Women’s soccer falls in season opener to College of Charleston, 2-0
The JU women’s soccer team traveled more than four hours away to avoid the problems of Tropical Storm Fay, but ran into some different trouble in South Carolina as College of Charleston scored in each half to down the Dolphins, 2-0, in the 2008 season opener on Friday night.

Senior midfielder Megan Manthey dished out both assists to help the Cougars (1-0) secure in win. The Dolphins (0-1) were held to only five shots on the night, with senior Keri Zwikker recording three of them.

“We came out flat tonight,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “Charleston has a very athletic and attacking team. Coach (Kevin) Dempsey did a good job with that squad.

“We did some things well, but we need to improve some other areas for us to be more successful.”

The Cougars wasted no time welcoming freshman goalie Alexa Rooney to the collegiate game with three shots in less than 10 minutes to start the match. The third shot from Christy Barrow landed past Rooney to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.

Following the goal, the Dolphins were able to get only one shot off before the end of the half as Devin Dowell’s attempt was saved by Sarah Wiggers.

Zwikker had two chances in the final 15 minutes of the second half to put the Dolphins on the board, but one shot went high and the other was knocked down by Wiggers.

Hope Atkinson gave the Cougars’ insurance by adding her first goal of the season at the 86-minute mark, while Wiggers saved a shot from Katie Orr less than a minute later to secure the win. Wiggers (1-0) recorded three saves to earn her first victory between the posts. Despite the loss, Rooney (0-1) tallied seven stops on 18 shots in her first collegiate start for the Dolphins. The Dolphins are tentatively scheduled to wrap up the weekend at Flagler on Sunday. Kickoff set for 7 p.m.