JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- In their first-ever matchup against the Blackbirds of LIU Brooklyn, the Jacksonville University women's soccer team proved the test of time Friday evening, netting a pair of second half goals to grab a 2-0 win.
Following a first half effort which included 29 combined shots between the two squads, the Dolphins broke through on the scoreboard in the second period, leveling a Blackbird defense that had held solid in the first 60 minutes of the game.
Senior captain Sope Akindoju put up the Dolphins' first goal of the contest, handling a ball past the LIU Brooklyn goalkeeper in the 69th minute to score unassisted. An insurance goal came off the foot of Sophomore Danielle Henry in the 81st minute, as the defender rolled a ball into the left corner of the net, finishing on a cross from Maya Fisher.
"I thought we really dialed in better in the second half," Head Coach Brian Copham said. "We talked at halftime, and the coaching staff told the team not just to settle for more chances, but for more dangerous chances. I really feel like we accomplished that later in the game."
Akindoju led a 25 shot effort on the evening for the Dolphins with six of her own, with fellow captains Jessica Shaffelburg and Joëlle d'Entremont following behind with five tries. Adkindoju and Henry each notched their first goals of the season, with the sophomore Fisher collecting her first collegiate assist.
"Danielle and the rest of the team have had a great couple weeks of training," Copham continued. "They were all doing what we wanted them to do, and we like to reward that with minutes."
Junior goalkeeper Brittany Hundley saw her first action in goal on the season for the Dolphins, playing the first 45 minutes of the contest in between the pipes and collecting four saves. Sophomore Micaela MacKay came in to start the second half for the team, adding a pair of saves to her campaign that has included three previous starts in net.
With the win, Jacksonville improves to 2-2 on the 2017 season, while LIU Brooklyn drops to 0-3-1.
The Dolphins will now turn their attention of another non-conference matchup at home to close out the weekend. Jacksonville will welcome the Florida International Panthers to Southern Oak Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 2:00 p.m. to conclude a five game home stand to begin the regular season.