Dolphins Settle for Tie in OT Thriller

Dolphins Settle for Tie in OT Thriller

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By: Austin Weaver

The lights were fired up this Friday night at Hodges Stadium as two Atlantic sun giants took to the field to test their mettle against one another. Fighting not only for a conference win, but a point in the Sun Trust River City Rumble, the ladies of the Jacksonville University and UNF soccer teams left everything on the field in a grueling match that ended in a one-to-one tie after two sessions of extra time.

The Ospreys scored 60 minutes into the game when Junior Forward Carolina Lencina took a pass at the top of the box, beating a JU defender and sinking the ball into the far side net.

With 10 minutes left in regulation, JU was able to take advantage of a UNF slip up inside the box. After a short scrum, Freshman Marie Weckhurst gained control of the ball, passed it out of the mess to waiting Mid fielder Jessica Cataldo-Ramirez, who was able to sneak the ball right past the preoccupied goal keeper, tying the game up at one a piece.

The game then went into overtime, tied 1-1, and both teams fought until their last breaths.

It seemed like the Dolphins came up on top when sophomore Kaitlyn Bassett got a pass on a break away, flew down field and sunk a shot right at the goal, just over the cross bar.

“I was very pleased with the way the girls played Friday night” said JU Head Coach Brian Copham. “There were many facets that we did well in and some that still need work. This was a big game, not only because of the rivalry, but because a lot of the girls on our team grew up playing on travel teams here in Florida. Some of these girls have been playing the same group of girls for quite a while now.”

The whole team played their hearts out Friday. Goal keeper Jill D’Amico, as well as defenders Alexandra Lee and Miranda Fyfe, played extremely well keeping the UNF offense shut down for most of the game.

So far the women’s soccer team is third in the Atlantic Sun conference after this past weekend. UNF is just behind in fourth. This weekend marks a major game for the Dolphins as they take on conference leader FGCU, who have a 4-0-0 conference record. That game is slated for Saturday at 2:00 p.m.