Dolphins tie UCF on the road

The Jacksonville University men’s soccer team was minutes away from securing its first win of the season but could not hold the 2-1 lead and finished in a double overtime 2-2 tie. 

Although the Dolphins could not pull out the upset victory for their first win of the season and first win under new head coach Ryan Pratt, they should be proud of their efforts tying a perennial powerhouse in UCF.  The Knights have been an NCAA Tournament team the past two seasons. 

After a scoreless first half, the action came fast and furious in the second period. 

UCF got on the board first in the 57th minute when Steven Lamberta struck a ball from 15 yards out that sneaked in to the goal over Dolphin goal keeper Gavin Carlin’s head. 

JU responded with the equalizer just five minutes later as junior forward Nick Rodriguez netted his second goal of the season.  Rodriguez got his head on a throw in from freshman Elliot Roshoir and directed the ball passed the Knight goal keeper tying the score at one all. 

The Dolphins were able to take their first lead of the season just four minutes later when freshman forward Gavin Craig took a cross from Rodriguez and beat the keeper with a well-placed ball into the upper right hand corner of the net. 

The 2-1 lead for JU held all the way until the 84th minute when UCF was able to knot the game up off of a set piece.  After a foul on JU, UCF’s Omar Vallejo served in a ball that Deshorn Brown headed in past Carlin. 

Neither team could manage to score in either overtime period and the game ended in a draw. 

The stats of the match were very one-sided as UCF outshot JU 26-10 including 8-3 on shots on goal.  Carlin and the defense came up big allowing the Dolphins to stay in the match and hold a lead for nearly 20 minutes as he produced six saves. 

Jacksonville (0-5-1, 0-1-0 A-Sun) will look to ride the momentum of this tie and finally get their first win of the season as they travel to High Point University on September 18.