Jacksonville Captures UR Nike Challenge Cup Crown

September 18, 1999

RICHMOND, Va. - Jacksonville University junior goalkeeper Peter Popovic stymied a potent VCU offensive attack, making 12 saves, pacing Jacksonville to the 1999 UR Nike Challenge Cup tournament crown with a 2-0 victory over the Rams. Richmond finished second with a 4-2 triumph over Wisconsin in the second match of the evening

Despite being outshot 30-10, Popovic, the tournament's MVP, kept the Dolphins in the match throughout. He stopped numerous VCU scoring opportunities in the first half. The match was scoreless until the 64th minute when Jacksonville senior midfielder Mladen Dikic headed in a Mike Popovic pass from four six yards out. The Dolphins struck again in the 74th minute when sophomore forward Bole Aclmovic took a pass from Mike Popovic and scored on a 10-yard shot to the near post. The loss snapped VCU's four match winning streak and dropped the Rams to 4-1-1 on the season.

The Dolphins (5-0-0) placed four players on the all-tournament team, with Mike and Peter Popovic as well as freshman midfielder Guilherme Resende and senior halfback Mladen Dikic appearing on the squad. Richmond sophomore midfielder Bret Myers (Richmond, Va./The Collegiate School) and junior back Craig Ziadie (Kingston, Jamaica/Hotchkiss) each posted a goal and an assist as Richmond claimed a 4-2 win versus the Badgers.

Order of Finish: 1. Jacksonville, 2. Richmond, 3. VCU, 4. Wisconsin

All Tournament Team: GK - Peter Popovic (Jacksonville) - MVP, MF - Mladen Dikich (Jacksonville), B - Mike Popovic (Jacksonville), MF - Guilherme Resende (Jacksonville), F - Cam Letke (Richmond), B - Justin Usher (Richmond), B - Craig Ziadie (Richmond), F - Ricardo Capilla (VCU), MF - Roman Otten (VCU), B - Emmanuel Tetiot (VCU), F - Narciso Fernandes (Wisconsin), B - Steve Sorensen (Wisconsin).

Match Summary:
VCU vs. Jacksonville
Jacksonville 0 2 2
VCU 0 0 0
Scoring: Jacksonville: Mladen Dikic (Mike Popovic) 63:57 Jacksonville: Bole Aclmovic (Mike Popovic) 74:01
Shots on Goal: Jacksonville 10, VCU 30
Corner Kicks: Jacksonville 3, VCU 14
Goalkeeping: Jacksonville: Peter Popovic (0 goals, 12 saves) 90:00 VCU: Adam Mead (2 goals, 2 saves) 90:00
Fouls: Jacksonville 18, VCU 6
Records: Jacksonville 5-0-0, VCU 4-1-1

Match Summary:
Wisconsin vs. Richmond
Wisconsin 1 1 2
Richmond 2 2 4
Scoring: Richmond: Brent Cesare (Craig Ziadie) 29:13 Wisconsin: Aaron Lauber (unassisted) 29:24 Richmond: Craig Ziadie (unassisted) 30:52 Wisconsin: Narciso Fernandes (Abraham Bull) 56:56 Richmond: Cam Letke (Bret Myers) 83:56 Richmond: Bret Myers (Mohammed Alkandari) 84:37
Shots on Goal: Wisconsin 9, Richmond 25
Corner Kicks: Wisconsin 3, Richmond 4
Goalkeeping: Wisconsin Moriba Atiba Baker (4 goals, 3 saves) Richmond: Tom Beals (2 goals, 3 saves)
Fouls: Wisconsin 10, Richmond 10
Records: Wisconsin 3-3-1, Richmond 4-2-0