Men’s soccer falls to Furman
Darko Karamatic was one of five JU players to record a shot on goal versus Furman.
Darko Karamatic was one of five JU players to record a shot on goal versus Furman.
Alex Crooks scored in the 76th minute for the only scoring as the JU men’s soccer team lost, 1-0, to Furman on Sunday afternoon at the Ashley Sports Complex.

Five players registered a shot for the Dolphins. But JU couldn’t get the equalizer in the final 24 minutes to fall to 1-4-1. Furman extended its unbeaten streak to six games in improving to 6-1-1.

The Dolphins capped the Stetson Soccer Classic 2-0 with two one-goal losses after dropping a 3-2 decision to Temple on Friday in DeLand, Fla.

The Dolphins looked to negate Furman’s strong offense. The first half moved at a deliberate pace with both teams employing frequent back-passes in attempt to create space downfield. JU limited the Paladins to just a single shot on goal in the scoreless opening half.

“Furman is a quality opponent and we were able to limit their chances for the most part,” JU head coach Mike Johnson said. “We’ll just try and take the positives out this contest and just try and get better for when A-Sun play starts next month.”

The tempo picked up slightly in the second half, though the combined shots (seven) equaled the first half. Furman goalkeeper Alec Kann posted two saves total and JU senior goalkeeper Johnny Foley recorded three saves.

Furman finally broke the scoreless tie at 75:17 when Alex Crooks headed in Jacob Brown’s cross from five yards out, scoring near the left post for his first goal of the season.

Clint Ritter and Daniel Hojaij both recorded a game-high two shots for the Paladins. JU senior co-captain Predrag Ivanovic added a shot for the Dolphins along with Tobias Hottner, Darko Karamatic and Stefan Durr. Trey Collins registered one shot coming off the bench.

JU will next be in action on Friday when Johnson’s team will host George Washington in a non-conference matchup at 7 p.m.

- By Brian Bohl