Early Lead Escapes The Dolphins In Crushing Loss

Early Lead Escapes The Dolphins In Crushing Loss

Jacksonville men's soccer (0-6-0) hosted the Georgia Southern Eagles (3-2-1) Saturday evening in their third home match of the season. Jacksonville maintained a lead into the second half, but the Eagles' offensive firepower was too much for freshman keeper Matt Levy as the Dolphins fell 5-3.

Jacksonville started strong in the first half, scoring their first goal in the sixth minute off the boot of senior Selemani Baruani. Baruani's goal was assisted by freshman Reed Davis, who wasn't done contributing to the cause. Early in the 26th minute the Dolphins were awarded a corner kick, which was served up nicely by Inti Antunez, and then touched by Steven Saunders. Davis took the pass and scored his first collegiate goal, pushing the lead to two.

The Eagles got back into the match toward the end of the first half when Javier Corbonell scored with seven minutes remaining. The Dolphins took the 2-1 lead into the locker room.

Jacksonville's Nazar Deputat scored a goal in the 56th minute to give the Dolphins their third goal, the most they've scored in a single match this season. However, less than two minutes later Georgia Southern came back with a goal of their own on a penalty kick. It seemed as though each team would continue to trade goals, but the Eagles tightened up on defense and their scoring chances continued.

Carbonell, who had already scored in the first half, went on a tear netting his second, third, and fourth goals of the match all in the final twenty minutes. Jacksonville was unable to keep pace with the Eagles, resulting in the 5-3 decision. 

Levy ended the night with four total saves, while the 'Phins managed 17 shots to Georgia Southern's 19. 

Jacksonville returns to the pitch Tuesday, Sept. 18 to face UT Rio Grande Valley. The match is scheduled for 7 PM at Southern Oak Stadium and will be broadcast on ESPN +.