Women's Soccer Enjoys Record-Breaking Season

Nov. 15, 2000


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SEASON RECAP...When the JU women's soccer team hit the field for its first practice of the 2000 season, TAAC Coach of the Year 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, the Dolphins "got it done" when JU defeated Florida Atlantic 2-1 in the TAAC Tournament for the University's first-ever women's soccer conference title and a trip to their first-ever NCAA Women's College Cup.

"This is something we set out to do from day one - win the TAAC Tournament and go to the NCAA 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 and got the job done. This is a big win for this program."

In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, JU faced Florida State and lost 4-1 to the Lady Seminoles. Dolphin goalkeeper Melissa Cancio recorded a career-high nine saves, but it wasn't enough to overcome four second-half goals and 20 shots from 20th-ranked FSU.

JU opened the season with the first of its 11 shutouts, defeating McNeese State, 5-0 in the FAU Kickoff Classic. The Dolphins lost their second match of the season 3-0 to FSU, but went on to run the board and won 16 consecutive matches of the regular season. JU finished the TAAC slate with an unblemished 9-0-0 record, to become the only team to accomplish that feat since the league combined the East and West divisions in 1999.

Throughout the 2000 season, the JU women's soccer team set numerous school and TAAC records, while tying an NCAA record. The Dolphins set school records for goals in a game (10), assists in a game (10), wins in a season (19), consecutive wins (16) and shutouts in a season (11). JU also set a TAAC record for most wins in a season (19). Senior Marit Foss set a school record for assists in a match with a career-high six against Alabama A&M (9/1), tying a TAAC and an NCAA record. Foss also set the TAAC record for assists in a season with 28, breaking her own record of 20 set in 1998.