Women’s soccer falls at Stetson, 5-1
Stetson rallied to take a one-goal lead at half time and scored three second-half goals en route to a 5-1 victory over the JU women’s soccer team on Friday night in Atlantic Sun Conference action at the Stetson Soccer Complex.

Sophomore forward Tessa Gavilsky scored two of the five goals in the Hatters (5-5-2, 3-1) victory, while the Dolphins (5-7-1, 2-3) were held to six shots in the match.

“We didn’t play very sharp tonight,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “We weren’t ready to go tonight and I take full reasonability for that. Stetson proved why they were tough to play at home. Sunday’s match will be a true test of our character and I’m confident we will be up for the challenge.”

The Dolphins took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute when sophomore forward Jelena Vrcelj scored in the upper left corner of the net from the third assist of the season by senior forward Keri Zwikker.

Senior midfielder Bethany Kiedis tied the match for the Hatters less than two minutes after her long shot was deflected high over JU freshman goalie Alexa Rooney and bounced in off the crossbar.

The Hatters received a 2-1 lead on Gavilsky’s seventh goal of the season in the 43rd minute. She gave the Hatters a commanding 3-1 advantage less than 10 minutes into the second half after scoring from five on yards out on a pass by sophomore midfielder Katie Bitetto.

Sophomore defender Kristen Higel scored her first goal of the season on pass from Kiedis at 79:33, while freshman midfielder Crossley Simmons scored in the 82nd minute to wrap the Hatters’ scoring.

Stetson sophomore goalie Andrea Garavaglia tallied three saves between the posts in the win. Rooney made six stops in the loss for JU.

The Dolphins look to bounce back in A-Sun play on Sunday as they host Florida Gulf Coast at the Ashley Sports Complex. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.