Women’s soccer shuts out Lipscomb, 3-0
Sophomore forward Jelena Vrcelj scored two goals in her second consecutive match, while senior forward Keri Zwikker added a goal and an assist to lift the JU women’s soccer team past Lipscomb, 3-0, in Atlantic Sun action on Friday night in Nashville, Tenn.

The Dolphins (8-7-1, 5-3) earned their second consecutive 3-0 win and claim a spot in the A-Sun Tournament for the fifth consecutive year. The Bisions (4-11-2, 2-6-1) managed only one shot on goal (eight shots overall), while absorbing 20 shots on defense by JU.

“It was a great team win.” Said JU head coach Brian Copham. “We played well, but come together in the second half to produce a quality victory. Lipscomb is a well-coached and improving team which has a good defense that took us some time to break down.

“Overall, I was really pleased with the way our attacking players created chances and finished them. I also thought our defense did well too. We hope to bring this momentum into Sunday against a good Belmont squad.”

At the 31-minute mark, Zwikker broke a string of five scoreless games to add her eighth goal of the season to give JU a 1-0 advantage on assists from freshmen Sissel Ravn and Jessica Hurtado.

Vrcelj made it 2-0 for the Dolphins in the 66th minute on pass from senior midfielder Heidi Dettmer and sophomore forward Emme Graham. She scored again less than five minutes later to put the game out of reacg with her seventh goal of the year on a pass from Zwikker, who now has an assist in the last four matches.

Freshman goalie Alexa Rooney needed to make only one stop to earn her conference-leading 6.5 shutout of the season. Lipscomb goalie Katie Shelton made five saves on eight attempts in the loss.

The Dolphins wrap the Nashville trip on Sunday with an A-Sun matchup against Belmont at 1 p.m.