THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008
Women’s soccer faces Lipscomb on Friday in Nashville
The JU women’s soccer team will pack its bags and boots for the final regular-season trip starting Friday in Nashville against Lipscomb at 5 p.m.
The Dolphins (7-7-1, 4-3) finish the trip across town on Sunday against Belmont at 1 p.m.
With only three matches to play, the Dolphins sit in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Atlantic Sun standings with in-state rivals Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson. JU could earn a spot in its fifth consecutive A-Sun tournament (tying a program-best streak) this weekend with good results in its final road trip of the 2008 schedule.
“This is going to be a tough road trip,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “These are two very good teams we are playing against. All of the teams this weekend are not only fighting for a spot in the conference tournament, but for seeding as well. We hope to carry our momentum we have gained over the last few games into this weekend and keep it rolling.”
The Dolphins enter the weekend after earning a 3-0 win against Campbell on Oct. 16 in their only match last week.
Sophomore forward Jelena Vrcelj scored two first-half goals, while the Dolphins backline held the Camels to just four shots in the match to earn their sixth shutout of the season.
Senior forward Keri Zwikker has recorded an assist in the last three matches to take the team lead with five helpers, while also leading the team with seven goals.
Vrcelj is second on the team with five scores following her two-goal performance and freshman goalie Alexa Rooney has 75 saves in 14 matches. Rooney also has 5.5 shutouts to put her in a tie for third on the JU single-season lists. She is currently nine saves away from cracking the top five in career stops and 14 saves from earning a spot in the single-season lists in the JU record book.
The Bisions (4-10-2, 2-5-1) head into the weekend still alive for a berth in the A-Sun Tournament following a win against Kennesaw State (Oct. 12) and tying Florida Gulf Coast (Oct. 17). Belmont (9-6-1, 4-3-1) is a contributor to the jumbled A-Sun standings after downing Stetson (Oct. 17) and then falling to Florida Gulf Coast (Oct. 19).
2008 WOMEN'S SOCCER