Men and Women’s Soccer Re-Cap

Men Lose to Hatters 1-0 at Stetson; Women Take the River City Rumble 3-0

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Men

The men’s soccer team is still having trouble finding their identity on the playing field. The Dolphins gave it their all against Stetson, who lead the Atlantic Sun Conference, but fell short in their efforts losing 1-0 to the Hatters on Oct. 24.

Although the men’s team wasn’t able to pull out a victory against Stetson, they were able to pull out some positives from their loss.

The Dolphins were able to match every shot on goal that the Hatters took with 11 total shots on goal. With every shot attempt, it was evident that the Dolphins were able to match the intensity of the Hatters step for step. Although the intensity was matched, the Hatters were able to get the decisive goal in the 56th minute.

Giving credit where it is due, the Dolphins’ defense was able to hold the top scoring offense in the A-Sun to just one goal, but that goal just happened to be the deciding goal. The Hatters, who came into the game with 29 goals, were held to just the one goal.

The setback puts the Dolphins at 4-10 on the season and 1-3 in conference play. They hit the road again on Nov. 1, when they will play USC Upstate.

They return home to close out the season against Lipscomb on Nov. 8.

 

Women

The Lady Dolphins on the soccer field dominated the University of North Florida to win the River City Rumble 3-0 on Oct. 24.

The annual battle between the two Jacksonville schools is not just for bragging rights, but it is also a conference game which makes the win that much more meaningful for our Lady Dolphins. The win, paired with the three goals that the Dolphins scored, bumped the women’s soccer team to third in the conference with 12 points and a 4-3 conference record.

“Very pleased with the team effort tonight,” said head coach Brian Copham. “The movement, energy and pace in the attack was fantastic.”

Freshman Sope Akindoju got the scoring underway early when she connected from close range in the fourth minute. After junior Lindsay Forrest put one in the back of the net in the 49th minute, Akindoju scored her fifth goal of the season in the 68th minute.

From the beginning of the match it was clear that the Dolphins controlled the tempo and the final shot count, which was 19-12 in favor of the Dolphins.

Because of the dominate performance, the Lady Dolphins will host Kennesaw State in the first round of the A-Sun tournament. The game time has not yet been determined.

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