Jacksonville Dominates North Florida In River City Rumble Rivalry

Jacksonville Dominates North Florida In River City Rumble Rivalry

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville women's soccer team picked the perfect time for its highest scoring conference output this season. The Dolphins dominated rival North Florida in a 3-0 win to clinch home field in the opening round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament next weekend.

With the win in the regular season finale, Jacksonville upped its point total to 12 to finish in third in the A-Sun standings at 4-3-0.

"It was a great college soccer game tonight. There was a great crowd," Said Head Coach Brian Copham. "I'm very thankful for our fans that made the trip across town. They were loud and supportive the entire time. Very pleased with the team effort tonight. The movement, energy and pace in The attack was fantastic. Defensively I was very proud of the back line and goalkeeping to keep the clean sheet. Glad we were able to end the regular season on a positive note and now must prepare ourselves for the tournament."

Sope Akindoju put the Dolphins on the board early with a close range shot after taking a cross from Joelle d'Entremont. Akindoju goal in the fourth minute set the tone for the match.   

With Jacksonville dominating the action, the score remained at 1-0 until the early portion of the second half. d'Entremont extended the lead to 2-0 in the 49th minute with her first goal of the season. After taking a pass from Lindsay Forrest in the middle of the box, she converted after firing form 10 yards out.

In the 69th minute, Akindoju struck again. The freshman connected on her fifth goal of the season after taking a ball into the center of the box and beating the goal keeper 1 on 1.  

Jacksonville held a 19-12 advantage in shots taken. The Dolphins held the Ospreys to just three shots on goal. All three shots were saved by Sarah Sierra, who recorded her fifth shutout of the season.

The Dolphins will now face Kennesaw State in the first round A-Sun Tournament, game time has not yet been determined.