looked proficient right from the opening kickoff. Tyler Witmer put the Owls ahead just 3:05 in, heading Dalton Carroll’s cross just inside the right post for his first goal of the campaign.

Jake Lister made it a two-goal game in the game’s 12th minute. Off a throw-in, JU senior goalkeeper Johnny Foley tried to punch the ball away. Lister stabilized the ball and fired a shot from 10 yards out for his first goal of 2011.

Less than five minutes later, Matt McWilliams scored an unassisted goal at 16:01, handing Temple a 3-0 lead it would take into halftime.

Despite the large deficit, JU battled back to make it competitive in the second half. Durr, who scored the game-winning goal in a Dolphins victory over UMass, found the net again, capitalizing on Darko Karmatic’s feed in the 54th minute.

Durr tied sophomore Nick Rodriguez for the Dolphins lead in goals. Rodriguez still has the most points (five) with Durr second in that category with four.

Johnson has entrusted Synnes with a more defensive role. Yet the freshman found the net for his first career goal in just his fifth NCAA game, putting the Dolphins within one with a scoring strike at 79:33.

Temple’s Bobby Rosato held on for the win, making four of his five saves in the second half. Rosato was also boosted by a team defensive save, thwarting JU’s comeback bid. Foley finished with three saves.

The Dolphins will round out the Stetson Classic with a home game against Furman on Sunday. Kickoff at the Ashley Sports Complex is scheduled for a 1 p.m.

- By Brian Bohl