Dolphins Fall To Bulldogs In Overtime

Dolphins Fall To Bulldogs In Overtime

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- The Jacksonville University women's soccer team dropped a close game in overtime to UNC Asheville, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Southern Oak Stadium.

The match featured 26 total shots, and was highlighted by a consistent back-and-forth pace, that kept the teams neck-and-neck throughout the contest, and eventually sent the game to overtime.

"I think we learned that attention to small details is going to be the difference in results that we like and results that we don't," Jacksonville Head Coach Brian Copham said. "We need to finish the job, and finish chances when we have them."

The bulldogs, who were playing their second match of the weekend, broke onto the scoreboard in the 34th minute of play, as Zoe Lewis rolled a ball by the goalkeeper into the opposite end of the net.

 The Dolphins would respond in the 52nd minute of action, when sophomore Meagan Gruber headed a ball in the goal off a corner kick for her first collegiate score. Junior Kyra Cloutier earned the assist, and now has the second most points on the team in the 2017 season.

A slew of shots in the final 15 minutes of regulation could not break a 1-1 tie in the second period, giving JU it's first overtime period of the season. The game-winning goal came off the foot of Asheville's Courtney Naber with just seven seconds remaining in the first overtime period.

Jacksonville goalkeeper Micaela MacKay was protecting the net for the third-straight game for the 'Phins to start the season. The sophomore finished with five saves, and now holds a 1-2 record on the year.

"We're going to consistently have to make sure our work rate and level is incredibly high across the board," Copham said.  

With the loss, JU drops to 1-2 in 2017, while UNC Asheville improves to 3-1.

The Dolphins will now turn their attention to next weekend, as they prepare to host a pair of non-conference opponents to finish off a five-game home stand to begin the season. JU will face LIU Brooklyn for the first time in program history on Friday, Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m., before welcoming Florida International to Southern Oak Stadium two days later on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 2:00 p.m.