SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 03, 2006
Men's soccer rallies for overtime win over Central Arkansas
Sept. 3, 2006
Krizanovic scored two goals and recorded two assists, including the game-winning goal, while Axelsson put away two goals and assisted on the game winner as well to lead the Jacksonville men's soccer team to a 4-3 overtime win over Central Arkansas in the JU/Nike Invitational.
"I'm proud of the guys for battling back to win the game," said JU head coach Mike Johnson. "We didn't give up, but we should not have been in that situation. We've got to do a better job on defense and making plays."
The Dolphins (1-2) opened a 2-0 lead in the first half, courtesy of Krizanovic's first goal of the night on a penalty shot and set up Axelsson's first goal of the night, passing him the ball on a penalty kick which Axelsson floated over the UCA goalie.
But the Bears answered back. Just eight minutes into the second half, Central Arkansas' Will Kujawa scored on a penalty shot to cut the lead to one. Midway through the second half, Nick Hankins powered home a shot from 20 yards out, getting a stellar pass from Michael Gerard to tie the score.
The Bears took their first lead of the match just three minutes later as Jimmy Nummy rolled to his right and sent a shot to the upper right corner.
Trailing for the first time all evening, the Dolphins turned the tempo up again. With just 11 seconds left, Krizanovic's corner kick bounced in the box right to Axelsson, who took one step and rocketed into the upper right corner to tie the game.
In the first overtime, the Bears had the first chance to score the "golden goal," as Hankins broke away with a 1-on-1 with JU goalie Chad Comroe (1-2). Hankins shot was stopped stone cold by Comroe, one of three saves on the night as he faced 19 shots.
The Dolphins took advantage of their second chance a few moments later as Axelsson sent a cross through the box that Krizanovic headed in the lower right corner of the goal to send JU home with its first win of the season.
Krizanovic's two goals raise his season total to five and the assists were his first of the season. Axelsson's two goals bring his total for the year to five as well, with the assist on the game winner being his first.
JU is back in action again on Monday against Georgia State in the finale of the JU/Nike Invitational. Georgia State fell to UNF in overtime, 2-1, in the first game of the tournament.
2006 MEN'S SOCCER