THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2008
Women’s soccer downs cross-town rival UNF, 1-0
The JU women’s soccer team used a second half goal and good defensive performance to down Atlantic Sun and cross-town rival UNF, 1-0, on Thursday night in front of an capacity crowd at the Ashley Sports Complex.
Freshman forward Jessica Hurtado scored the game-winning goal in the second half, which gave the Dolphins (9-8-1, 6-4) a 3-1 advantage over UNF in the annual SunTrust River City Rumble standings.
The Dolphins also sent seniors Lauren Haynes, Keri Zwikker, Angela Hulse, Heidi Dettmer, Kirby Hutton, Katie Orr and Stephanie Kormanik off with a win as well in the 2008 home finale at the Ashley Sports Complex.
The Ospreys (6-11-2, 3-7-1) were led by junior forward Katelin Swift, who produced a team-high three shots on goal.
“This was a great atmosphere with a great crowd, two solid teams and a good soccer match,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “I was proud of the way our team performed in the second half because we settled for nothing less than playing our game. This was a great way to send off our seniors in their final home match. Hopefully, we can carry this momentum tonight over with us next week at the A-Sun Tournament.”
With less than two minutes left in the first half, Zwikker had a wide-open net after Ospreys goalie Erica Lippitt was unable to snag a loose ball, but she dove to knock down the attempt and keep it scoreless at the half.
Hurtado broke through for the Dolphins in the 52nd minute after she slammed a chest-high pass in the net from a corner kick by sophomore defender Devon Dowell to give JU a 1-0 advantage.
Swift had the best chance to score for the Ospreys in the 74-minute, but freshman goalie Alexa Rooney made a diving save to kept UNF off the board.
Rooney would knock down four of her six saves to help JU secure the shutout win. Rooney’s shutout tonight was her seventh of the season, which puts her second of the JU single-season list.
The Dolphins return to action on Wed. Nov. 5, as they travel to Kennesaw, Ga. to compete in the A-Sun Conference Tournament.
2008 WOMEN'S SOCCER