Women’s soccer falls to Fairfield, 2-0
Senior midfielder Ahna Johnson scored twice to lead Fairfield to a 2-0 victory over the JU women’s soccer team on Friday night in the first day of the JU Invitational at the Ashley Sports Complex.

The Stags (5-1-0) extend their winning streak to five matches after dropping the season opener at St. John’s on Aug. 22. The Dolphins (1-3-1) managed eight shots at the nets. Senior forward Keri Zwikker and freshman forward Jessica Hurtado led the way two shots a piece.

“This was another night of putting pieces together towards the big picture,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “We just have to be more consistent. I thought we defended well, but Johnson is a very good and dangerous forward who made us pay twice with the mistakes we had.

“Overall, we have to be more organized and focused for the entire 90 minutes, especially against a good team like Fairfield.”

At the 16:19 mark of the first half, Johnson snuck a shot in the right side of that goal that bounced in off the pole on an assist by junior forward Casey Froby to give the Stags a 1-0 advantage.

Johnson gave the Stags more cushion in the second half after scoring off a header from freshman midfielder Jackie Taylor in the 75th minute.

Sophomore forward Jelena Vrcelji missed putting the Dolphins on the board during the 65th minute with a header that went wide of the right post, while Zwikker couldn’t connect on an open look that sailed high in the 70th minute.

Freshman goalie Kelly Boudreau (4-1-0) earned her second shutout of the season for the Stags with five stops, while freshman keeper Alexa Rooney (1-3-1) tallied seven saves in the loss for JU.

The Dolphins finish the invitational on Sunday at 2 p.m. against UNC-Asheville. The Stags and Georgia State open the day at noon.