THURSDAY, OCTOBER 09, 2008
Women’s soccer faces A-Sun rival Stetson on Friday
The JU women’s soccer team will battle a couple of in-state Atlantic Sun rivals starting on Friday against Stetson in DeLand, Fla. at 7 p.m.

The Dolphins (5-6-1, 2-2 A-Sun) finish the week at home on Sunday against Florida Gulf Coast with kick off set for 2 p.m.

“This is another huge weekend for us in A-Sun play,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “Both teams were picked to finish high in the preseason polls and have already picked up good wins.

“Stetson earned a great win against Kennesaw State so they will be a tough challenge, especially at home. Florida Gulf Coast is a young team, but they are very talented and well coached. We will have another big test waiting for us at home on Sunday.”

JU has lost a little ground to start the A-Sun schedule, but have been good about bouncing back from it.

On Sept. 26, the Dolphins rallied to tie ETSU in the A-Sun opener with a goal by sophomore defender Devon Dowell and had momentum at the end of regulation, but the Buccaneers scored less than two minutes into overtime to steal the win. The Dolphins bounced back with two goals by senior forward Keri Zwikker and a goal by sophomore forward Jelena Vrcelj for a 3-1 win against USC Upstate on Sept. 28.

Over the weekend, the Dolphins stumbled again out the gates as Kennesaw State scored a pair of goals in each half for a 4-0 victory on Oct. 3. But JU rebounded again a day later on a goal by senior defender Katie Orr to down Mercer, 1-0, at Bear Field in Macon, Ga.

Currently, Zwikker leads the team and ranks second in the A-Sun with seven goals scored. She has 47 career goals, which is six goals shy of tying JU’s career mark of 53 set by Stine Kloster. Vrcelj has tallied a team-high four assists, while freshman goalie Alexa Rooney leads the A-Sun in shutouts with four. She is also one shutout away from cracking the top five in the JU single-season record books.

The Hatters (4-5-2, 2-1) head into the match after knocking off Kennesaw State and earning a win in Buies Creek against Campbell on Oct. 4. The Eagles (6-2-2, 1-0-2) tied twice to open A-Sun play before shutting out Campbell, 3-0, on Oct. 2. The Eagles will face UNF on Oct. 10 prior to heading to the Ashley Sports Complex.