Dolphins Open Atlantic Sun Play at Stetson

Dolphins Open Atlantic Sun Play at Stetson

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women's soccer team's quest for an Atlantic Sun championship begins this weekend in DeLand, Fla. In a repeat of last year's conference opener, Jacksonville takes on Stetson this Saturday at 7 p.m.

"We are excited to start conference play this weekend," said Head Coach Brian Copham. "We played a difficult schedule leading up to conference to prepare us for this point in the season.  Stetson has one of the best nonconference records in our league and we know that they will be a difficult challenge.  We have to be defensively solid and execute when we get chances around the goal.  We look forward to seeing who steps up for us on Saturday."  

The Dolphins' nonconference slate concluded on a high note with a 2-1 victory over Furman.

Ending the team's three-match scoring drought, Jessica Shaffelburg and Christen Barney each scored their first collegiate goal in the affair.

- Goalkeeper Sara Wicks sits in third place in the A-Sun with 46 saves through eight games played
- Marie Weckhurst leads the Dolphins with 21 shots and is tied for seventh in the conference with three goals
- Coach Copham needs one more win to tie the JU program record for victories. He sits with a 74-53-18 record at Jacksonville

Stetson concluded a solid nonconference schedule with a mark of 5-4-0, already matching its win total from a season ago.

The Hatters currently lead the A-Sun with 14 assists, while ranking fourth in goals scored (14), sixth in goals-against average (1.70) and third in shutouts (3). Adrianna Suarez, the team's leading scorer, ranks fourth in the conference with four goals, three of which were game winners.

SERIES: Jacksonville maintains a 13-7-2 edge dating back to the 1995 season … The Dolphins have won the last five meetings
NOTABLE: Sope Akindoju tallied a goal and an assist in last year's match to direct JU to a 2-1 victory

Welcoming Florida Gulf Coast next Friday, the Dolphins return to Southern Oak Stadium for their eighth home match of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.