THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012
Dolphins can't checkout of heartbreak hotel
Giving up a goal late in the game to lose is beginning to become a common theme with the 2012 JU men’s soccer team. The Dolphins fell 3-2 in double overtime Thursday night to Florida Gulf Coast in an important late season conference match.
Jacksonville entered its pair of games this weekend looking to move up from seventh place in the conference. The Dolphins will have to wait until Saturday night if they are going to better their standing after the narrow loss to FGCU.
The Eagles drew first blood, scoring in the 29th minute of the first half. Henry Penagos took a pass from 10 yards out and fired a shot past Dolphin keeper Gavin Carlin to go up 1-0.
The Dolphins would answer with a pair of goals less than five minutes apart.
Freshman Rene Reyes evened the game at one in the 36th minute when he took a great pass from Justin Syzymkowiak and took two dribbles in the box and shot the ball into the back of the net.
Sophomore Henrik Synnes would put JU on top five minutes later. Freshman defender Scott Hill was able to get his head on a corner kick that Synnes corralled and fired past the Eagle keeper for the 2-1 lead.
The Eagles wasted little time tying up the game as they scored two minutes into the second half. Felipe DeSousa beat Carlin with a shot from the right side of the box that found the left corner of the net knotting the game up at two.
Although the Eagles continued to pressure the Dolphin defense with shots in the second period enjoying a 12-2 advantage, the JU backline held and forced the game into overtime.
Neither team could muster up any real offensive attacks in the overtime periods as the game looked as it was headed to a draw and the Dolphins would earn the ever important point for the tie.
DeSousa had other plans as he would net his second goal of the night with less than five minutes left in the game. He found himself with the ball in the center of the box and blasted the game winner into the back of the net for the Eagles’ third conference win of the season.
Jacksonville (2-11-1, 1-4-0 A-Sun) will return to action on Saturday night when they host the first place Mercer Bears at 7:00 p.m. at the Ashley Sports Complex.