MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2008
Women’s soccer shuts out Flagler, 5-0
Freshman Jessica Hurtado scored twice and had an assist, while sophomore Jelena Vrcelj tallied three assists to help the JU women’s soccer team down Flagler, 5-0, on Monday night in St. Augustine, Fla.

After only recording five shots in the season opener, the Dolphins (1-1-0) peppered the nets for 22 shots and tallied three first half goals. The Saints (0-1-0) were held to six attempts for the match.

“We started the game well and played with intensity,” said JU first-year head coach Brian Copham. “I was glad to see us play with a physical presence for the entire 90 minutes. We were glad to get in the game and it showed with everyone who stepped on the field.”

Less than six minutes into the match, the Dolphins gained the lead on a 25-yard shot from junior Regan Riley off a deflection on Vrcelj. Emme Graham quickly made it 2-0 at 11-minute mark as she bent it inside the left side of the goal, while kicking from the right corner box.

Hurtado recorded her first career goal inside the left corner of the net from five-yards out on assist from Vrcelj to end JU’s first half scoring.

In the second half, senior Keri Zwikker got into the action with her 41st-career goal in the 66th minute on a pass from Hurtado to give JU a commanding 4-0 lead.

Hurtado wrapped up the scoring after connecting on a penalty kick less than three minutes later.

Freshman Alex Rooney (1-1-0) made three stops in goal to earn her first win, while Saints backup goalie Cristina Brabson made five saves in the second half.

The Dolphins return to action on Friday against Duquesne at the Ashley Sports Complex. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.