Women’s soccer knocks off Florida Gulf Coast, 1-0
A first half goal by sophomore midfielder Emme Graham and a solid defensive effort led by freshman goalie Alexa Rooney lifted the JU women’s soccer team past Florida Gulf Coast, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon in Atlantic Sun Conference action at the Ashley Sports Complex.

The Dolphins (6-7-1, 3-3) improve their record to 6-2 following a loss and even their A-Sun record for the third consecutive time to finish the week. The Eagles (7-3-2, 2-1-2) ended their two-game winning streak, while also allowing their first goal in more than five halves.

“It was another hard fought conference match,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “It was good for us to get the early goal against this very good and well-coached Florida Gulf Coast team. “We got rattled a little bit in the second half, but weathered the storm to get the good result.”

Graham added the game-winning goal in the 12th minute from five-yards out in the bottom left corner of the net on passes from senior forward Keri Zwikker and freshman forward Jessica Hurtado.

The Eagles had nine shot attempts in the first half, but Rooney knocked down four to keep them off the board.

In the second half, freshman goalie Stephanie Powers laid out to knock down a penalty kick from Zwikker with seven minutes remaining to keep the Eagles within reach.

Freshman midfielder Olivia Elias provided the Eagles’ best chance to score with three minutes remaining as a she launched a shot of the head of Rooney, but the shot hit the crossbar and bounced to a JU defender.

Rooney finished the match with eight saves and moved into the JU single-season lists with her fifth shutout of the season. Powers made three saves in the loss for the Eagles.

The Dolphins return to action on Thursday as they host Campbell in A-Sun match beginning at 7 p.m.