Two Dolphins receive Atlantic Sun honors

A pair of men’s soccer forwards received All-Conference accolades Tuesday.   Sophomore Matheus Saroli was named to the All-Conference first team while Rene Reyes was named to the All-Freshman team. 

Saroli, in his first season with the Dolphins after transferring from William Carey University, finished second in the conference in both goals and points.  His 18 points only trailed that of A-Sun Player of the Year David Geno.  All season long Saroli showed off his creativity with the ball scoring several deep, bending goals.  In the Dolphins’ must-win regular season finale against cross-town rival UNF, Saroli scored two goals and added an assist in the huge 5-1 win that moved JU up into the sixth and final spot for the upcoming A-Sun Tournament. 

Reyes enjoyed a great freshman campaign finishing third on the team in goals.  He utilized his speed and quickness to attack defenses and put the pressure on their backlines.  His biggest goal of the season came on October 20 when he scored the game winner against the previously unbeaten in conference play Mercer Bears giving the Dolphins the improbable 2-1 upset.  The Bears scored to tie the game up at 1-1 in the second half, but Reyes responded with the go-ahead goal just 30 seconds after to put the Dolphins back up for good. 

“I am happy for Matheus and Rene for this individual honor and recognition,” said head coach Ryan Pratt.  “They have both been an integral part of our team’s push to qualify for the A-Sun Tournament.”

The Dolphins now turn their attention to the #3 seed ETSU Bucs in a rematch of a regular season game in which ETSU scored with 30 seconds left in the second half to win 2-1.  The game is set for 4 p.m. tomorrow at the #1 seed FGCU Eagles soccer facility in Fort Myers, Fla. 

“We are all excited to begin the postseason tomorrow against a very good ETSU team.”

JU will look to extend its hot play of late and move on to the semi-final round.  The winner of tomorrow’s matchup will go on to face the #2 seed Mercer Bears on Friday at 4 p.m.