Dolphins Too Much For Lafayette

Dolphins Too Much For Lafayette

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville women's soccer team was hitting on all cylinders on Sunday which proved to be more than Lafayette could handle as the Dolphins cruised to a 3-0 victory on a humid and sunny afternoon at Southern Oak Stadium.

After missing on a few early opportunities in the 1-0 loss to Boston College on Friday night, Jacksonville (2-1-1) was quick to make a statement on Sunday. Senior Kaitlyn Bassett (Littleton, Colo.) delivered the first score of the game nine minutes in when she scored off a rebounded shot from junior Marie Weckhurst (West Hills, Calif.).

"We wanted to come out and be the best team with our best foot forward today," said Bassett. "We had a long game on Friday and knew if we were able to score early on it would set the tone and make it easier for us the rest of the way this afternoon."

The 1-0 lead carried into half time for Jacksonville before the Dolphins turned up the heat on Lafayette (2-1-0) in the second half.

"We talked about the tempo and the intensity that we wanted to play at today," said Head Coach Brian Copham. "In the first half it wasn't quite what we wanted it to be at, but in the second half it was very good. We didn't know a lot about them as a team, but we knew about us as a team. I wanted us to play at a high tempo throughout the game. In the second half I thought we really did that and was very proud of our effort."

After a slight 6-5 advantage in shots taken in the opening half, the Dolphins depth helped lead to a 12-4 edge in the second half.

"We have a lot of good players competing for minutes, said Copham. "The lineup is really competitive so we talk to the team about making the best of their opportunities. Be it 5 minutes, 10 minutes, whatever it is make an impact. Some players took that to heart today. Even though it may not have been as much as they wanted they were able to have some success when they were in and that is how their minutes will continue to grow. It is a process for us as a coaching staff, figuring out the right pieces and the right combination, but I think our depth definitely helped today being able to play so many people.

Freshman Sope Akindoju (Halifax, Nova Scotia) extended the lead to 2-0 in the 59th minute. Akindoju dribbled between three defenders before delivering from eight yards out for her first collegiate goal. In the 69th minute junior Lindsay Forrest (Lakewood, Calif.) pushed the margin to 3-0. Forrest intercepted a pass at the top of the goal box before taking it in to 15 yards and scoring from the right side.

The Dolphins are back in action on Tuesday at Miami for a 6:00 pm match.