Fast Start Leads Dolphins Past UAB

Fast Start Leads Dolphins Past UAB


CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Jacksonville women's soccer team struck twice in the opening five minutes to anchor the way in a 2-1 victory over UAB at the College of Charleston Cup in South Carolina on Friday night.

Senior Julia Burton (Halifax, Nova Scotia) put the Dolphins on the board first scoring a mere 80 seconds into the match when she drove a shot home into the upper left corner from 40 yards out. Jacksonville stayed on the attack and three minutes later Junior Marie Weckhurst (West Hills, Calif.) extended the lead to 2-0 with a goal at 4:25. Weckhurst scored her first goal of the season after she collected a rebound from a blocked shot attempt by Sope Akindoju (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

"We were very pleased with the start," said Head Coach Brian Copham. "We got a little complacent after that, but finally were able to settle into a rhythm and keep our intensity. In the second half we had some good possessions, but have to do better creating and capitalizing on dangerous chances."

With the two goal advantage, the Jacksonville defense was more than up to the task taking on seven shot attempts by UAB in the second half.  

"The defense did a good job staying organized and dealing with their attack," said Copham. "We knew they were a good team and had to limit their chances. Sarah (Sierra) did another good job goal."

Sierra made four saves in the victory. She just missed a shutout as UAB scored in the 89th minute Johanna Liney scored on the near post.

The Dolphins complete the weekend on Sunday as they face the host Cougars at 2:30 pm.