Women’s soccer falls in overtime to UNC-Asheville, 3-2
UNC-Asheville rallied from two goals back to defeat the JU women’s soccer team, 3-2, in overtime on Sunday afternoon in the final day of the JU Invitational at the Ashley Sports Complex.

Sophomore midfielder Lindsay Bragg scored two goals off the bench, including the game-winner in overtime, to help the Bulldogs (1-5-1) secure their first win. Senior forward Keri Zwikker had both the assists for the Dolphins (1-4-1) on the first half goals by sophomore forwards Jelena Vrcelj and Tamara Cormier.

“We came out and played very well in the first half,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “Unfortunately, we didn’t do the same in the second half and UNC-Asheville got back in the game.

“Overall, we did a better job of getting opportunities to score, but we couldn’t connect. Hopefully our squad can use this as a learning experience and grow from it.”

The Dolphins took the lead at the 15:47 mark of the first half when Vrcelj scored her first goal of the season on a header from an assist by Zwikker.

Zwikker delivered a cross to Cormier, who punched the ball inside the net for her first goal of the season to give JU a 2-0 advantage before half.

In the second half, Bragg cut the deficit to a goal for the Bulldogs by scoring on a deflection on a pass from junior McKenna Stockhausen in the 64th minute.

The Bulldogs tied the match less than eight minutes later on a goal by senior forward Robyn Busha after a JU foul.

Following the goal, the Dolphins had six shot attempts on goal but were unable to score before the end of regulation.

Bragg hit the golden goal less than seven minutes into overtime over an outstretched sophomore goalie Lorna Brownlie to seal the Dolphins’ fate.

Brownlie (0-1-0) made three saves in her first start of the season, while Bulldogs junior goalie Veronica Lazar (1-3-1) made six stops in the win.

The Dolphins are back in action on Friday, Sept. 19 against Mississippi Valley State in Tuscaloosa, Ala. for the Crimson Tide Classic. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.