THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 06, 2012
JU takes show on the road
With the defense seemingly humming along and improving with each game, the JU women’s soccer team is turning its attention to creating legitimate scoring chances as it heads out on a two-game road trip to South Carolina.

The Dolphins (1-3-1) are coming off a two-overtime 0-0 draw with Georgia Southern Sunday and will meet Presbyterian (0-5) Thursday and Furman (4-1) Saturday.

JU once again showed a stiff defense against the Eagles as it shut down the GSU offense on an energy sapping 88 degree day.

The Eagles had only eight shots (JU got off 15) and didn’t have a shot on goal until the second overtime.

“To limit a team to just eight shots with two of them being on goal in 110 minutes is a very good outing defensively,’’ coach Brian Copham said. “That means we’ve done our job and defended well. We doubled their shots so we are creating chances.’’

One of those responsible, Copham said, is midfielder Lindsay Forrest.

“She has really played well,’’ he said. “I think she played near 200 minutes in two games last weekend and was solidly consistent the entire time. And, Emily Culbreth and Becca Massip have both been dangerous from the attacking midfield position.’’

Copham reiterated the team is putting up good effort and, beyond that, improving.

“I am very happy with how the team is playing right now,’’ he said. “One thing I am very pleased with is the effort. We haven’t scored as many goals as we’d like but we are playing well and defending well and doing things we want to do. That’s a big part of it and we’re definitely getting better.’’

Now that the defense is rolling, the team is adding working on the other side of the ball while not losing site of the defending.

“One of the things we focused on this week is not just getting shots, but getting more and more dangerous shots,’’ Copham said. “You can take a shot from 40 yards and it’s a stat and it might go on goal, but it’s a lot less likely to go in than a shot from 20 yards away. Our focus is to get to those spots where we’re more dangerous and continue to create chances.’’

The Dolphins will meet Presbyterian at 7 p.m. in a rare Thursday game and Furman at 2 p.m. Fans can follow the action on judolphins.com.

- Jim Nasella