TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 04, 2008
Women’s soccer readies for Atlantic Sun Tournament on Wednesday
The JU women’s soccer team has finished its 18-game regular season on a high note, but the Dolphins most important set of games start on Wednesday with the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament in Kennesaw, Ga.

The No. 4 seed Dolphins (9-8-1, 6-4) will kick off the tournament against No. 5 seed East Tennessee State (7-9-1, 5-4-1) in first action at the KSU Soccer Complex at 4 p.m.

The Dolphins along with the five other A-Sun teams are vying for the conference title and the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

“We are all on a clean slate for the tournament,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “Everybody knows what they have to do to get to the championship. At this point, all that matters is which teams come out and execute. Hopefully we are good enough to execute this weekend.”

JU enters the week with four shutouts in its last five matches, which is the Dolphins best streak entering the conference tournament since the 1998 season.

On Oct. 30, freshman forward Jessica Hurtado scored the game-winning goal and freshman goalie Alexa Rooney earned her seventh shutout of the season to help JU down A-Sun and cross-town rival UNF, 1-0, in the home finale at the Ashley Sports Complex.

Rooney’s seventh shutout ranks first in the conference, which also earned her A-Sun Defensive “Player of the Week” accolades.

Senior forward Keri Zwikker currently leads the team in goals (9), assists (6) and points (25) entering the tournament, while sophomore forward Jelena Vrcelj has a team-high seven goals in A-Sun play.

The Buccaneers enter the tournament with wins over Stetson (Oct. 24) and Florida Gulf Coast (Oct. 26) to wrap their A-Sun schedule.

Earlier this season, the Buccaneers downed the Dolphins, 2-1, in overtime on a game-winning goal by Kelly Brinkman at the Ashley Sports Complex on Sept. 26.

The Dolphins have the upper hand though in the A-Sun Tournament after knocking off ETSU in penalty kicks, 5-4, to advance to the 2006 semifinals. JU used the momentum to win the next two matches to secure its second A-Sun Tournament title in school history.

All matches for the conference tournament can be view live on ASun.TV through atlanticsun.org.