Women's Soccer Wins TAAC Title, Advances to NCAA Tournament

Nov. 4, 2000

BOCA RATON, Fla. - When the Jacksonville University women's soccer team hit the field for its first practice of the 2000 season, head coach Mike Johnson instilled in his team a three-word slogan for the year: "Get it done."

After advancing to the TAAC Championship game in each of the past two seasons only to watch another team go on to the NCAA Tournament, the Dolphins "got it done" when junior forward Karen Novak (Coral Springs, Fla.) headed in a corner kick from senior midfielder Marit Foss (Hamresanden, Norway) at the 72:05 mark to give JU a 2-1 victory over Florida Atlantic in the TAAC Tournament for the University's first-ever women's soccer conference title and subsequent trip to the postseason.

"This is something we set out to do from day one - win the TAAC Tournament," Johnson said. "I can't say enough about this team. The way these girls have played all year can't be put into words. They did a great job today, as they had done all year, and got the job done.

"We started our season on this field (vs. McNeese State in the FAU Kickoff Classic on Aug. 25), and we finished it on this field. This is a big win for this program, but we're not done yet. We've had our eye on making the NCAA Tournament all year, and we plan on making it past the first round."

Novak was named tournament Most Valuable Player, and was joined by teammates Foss, midfielder Kristen Holstrom (Anaheim, Calif.), forward Trine Riis Groven (Skien, Norway), defender Hanni Wenzell (Camino, Wash.) and goalkeeper Melissa Cancio (Hialeah, Fla.) on the all-tournament team.

The win improves the Dolphins' record to 19-2 as JU went undefeated in TAAC play with a perfect 9-0-0 mark in league activity.

The two teams fought to a scorless tie in the first half, and FAU drew first blood when forward Lisanne Peart scored from three-yards away off an assist from Melissa Bobby at the 56:23 mark. JU would tie the score with 18:55 left to play when Riis Groven took a pass from Holstrom and beat Owl's goalkeeper Molly Keating from inside the six-yard box.

Less than four minutes later, Novak's header proved to be the game-winning goal and the Dolphins began their celebration.

Cancio logged three saves as JU outshot FAU, 19-16. Keating, meanwhile, had nine saves for the Owls.

The Dolphins will have to wait to find out who their NCAA Tournament opponent will be and where the game will be played. The NCAA bracket will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 10 p.m. The team, along with several members of the JU athletic staff, will gather at Sneaker's Sports Grille to find out their fate.