Women’s soccer falls to Belmont in overtime, 3-2
Belmont came back from two goals down to defeat the JU women’s soccer team in overtime, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon in Atlantic Sun action at the Whitten Soccer Complex in Nashville, Tenn.

The Dolphins (8-8-1, 5-4) led initially in the contest on goals from sophomore forward Jelena Vrcelj and senior forward Keri Zwikker. Junior forward Annie Musacchio and senior forward Anna Holt each scored in the second half to tie the match for the Bruins (11-6-1, 6-3-1), while sophomore forward Jessica Rix scored on a penalty kick in overtime to seal the comeback.

“I thought we played tough hard-fought match,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “I’m disappointed with the way it turned out. We just have to execute better because Belmont was well-coached and talented team. Now, we have to move on because we have a tough match ahead this week against UNF.”

Vrcelj gave the Dolphins a 1-0 lead on her third score of the weekend in the top of the box on an assist from senior midfielder Heidi Dettmer in the 16th minute.

The Dolphins took a 2-0 advantage in the37th minute when Zwikker notched her 49th career goal from a shot diagonally across the box.

In the second half, Belmont cut the JU lead to a goal after Musacchio scored her sixth goal of the season in the 63rd minute on a pass from Erica Carter.

The Bruins tied the match less than six minutes later on a goal by Holt from an assist by senior midfielder Jamie Bullock.

Less than four minutes into the overtime period, the Dolphins were called for a foul in the Belmont box after a Bruins’ corner kick. Rix lined up and nailed a penalty kick past JU freshman goalie Alexa Rooney to get the win for the Bruins.

Rooney finished the match with seven saves, while Belmont goalie freshman goalie Sari Lin made four stops between the posts in the win.

The Dolphins look to regroup on Thursday in the home finale against A-Sun and cross-town rival UNF. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Dolphins will also be looking to gain a point in the fourth annual SunTrust River City Rumble standing between the two schools.