Early goal dooms Dolphins

FORT MYERS, FL -- The JU men’s soccer team’s 2012 season came to a close Wednesday night as they fell to the #3 seed ETSU Bucs in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.  ETSU was able to score the game’s only goal less than five minutes into the match.

In what turned out to be a very even and hard-fought contest, the early mistake by the Dolphins in the opening minutes of the game proved to be the difference.

The conference’s leading scorer and newly crowned Player of the Year, David Geno, helped create the early score like he has done all season. 

Geno dribbled the ball to the right corner of the field, holding off a Dolphin defender until unfortunatnely for JU that defender slipped and fell.  Geno then delivered a low cross to the center of the box that teammate Itode Fubara found and shot past the outstretched hands of JU goal keeper Gavin Carlin. 

Carlin did well to erase the goal out of his mind and keep the Dolphins within striking distance.  He came up with four saves on the night including a save late in a one-on-one situation with Geno that would have iced the game for the Bucs. 

The JU offense struggled to muster up a real threat at times during the game.  Sophomore forward and first team All-Conference selection Matheus Saroli came up with four of the Dolphins’ six shots and was the only JU player to really test the ETSU keeper. 

ETSU will advance to the semifinal round of the A-Sun Tournament to take on the #2 seed Mercer Bears.

The Dolphins finish the season with a 4-14-1 overall record including 3-6-0 in A-Sun play.