Dolphins Play a Solid 90 Minutes but Were Unable to Steal the Win
Photo By Skip Tapp
Photo By Skip Tapp

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.– Sophomore midfielder Griffin Kelly slashed his first collegiate goal but the Jacksonville University men’s soccer team needed just a little more lift as they fell to Northern Kentucky, 2-1, on Saturday night.

In the 8th minute, Mohammad Salhieh chipped the ball over the head of JU keeper Gavin Carlin from 25-yards out to score the first goal of the match and less than 10 minutes into the second period, the Norse doubled their lead on a shot from Brendan Murphy.

With 74:27 on the clock, the Dolphins put themselves within one on a united play from their midfielders: redshirt-freshman Ivo Lima, senior Guilherme Brandao and Kelly. After Lima had the ball bounce towards him on the left side, he cut it back and played it across the middle to Brandao who was advancing towards NKU’s backline. A Norse defenseman stepped forward and Brandao put the ball behind him to Kelly who tucked it in the far corner for the score, 2-1.

Trying to tie the match in the final ten minutes of play, shots from sophomore forward Nathan Dalton and junior forward Matheus Saroli landed in the hands of the NKU goalie and ended the Dolphins comeback efforts.  Dalton led all players in shots on the night with five including two shots on goal.

“I’m very proud of our boy’s effort tonight,” said Head Coach Ryan Pratt. “We played extremely well. Well enough to win. As we continue to mature and develop as a group these are types of games that we will begin to win."

In the loss, the Dolphins fall to 4-9-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the Atlantic Sun.

Jacksonville returns to Southern Oak Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 2 as they take on powerhouse Florida Gulf Coast (6-5-2, 4-0-1) in a 7 p.m. matchup.