Men Soccer

George Wahl II

Photo by Grace Singer

The Jacksonville University Men’s Soccer team season has not started how most would have hoped. In this young season The Dolphins are just (1-4-1). The Fins just concluded a rough weekend suffering a loss Friday September 16 to Temple University in DeLand, FL and yet another loss two days later on Sunday to Furman University here at the Ashley Sports Complex.

There are three non-conference games are left before JU opens up Atlantic Sun Conference play October 2. There are two home games starting September 23 against George Washington University at 7pm and concluding with a mid-day matinee with UC Riverside on September 25 at 2pm. Lastly, there is a road game at Georgia Southern University.

Most recently the Dolphins fell to Furman. It was a well fought, even played match until Furman broke through in the 76th minute. With 14 minutes left, Furman found the back of the net giving them a 1-0 lead.

Despite the struggles this season, the guys aren’t playing bad soccer. They were in it to the end with Furman a team that now holds a six game winning streak (6-1-1) overall record.

The game before that, JU lost another one-goal affair, falling 3-2 to Temple University. The game, played in DeLand, Florida, was part of the Stetson Soccer Classic.

The first conference match for JU is against Mercer University in Macon, Ga. On October 2. They are looking to get a few more wins under their belt before conference games start.

With the level of play up to this point being fairly decent, the record serves them no justice. There is no reason why this team couldn’t be (4-1-1) at this point. The good part is that there is still time to turn it around. There are three non-conference games and then the home stretch of 10 conference games. If all goes well the guys will be looking to do well in the A-Sun tournament and then possibly even a NCAA Tournament spot.

This 2011 mens team includes 10 seniors who are looking to have one final dance with collegiate soccer. Losing 10 guys after this year due to graduation will be a very difficult task but the younger members of the team have a great group of guys to learn from in the mean time. With such senior leadership present on this team, the possibilities for the conclusion of the 2011 campaign are endless. This squad will not go down without a fight.

JU is eighth in the conference but it’s a wide-open race. A good record during conference play could put them as high as third or fourth in a matter of a few games. They are playing better every game and they just need a few things to roll in their favor then those one-goal losses could be one-goal wins.

Once Atlantic Sun play starts, be sure to attend the home games located at the Ashley Sports Complex to cheer on the guys. Be there to support them as they try and turn this season around and reach the postseason.