Women’s soccer clinches A-Sun Tournament berth with 3-0 win over Lipscomb
Two first-half goals put the JU women’s soccer team on track for a 3-0 victory over Lipscomb, securing an Atlantic Sun Tournament berth on Sunday afternoon.

The win puts the Dolphins (10-4-2, 6-1-1 A-Sun) at 19 points in A-Sun play and guarantees at least a seventh place finish in conference, good for a spot in the tournament, as Florida Gulf Coast is ineligible for postseason play.

Senior defender Devon Dowell and sophomore defender Arianne Heaton each scored in the first half for JU and senior forward Jelena Vrcelj converted a penalty kick against the Lady Bisons (4-11-0, 0-7-0). Redshirt-junior Liz Fink assisted on the first two goals while junior goalie Alexa Rooney recorded her seventh shutout of the season.

“This was a great way to cap off the weekend,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “Lipscomb is a well-coached team that works hard and I’m proud of our effort. It’s always nice to come out with six points from a weekend.”

The Dolphins started off the match with a goal in the eighth minute on the second score in as many Sunday’s for Heaton. Fink delivered a corner into the box that took a deflection to the back post and Heaton’s one-time shot found the back of the net. Fink delivered another corner in the 21st minute that found the head of Dowell for the second goal of the match. A foul in the box would open the door for Vrcelj to score her fourth goal of the season and the third for JU.

The Dolphins outshot the Lady Bisons, 12-7, and converted two of their six corner chances. Rooney made three saves in the win.

JU will now return for its final home match of the year when it faces Campbell on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Ashley Sports Complex.