Both matches this week will bring opponents to Jacksonville that the Dolphins normally don’t get a chance to face. After playing the Colonials, UC Riverside will visit the First Coast for a Sunday matinee. That match is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Though the Dolphins (1-4-1) have not win in the past four matches, head coach Mike Johnson’s team still has three non-conference games before Atlantic Sun play begins. JU has been competitive even in losing efforts. Three of team’s four losses have come by a single goal and the other defeat was a two-goal game at Florida Atlantic.
“We know how important our leagues games will be, so it’s important to end the non-conference schedule with positive momentum and swing these close decisions in our favor,” Johnson said.
George Washington (2-2-1) has roared back from a rough start to return to .500. After going 0-2-1 to start the campaign, the Colonials recorded one-goal victories over USC Upstate and Bryant. Seth Rudolph leads GW in goals (three) and points (seven). Yoni Berhanu is the only other play to notch multiple goals in 2011, scoring twice through five games. GW has also split the goalkeeping responsibilities. Alejandro Almodovar is 2-1-0 and looking to distance himself from Brendan Lafferty, who went 0-1-1 to start the year.
Henrik Synnes has logged a lot of time on the backline to start his college career. But the freshman made the most of his chance to play up front, scoring his first career goal to help JU’s comeback attempt against Temple. Synnes scored on just his second career shot and is second on the team with a .500 shooting percentage.
Nick Rodriguez posted a team-best three-game point streak last week. The sophomore scored goals in back-to-back games versus UMass and at Florida Atlantic before assisting on Predrag Ivanovic’s goal to set up a tie at FIU. Rodriguez leads JU with five points but did not see action against Furman to end the streak.
Senior goalkeeper Johnny Foley set a career high with eight saves, including two in the second overtime session, in helping the Dolphins to a 1-1 tie at FIU.
Fans who cannot make it out to the game can follow the live stats for both contests through the links on JUDolphins.com. Both games will also be video streamed through ASun.TV.
- By Brian Bohl