Women’s soccer opens A-Sun play against East Tennessee State on Friday
The road to earning a spot in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament for the JU women’s soccer team starts Friday as the Dolphins host East Tennessee State for their conference opener at 7 p.m.

The Dolphins (3-4-1) will finish the weekend against USC Upstate on Sunday at 2 p.m. Fans can view the match against the Spartans online live through A-Sun.TV on

“We are excited to start conference at this point of the season,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “Everybody in the conference is now playing with a clean slate. We know that conference is going to be a difficult challenge because there are good teams and every game matters. We have to come every day to play and we can’t take games off. We have to have a great effort to get the job done.”

JU looks to continue its momentum after winning twice at the Crimson Tide Classic last weekend. The Dolphins opened the classic with a 2-0 win against Mississippi Valley State on Sept. 19 and defeated UT-Chattanooga, 3-0, on Sept. 21 to finish with a perfect mark.

Senior forward Keri Zwikker scored three of the five JU goals en route to earning A-Sun Offensive “Player of the Week” honors. She was also named to the Crimson Tide Classic all-tournament alongside senior defender Katie Orr and sophomore defender Devon Dowell.

Currently, Zwikker leads the team and is tied for first in the A-Sun with five goals scored. She also raised her career goals total to 45, which is eight shy of tying Stine Kloster’s 53 for the top spot in the JU record book.

The Buccaneers (2-4) enter the Ashley Sports Complex in the midst of a four-match losing streak after being shut out at No. 20 South Carolina. ETSU has been outscored 18-1 in this streak and has only managed four goals scored on 67 shots this season.

The Spartans (2-5) have lost five of their last six matches entering this weekend. Each of the five losses has been 1-0 affairs and they have only been outscored 7-to-4 this season.

“ETSU is a well-coached team,” said Copham. “This is going to be a battle for us early on and will help us see where we are. Upstate doesn’t concede many goals and will be a very difficult team as well. We have been working hard this week in practice to get ready for it and hopefully we will be ready for this challenge.”