Dolphins Go Toe-To-Toe With Flames But Fall In Double Overtime

Dolphins Go Toe-To-Toe With Flames But Fall In Double Overtime

Jacksonville men's soccer (3-11, 3-2 ASUN) took the Liberty Flames (7-6-1, 2-3-1 ASUN) to double overtime, but fell 3-2 in the extra period to the ASUN Conference newcomer. 

In a second consecutive match the Dolphins held their opponent in check during the first half, limiting the Flames' attack and stopping their three shots on goal. Meanwhile, Jacksonville's Selemani Baruani was the only Dolphin to get a shot off during the first 45, and the two teams spent halftime even at 0. 

Jacksonville came out for the second half inspired as they would dominate the scoreboard for much of it. It took 56 minutes, but Jacksonville found their first score of the night on an unassisted goal by freshman Reed Davis. Davis found himself in possession of the ball after it deflected off a Liberty defender, and the Fleming Island, Fla. native came through with his fourth goal of the season. 

Davis waited just 11 minutes before adding another goal, again unassisted on the play. This time Davis stripped the defender of the ball and beat the goalkeeper to give Jacksonville a 2-0 lead. The two-goal advantage would only last 30 seconds as Liberty responded quickly. It was senior Tresor Mbuyu getting it done for the Flames, collecting his 12th goal of the year.

Jacksonville maintained the lead until the 75th minute when Kevin Mendoza struck again for Liberty. Neither team was able to finish the job before hitting the 90 minute mark and they headed to sudden death overtime. Another scoreless period came and went and Jacksonville found themselves in their second double overtime period on the season. Unlike the last, the Dolphins suffered a game-ending goal off the boot of Mendoza.

Next, Jacksonville plays host to non-conference FAU (2-9, 1-4 C-USA). That match is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 PM. FAU is the final non-conference opponent on the schedule this season, and a Saturday tilt with FGCU will wrap up the regular season. Jacksonville has already clinched a spot in the ASUN Championship.