FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Jacksonville University women's soccer team met Lipscomb in the Atlantic Sun Tournament Friday evening where it gave up a pair of early first-half goals en route to a 3-0 defeat. In the semifinal decision, Jacksonville wraps its 2015 season with a record of 6-8-3.
Lipscomb advanced to the championship final on Sunday and will face the victor of Florida Gulf Coast versus Stetson.
"This was a tough one tonight but I'm proud of this team and the resiliency they've shown over the course of the season to never give up and never quit fighting," said Head Coach Brian Copham. "Even when things didn't look too good in the first half, they came back out to keep fighting and I'm so thankful for that."
The Lady Bisons pressured early and slotted their first goal in the 10th minute of the match. Intending to clear a dangerous Lipscomb scoring opportunity, the Dolphins were called on a slide tackle in the box which led to a Jade Abarca penalty kick.
Eight minutes later, Lipscomb doubled its advantage on a play between Natalie DuBoise and Alex Hickey.
Prior to the 2-0 score, Jacksonville went 2-for-2 with shots on frame. Kyra Cloutier and Bailey Dotsikas notched the attempts at the 13:42 and 15:56, respectively. The Dolphins' next shot, their final of the match, was tallied by Marie Weckhurst at the 69:35 mark, and while the Fins were struggling to ignite their offense, the Bisons tacked in another score in the 63rd minute.
The Dolphins entered the outing on a five-match winning spell. Their last defeat was a 1-0 decision against the Bisons on Oct. 9.
"This was a sad way to go out for our seven seniors that have meant so much to this program. We thank Marie [Weckhurst], Cheyenne [Gulick], Chawnee [Gulick], Lindsay [Forrest], Jill [D'Amico] and Ashley [Poirier} for the heights they have taken this program to."
"I hope this can also be a learning experience for the underclassmen – a feeling that they'd never want to experience again and a place they don't want to be again."