WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2005
Women's soccer set for Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Tomorrow
The road to the NCAA tournament begins tomorrow for the Jacksonville women's soccer team. The Dolphins will take on East Tennessee State at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament in Boiling Springs, N.C. The winner of the A-Sun tournament earns an automatic into the NCAA College Cup starting November 11.

"We are very excited to make the A-Sun Tournament for the second year especially after all the players we lost to injuries," said head coach Chris Kouns. "I am very pleased to know even if Kennesaw State and UNF would have been eligible for the tournament that we would have still made the postseason. That says a lot about young team and the future of our program."

The Dolphins (7-9-3, 4-5-1 A-Sun) earned a spot in the postseason when they defeated cross-town rival UNF, 2-1, last week. Freshman Angela Hulse and Keri Zwikker both scored a goal in the match for the Dolphins.

Zwikker will lead the Dolphins offensively after scoring a team and conference-leading 14 goals. Freshman Michelle Lavine will also be a catalyst in the offensive attack after recording a conference-best 14 assists, which also ranks fourth in the nation.

The Buccaneers (8-10-1, 4-6-0 A-Sun) come into the match after battling Tennessee Teach to a scoreless tie last Saturday. The Buccaneers will be lead offensively by Erin Ashton who has 11 goals scored on the season.

"East Tennessee State is a very tough draw for the first round," Kouns said. "It is always tough playing a team for the second time. We won't have many subs so we will have to play with heart to put up a good showing."

In their only head-to-head meeting, the Dolphins defeated the Buccaneers, 2-1, in the first-ever night game at the Ashley Sports Complex on Sept. 23.