Jacksonville Claims Nike/JU Legends Soccer Tournament Title

September 5, 1999

Jacksonville, Fla. - Jacksonville (2-0) overcame an early Drake University (0-2) goal to post a 4-1 victory in the final game of the 1999 Nike/JU Legends Soccer Tournament at Jacksonville University's Ashley Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, the Dolphins finished 2-0 in the tournament to claim the title. In earlier tournament action, the University of Massachusetts (1-1) scored six unanswered goals to defeat Georgia State (1-1) by the score of 6-2.

Drake got on the board first at the 2:10 mark of day's second game on a goal by freshman Josh Murad. Jacksonville senior Valdimar Rak answered the Bulldogs goal with one of his own at the 38:52 mark off an assist from junior Mike Popovic. Despite most of the first-half action being dominated by the Dolphins, the score remained tied at 1-1 at the intermission.

Jacksonville freshman Bruno Caixeta wasted no time getting the Dolphins going in the second-half as he scored an unassisted goal at the game's 47 minute mark. The game remained 2-1 in favor of the Dolphins until Jacksonville's Popovic converted a beautiful series of passes from sophomores Hope Chiota and Brian Fish at 83:32. Jacksonville senior Mladen Dikic put the game away less than five minutes later for the Dolphins when he converted a penalty kick for the final 4-1 score.

In the day's first game, Georgia State got early goals from freshman Wes Meadows and senior Mohammed El Khamissy to post a 2-0 lead with just over ten minutes played in the game. However, a composed UMass team struck quickly at 29:56 and 30:35 on goals by substitutes Matt Christy and Fred Kinateder to even the game at 2-2. With the game drawn even for the next 14 minutes, the game's turning point came with less than a minute to play in the first half. Georgia State scored what appeared to be their third goal of the game on a penalty kick, but the goal was disallowed due to a penalty box encroachment call. The subsequent Panther attempt was saved by a diving Todd Fowler and the teams went to the half tied at 2-2. With momentum in their favor, UMass went on to score four second-half goals, including three in the game's final eight minutes to post the 6-2 victory.

Jacksonville's Chiota was named tournament MVP, with Georgia State goalkeeper Walter Valesky and Meadows, Drake's Dusty Grau and Joe Sithonnarath, UMass' JR Pouncey, Josh Lytton and Seth Lilburn and the Dolphins' Mladen Dikic, Mike Popovic, and Bruno Caixeta joining him on the all-tournament team.