SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2013
Dolphins Bear Down on Mercer in a 2-1 Victory
MACON, Ga. – Regrouped and refocused, the Dolphins averted a sweep of their opening Atlantic Sun weekend with a noteworthy 2-1 performance over Mercer on Sunday, Oct. 13. Junior forward Matheus Saroli netted both JU goals in the win to improve the team to 3-6-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
“We were very disappointed in how the game on Friday went and kept telling our guys we needed to rebound and put together a good effort tonight,” said Head Coach Ryan Pratt. “We grinded out a result and that’s what conference road games are all about; who has the fight, the will and authority to win and tonight we did.”
The Dolphins made their first shot of the match count and went up, 1-0, on flick in from Saroli. Senior midfielder Guilerme Brandao started the JU possession in the middle of the field, playing it up the left to sophomore Juan Arquedas. The midfielder then crossed the ball to freshman midfielder Jack Burns who touched it to Saroli for the finish.
Ten minutes into the second half, the Bears tied the game at one a piece on a shot from sophomore Juan Jose Morales.
Taking advantage of the scoring opportunities given, Saroli converted on a penalty kick for the Dolphins go-ahead goal, 2-1, with 77:21 on the clock.
Mercer outshot JU 21-7 and had an 11-3 advantage in corner kicks but stellar defense and a 10-save performance from keeper Marc Meny denied all scoring advances.
The Dolphins return to Southern Oak Stadium this week as they host USC Upstate and East Tennessee State. Thursday’s match with USC Upstate will be JU’s Coaches vs. Cancer Benefit Game and is set to kickoff at 7 p.m. Later, ETSU rolls into town on Saturday, Oct. 19 for a 7 p.m. match.