Heat, rain can’t slow women’s soccer in 3-0 win over Francis Marion
The JU women’s soccer team showed no signs of fatigue from Friday night’s draw as it downed Francis Marion, 3-0, on a sweltering day at the Ashley Sports Complex in a game that was halted for 51 minutes in the second half due to lightning.

The Dolphins (4-3-1) were led by goals from sophomore forward Lisa Hensley, redshirt-junior Liz Fink and sophomore midfielder Emily Culbreth while goalie Alexa Rooney was never really tested, making two saves in the win.

“It was a good team effort today with a great level of intensity,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “We got strong minutes from 20 different players and we did well to fight through the heat in the beginning of the game. We’ll look to have a strong week of practice this week before our first two conference matches of the season.”

The Dolphins jumped on the board in the 14th minute thanks to some good ball movement in the midfield. Massip took a ball down the right side and picked out Hensley making a run into the box and the sophomore calmly buried the ball in the left corner of the net.

It was almost 2-0 just five minutes later when junior midfielder Jessica Hurtado’s effort came crashing off the post. Hurtado beat two defenders in the box and let a shot fly that deflected off the post and rolled back across the face of the goal and was cleared.

Fink quickly followed with her third goal of the season on a great shot from 20 yards out. After bringing the ball across her body, the redshirt-junior fired a shot across goal and found the left corner.

As the second half opened, the Dolphins took a carbon copy of the second goal to tally the third of the match. With Hensley playing the ball in from the top of the box, Culbreth took the pass and finished nicely.

Several minutes later, the skies opened up as thunder echoed around the grounds. Five minutes after the rain started, play was halted for 51 minutes after lightning struck within six miles of the field.

The restart of the match saw 30 minutes of scoreless soccer with several chances going JU’s way.

The Dolphins outshot the Patriots 30-11 while JU kept the pressure on all game with eight corners.

JU plays again next weekend at home to open its A-Sun schedule against Florida Gulf Coast on Friday and Stetson on Sunday.