Women soccer battles Eastern Kentucky to a scoreless tie

Sept. 10, 2005

The Jacksonville University women's soccer team battled Eastern Kentucky to a scoreless tie Saturday morning in the first game of the JU/Best Western Invitational at the Ashley Sports Complex.

"We played well for portions of the game and then for other portions we allowed ourselves to get sucked into playing a direct game," said head coach Chris Kouns. "That is never a good sign for us."

The Dolphins (0-2-2) had several opportunities to score in the first half. They had nine six shots on goal, but wasn't able to take advantage. Junior Jenny Borschel had four shots to lead the Dolphins. The Colonels (0-2-1) had their best chance to score as the time was winding down in regulation and in the first couple seconds of overtime.

The Colonels attempted a shot at the open Dolphins goal with 10:15 remaining in the second half, but senior Amber Otto made running kick save to avert the goal. In the first overtime, a Colonels player actually made a header for a score, but the referee ruled that she was off sides.

"You have to give a great deal of credit to the EKU coaching staff and team," Kouns said. "They did a great job of getting eight or nine players behind the ball for the entire game and really compacted the field making it difficult for us."

"I was very pleased with Angela Hulse today," commented Kouns. "She was exactly what we needed from our team in order to be successful."

"It was also nice to have Regan Rone back from injury," added Kouns. "She gave us a bite and presence that was missing for much of the game."

The Dolphins face off against Coastal Carolina tomorrow at home in the final of the JU/Best Western Invitational at 11 a.m.