JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-Following the conclusion of their 2017 regular season schedule, the Jacksonville University women's soccer team will enter the ASUN Conference Tournament as the #6 seed, and will compete in the quarterfinals this weekend. The Dolphins will travel to DeLand, Fla. for the second straight week, facing #3 Stetson on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7:00 p.m.
JU concluded their regular season campaign on Saturday, Oct. 21, dropping a 2-1 decision on the road to The Hatters to finish the year with a 4-10 overall record. SU struck early in the match, scoring in the game's second minute to take immediate control of the pace at home. The Dolphins netted the equalizer in the 62nd minute of play, as sophomore Zoe Zinis pushed a ball to the far left corner of the net, finishing on a textbook cross from Sope Akindoju. The Hatters would re-gain the lead 10 minutes later, netting the game-winner in the midst of a scramble in front of the JU goal. Keeper Brittany Hundley started her 11th consecutive game in-net for the team, notching eight saves.
The Dolphins will enter the competition in the ASUN Tournament for the 19th time this Saturday, and will begin their quest for a fourth conference championship. The team holds a 16-14-5 mark in post-season play all-time, including 1-1-3 when games are held in the River City. JU fell in the first round of the tournament last season, dropping a 4-1 decision to Kennesaw State in Georgia on Oct. 29, 2016. The team will look to advance past the first round of the ASUN tournament for the first time since 2015, when they defeated cross-town rival North Florida in a shootout to advance to the semifinal round. Following a 2-5 record in conference play this year, JU currently holds a 99-61-19 record all-time in conference play, with hopes of reaching the century mark in view for Saturday's contest. Head Coach Brian Copham will look to pick up his 50th win in ASUN play as the coach of the 'Phins, currently holding in a 49-23-9 conference mark.
THE ROAD AHEAD
The Dolphins will return to the site of their previous match on Saturday, competing for the second straight week at the Athletic Training Center in DeLand. The team made the most out of a similar situation in 2015, when they faced UNF in back-to-back matches, closing their regular season with a victory over the Ospreys, and advancing in the ASUN Tournament with a victory in penalty kicks the next week. With a win, JU will advance to the semifinal round of the tournament, which will be held in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 3.
The Dolphins will meet Stetson in the ASUN Tournament for the first time since 2006 on Saturday, and will match up against the Hatters in back-to-back weeks for the first time ever. Jacksonville owns a 2-0 record all-time when playing Stetson in the ASUN Tournament, taking a 1-0 victory in '06, and a 2-1 win in 1999. Following Saturday's loss, the Dolphins now own a 14-9-2 record against the Hatters, and will meet SU for the 26th time this weekend, the most meetings against an opponent in program history.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION- STETSON
Locking up the #3 seed in the Tournament, Stetson concluded its regular season with a 9-3-3 record, including a 3-1-2 conference mark. Having now won three out of their last four, the Hatters have outscored their opponents 9-3 curing that time, posting three shutouts in conference play this season. Following a score and an assist in SU's win over the Dolphins, senior Sarah Collins ranks second in the conference in points and goals, and was named ASUN Player of the Week on Oct. 23. Sophomore keeper Emily Plotz tallied a pair of saves in Saturday's win, and leads the ASUN in saves and save percentage on the year.
FOLLOWING THE 'PHINS
Live Stats will be available during the Saturday's game, and live updates will be sent out from the JU women's soccer Twitter account.