Men’s soccer stays unbeaten against the A-Sun with 1-1 tie at Belmont
Darko Karamatic assisted on Stefan Durr's game-tying goal.
Darko Karamatic assisted on Stefan Durr's game-tying goal.
Senior Stefan Durr scored his team-leading fifth goal and sophomore goalkeeper Gavin Carlin posted four saves to help the JU men’s soccer team salvage a point with a 1-1 tie against Belmont on Sunday afternoon at Rose Park in Nashville, Tenn.

The Dolphins built a 21-8 edge in shots and erased a first-half deficit to move to 7-5-2 overall. JU stayed unbeaten in league play (4-0-1) and has complied 13 out of a possible 15 points to maintain sole possession of first place. Belmont is now 6-6-2 overall and 2-1-2 against the A-Sun.

“It was good to see Stefan and Darko continue to find ways to finish,” JU coach Mike Johnson said. “Our goal was to come on the road and get a win, but we played well and our goalie made some key saves. We just have to take the positives out of a long road trip and we’ll look to finish the regular season strong.”

Alex Jenison opened the scoring in the 27th minute when he headed Nico Olsak’s 40-yard cross over Carlin from the right side for the early Belmont lead.

But Durr netted the equalizer just 4:09 into the second half. The midfielder took fellow senior Darko Karamatic’s cross into the box and fired a shot from nearly 14 yards out to tie the score. Durr’s goal was his second in as many games after he also netted the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Lipscomb on Friday.

Karamatic continued his hot streak, picking up a point for the fourth straight game. After earning league “Player of the Week” honors on Oct. 16 after scoring goals in back-to-back games, Karamatic registered an assist for a second straight game. Karamatic also set up Durr’s score against the Bisons two days prior.

After Durr’s goal, the teams held each other scoreless for more than 60 minutes. The game marked the first time the Dolphins tied a conference opponent since Oct. 31, 2010 at Stetson.

Karamatic finished with a game-high six shots and senior forward Tyler Williams added four shots. JU built a 3-1 edge in shots after regulation, though no attempt was on net. Carlin made one save in the second overtime period to preserve the deadlock.

JU will look to sustain its spot in the standings and move closer to a potential regular season championship and No. 1 seed in the tournament on Saturday when the Dolphins will host UNF in a SunTrust River City Rumble matchup. Kickoff at the Ashley Sports Complex is scheduled for 7 p.m.

- By Brian Bohl