FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009
Women’s soccer finishes a successful spring campaign
Despite playing with a limited roster, the Dolphins showed a lot of promise for the 2009 season as the JU women’s soccer team finished a successful spring season.

The Dolphins posted a 4-2 record through six matches in the spring. JU opened with a 2-1 win over Savannah College of Art and Design. On the road in Tampa, the Dolphins dropped a pair of close 1-0, 35-matches to Miami and USF, but managed to shutout St. Leo, 2-0, before heading home.

JU returned home with a 2-1 victory over Florida Institute of Technology. They closed the spring with a 4-2 win against cross-town and Atlantic Sun rival UNF.

“I was very pleased with the progress we made in the spring,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “Even though, we had low numbers we competed in every game we played. This spring was a great opportunity for a number of players to gain valuable experience and playing time against excellent competition. While injuries caused a number of players to play new positions, it was a good to see them adapt and have success at new positions.

“Overall I was pleased with the effort and competitive atmosphere of spring. We are excited to have the incoming freshmen join us as we prepare for the 2009 campaign.”

At the end of the spring, the Dolphins also had their year-end banquet to celebrate the entire 2008 season.

Sophomore Jelena Vercelj was named “Most Improved Player” at the banquet after finishing second on the team with nine goals, while ranking second with five assists and 23 points. Vrcelj had seven of her nine goals in conference play, which put her as high as second on the A-Sun lists.

The senior trio of Keri Zwikker, Heidi Dettmer and Katie Orr all earned the Coaches Award. Orr was also tabbed as the Team MVP for the 2008 season

Zwikker led the Dolphins in goals (9), assists (6) and points (24) for the fourth consecutive season, while Dettmer added a goal and two assists in 20 games played.

Orr helped led the backline to nine shutouts and had the game-winning goal over A-Sun regular-season champion Mercer.

Overall, the Dolphins finished the 2008 campaign with the sixth highest win total (9-9-2) in school history and reached the A-Sun semifinals for the fourth time in the last five seasons. They also won four of their last five regular-season matches, which is the Dolphins’ best streak since the 1998 season.