Late Rally Leads Dolphins To Victory In Home Opener

Late Rally Leads Dolphins To Victory In Home Opener

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- Tentative weather may have delayed the start of the Jacksonville University women soccer team's 2017 season, but it could not put a damper on the team's willingness to win.

The Dolphins defeated Charleston Southern Friday evening in come-from-behind fashion, 2-1 on at Southern Oak Stadium, to pick up their first win of the season.

"I'm really excited to get the result tonight," Jacksonville head coach Brian Copham said. "I thought the effort to fight back after the adversity was great."

The victory came at the hands of veteran strikers Kyra Cloutier and Joëlle d'Entremont, who each scored almost identical goals late in the second half.

After a scoreless first period of action in which JU outshot the Buccaneers 5-3, CSU's Sidney Doherty broke through on the scoreboard. In the game's 61st minute, the forward scored a top-net goal on a penalty kick to give the Bucs the lead.

The Dolphins responded in the 77th minute, as junior Cloutier scored her first career goal in a Jacksonville uniform, drilling a through-ball on the far side of the field that curved past CSU keeper. The score was replicated almost eight minutes later, as team captain d'Entremont netted a ball from nearly the same spot on the field.

"I knew when the ball left Kyra's foot it might be trouble, and when it hit the top corner of the net, it was," Copham said. "It was a really well-hit ball."

Aside from veteran contributions, several freshmen made an immediate impact, with newcomers Kia Jie Jacobs, Madelyn Hendry,  Madicynn Harnish, and Emma Wood each receiving playing time.

"There were great contributions from everybody tonight," Copham said. "Everybody that stepped onto the field lifted us up onto the field and made us better."

JU improves to 1-0 on the season, and has now won four out of their last six home openers. The Dolphins improve to 2-4 all-time against Chuck South, notching their first win against the school since 1999, and second in two contests played in the Sunshine State.

Charleston Southern drops to 0-1 on the season, and will now travel across town to face North Florida later in the weekend.

Jacksonville will be back in action this Sunday, as it hosts Elon University at 1:00 p.m. at Southern Oak Stadium.