Women’s soccer defeats USC Upstate, 3-1
Senior forward Keri Zwikker scored twice, while sophomore forward Jelena Vrcelj recorded a goal and an assist to help the JU women’s soccer team down USC Upstate, 3-1, in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Sunday afternoon at the Ashley Sports Complex

Zwikker recorded her second multi-goal effort in the last three matches for the Dolphins (4-5-1, 1-1-0 A-Sun) and now has 47 career goals, which is six away from tying JU’s career mark of 53 set by Stine Kloster.

The Spartans (2-7-0, 0-2-0) dropped their seventh match out of the last eight and lost their first match of the season by more than one goal.

“It was a great team effort today,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “I was glad to see our team’s character come through to bounce back from a tough one on Friday night. We played hard and with intensity, which I like to see. Overall, it was a good test for us and hopefully we can carry this play into the next stretch of matches.”

The Dolphins took a 1-0 lead on a breakaway goal by Zwikker on a pass from Vrcelj less than seven minutes into match.

Vrcelj gave JU a 2-0 advantage at 8:52 after scoring her second goal of the season on a free kick that squirted past Spartans’ junior goalie Brittany Daughtry.

Zwikker scored her seventh goal of the season on a free kick in the 63rd minute to give the Dolphins a commanding lead.

The Spartans got on the board in the 87th minute on a goal by junior defender Alyssa Roegner, but the Dolphins quashed the late rally to secure the win.

Freshman goalie Alexa Rooney (4-4-1) made three saves in 86 minutes for the Dolphins, while sophomore Lorna Brownlie made a save in three minutes off the bench.

Daughtry (2-7-0) finished the match with nine stops for the Spartans between the posts.

The Dolphins head out of town for the next three matches starting with a trip to Kennesaw, Ga. for A-Sun match against Kennesaw State on Friday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m.