JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- On a cloudy Saturday night that brought occasional bursts of rain and win, the Jacksonville University women's soccer team fell to Florida Gulf Coast 5-0 at Southern Oak Stadium Saturday evening. The match saw the Eagles outshoot the Dolphins 26-4, with JU accounting for eight saves defensively.
FGCU mounted a 2-0 lead into halftime, with Marjorie Biolesen netting back-to-back scores in the 13th and 16th minutes to give the Eagles the early advantage. The Dolphins' ASUN rivals would add a trio of goals in the second half, with Lindsey Patton, Cassidy Morgan, and Lauren Greene each being credited with a score.
"We need to have a short memory moving forward," Head Coach Brian Copham said. "Things didn't go how we hoped tonight, and we didn't defend or create like we needed to. Hopefully we can learn from it."
Offensively for the 'Phins, senior captain Jessica Shaffelburg led the affair with a pair of shots, one of which was on goal. Madicynn Harnish, Camille Copperthite, and Meagan Gruber each spent the duration of the contest on the field, with Harnish and Gruber supporting the team defensively. Goalkeeper Brittany Hundley started her ninth game in-between-the-pipes for the team, making five saves in 65:55 in-goal. Sophomore keeper Micaela MacKay entered the game in the second half, making three saves in 23:05.
"We need to take care of ourselves, and make sure that we're doing everything that we can physically and mentally to prepare for the effort that we're going to have to put forward," Copham said.
With the loss, JU drops to 3-9 on the season, including 1-4 in conference play. FGCU improves to 11-2-1, and continues to be tied for the top spot in the ASUN with a 4-0-1 mark.
Jacksonville will now prepare for their final home contest of the 2017 season, which will come on Tuesday, October 17 at 4:00 p.m. The Dolphins will host USC Upstate in a rescheduled affair, where the team's four members of the Class of 2018 will be honored on Senior Day.