In the annual battle of 9-A, the Jacksonville University women’s soccer team tied the UNF Ospreys 1-1 Friday night at Hodges Stadium.
After a scoreless opening period, both teams were able to tally goals in the second half. Clearly gassed, neither team was able to break through for a goal in either of the two overtime periods.
The game finally saw its first goal in the 59th minute when the Ospreys struck first. Forward Carolina Lencina took a pass from the top of the box and spun past a defender and beat Dolphin goalkeeper Jill D’Amico with a shot that found the side netting.
JU would find the equalizer with less than ten minutes remaining in the half. There was a scrum in the UNF box when freshman Marie Weckhurst gained control of the ball. She passed it back out of the box to the waiting Jessica Cataldo-Ramirez who blasted a low line-drive past the outstretched keeper knotting the game at one apiece.
The game remained tied at the end of regulation and headed into overtime. Both teams were clearly feeling the effects of the hard fought regulation periods and could not piece together a goal.
The Dolphins looked as if they might have a chance to end the game late in the first period when sophomore Kaitlyn Bassett got a pass on a breakaway. She gathered herself and took a shot that just went over the top crossbar and out of play.
“I was pleased with how we played tonight,” said Dolphin head coach “Rivalry games are always hard fought and come down to the wire and tonight wasn’t any different. I thought we created enough opportunities to score, we just didn’t capitalize on them. Overall, I was proud of our team tonight and the way we responded being down a goal in front of such a hostile environment.”
D’Amico played very well in goal coming up with nine impressive saves on 21 Osprey shots. Overall, UNF enjoyed a 10-9 shots on goal advantage.
The Dolphins (5-4-2, 2-0-1 A-Sun) will now have a two-game home stand in which they will host conference foes Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast.