Kia Jie Jacobs Nets Her First Tally of the Season in Near Miss Against Manhattan

Kia Jie Jacobs Nets Her First Tally of the Season in Near Miss Against Manhattan

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women's soccer team (0-5) suffered some heart break on Friday night under the lights of Southern Oak Stadium, dropping a, 2-1, decision to Manhattan (1-2) in come-from-behind fashion in the later minutes of the contest.

The Dolphins out-shot the Jaspers, 14-12, but held their opponents to just four shots in the first half. Goalkeeper Brittany Hundley made five saves in the game to push her total for the season past 20 in just three-plus games.

After some intense back-and-forth in the first half, where both sides generated point-blank chances that avoided the back of the net, the later stages of the second half finally provided some fireworks. Kia Jie Jacobs scored one of the more impressive goals you'll see at the collegiate level. She challenged three defenders, worked her way through contact and buried her first score of the season inside the near post to give the Dolphins their first lead of the season at the 78:33 mark.

Manhattan didn't wait around. A corner kick just minutes later led to a scrum in front of the net. The ball popped loose and with the Dolphin defense out of position Victoria Reis capitalized with the equalizing tally in the 81st minute.

A Yellow Card against JU's Kylie McCue came in the 86th minute, creating a free kick for the visiting side. That shot went high but Manhattan kept the ball in the JU end and eventually created a crossing chance that found a recipient on the other end for a rebound score at the 87 minute mark. Manhattan packed it in from there to keep the hard-charging JU at bay.

The Dolphins will be right back at Southern Oak Stadium on Sunday for a 1 p.m. kick with Winthrop. JU owns the victory in the lone meeting between these two programs.