JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A pair of impressive victories from the Jacksonville University women’s soccer team this weekend earned Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honors for both Kaitlyn Bassett and Julia Burton. The duo scored all five goals for the Dolphins as the team registered victories over Lipscomb (2-0) and Northern Kentucky (3-2), improving to third place in the conference race.
Bassett earned her second Player of the Week award this season with three goals on the weekend, knocking home both JU scores on Friday night to lift the Dolphins past Lipscomb. She followed that up with an 80th minute goal to complete Jacksonville’s stunning turnaround in a 3-2 win over Northern Kentucky on Sunday. The goals were her fifth and sixth game-winners this season and raised her career goals total to 25, currently seventh all-time in program history and just one back of Karen Novak, who scored 26 goals from 1997-2001.
Burton secured her first-ever Defensive Player of the Week award with two magnificent performances. The deep-lying midfielder was crucial in earning the shutout victory over the Bisons on Friday. Ellen Lundy came into the contest as the leading goal-scorer in the conference, but was held without a shot. Lipscomb attempted only six shots in the game and put just one on frame to test goalkeeper Sarah Sierra. Two penalty kicks had Northern Kentucky up 2-0 in the second half on Sunday, but the first two career goals of Burton’s career came just two minutes apart and tied the match at 2-2. The first came on a penalty kick after a handball by the Norse inside the penalty area. Later, she timed a run perfectly to meet a pass from Sarah Moghadas, blasting her shot into the left side of the net to square the match. Those two goals helped Jacksonville recover from the hole it had been in and set the stage for Bassett’s heroics. The 3-2 win was the first time in 13 seasons that the Dolphins had recovered from a two-goal deficit to win.
Riding a four-match winning streak, Jacksonville goes on the road next weekend with matches at USC Upstate and East Tennessee State. Currently third in the league standings, the Dolphins look to continue their climb in the conference race and secure a bid in the Atlantic Sun Tournament.