Womens Soccer

George Wahl II

Photo by Grace Singer

The Jacksonville University Womens Soccer team looks poised to make another post-season run. The girls are looking to return to the Atlantic Sun Tournament and hopefully a second straight A-Sun title game.

As of September 21, the ladies had lost two straight leading up to their A-Sun opener vs Stetson on September 23 at 7p.m. in DeLand, Florida.

Their previous matches consisted of a (1-1) record in the University of South Florida Tournament. They opened on September 9 with a 2-0 win over Florida Atlantic University but followed that on the eleventh with a loss to host USF 2-1 in overtime, thus eliminating them from the tournament. Their last game before opening conference play was against University of Central Florida in which they fell 2-1 on the sixteenth.

Starting on the September 23, the Dolphins have 9 games left, all conference games. They begin on the road at Stetson followed by a trip to Ft. Myers, Florida to take on Florida Gulf Coast University at 1p.m. on the twenty-fifth.

Thus far, the Lady Fins have posted a (4-4-1) record while being (2-0-0) at home, (0-3-1) on the road, and (2-1-0) at neutral sites. Five of the remaining 9 games are home games where they will look to continue their success at the Ashley Sports Complex.

Aside from the undefeated home record, the play to this point has been somewhat average. The team has shown signs of light but can’t seem to put it all together. They’ve posted zero wins in away games but have two wins at neutral site games.

This year’s team is lead by four seniors. They are looking to return to the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship game for the second consecutive year, except this time, they want to win.

In order for this to occur, the women must put together a good run throughout conference play. In doing so, they would be able to secure a high seed for the A-Sun tournament and potentially home field advantage, which would be huge for a team who is undefeated on their home turf. A potentional low seed and road match does not look appealing to a team that is struggling mightly away from home.

With October looming right around the corner, the ladies need to put everything together to make a good last run at it. It’s up to the leaders of this team to make sure everyone is on the same page and has their head in the game every minute of every match. If they don’t get everything straightened out almost immediately, it could be a much shorter season then they were hoping for.