THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
JU soccer sees four players ranked in A-Sun’s top-20
Liz Fink and Tobias Hottner were ranked in the top-20 poll for Atlantic Sun Conference players.
Liz Fink and Tobias Hottner were ranked in the top-20 poll for Atlantic Sun Conference players.
Both the JU men’s and women’s soccer team have two players listed in the conference top-20 rankings, according to a poll released by TopDrawerSoccer.com on Thursday.

Senior midfielders Liz Fink (fifth) and Jessica Hurtado (ninth) both finished in the Atlantic Sun Conference’s top-10 rankings. On the men’s side, senior defender Tobias Hottner (14th) and sophomore midfielder Nick Rodriguez (16th) rounded out the list.

“I am proud of Jess and Liz and the recognition they have gotten from TD,” JU women’s soccer head coach Brian Copham said. “They both made the commitment to come back this summer in the best form possible.

“They have both been very consistent with their play and their leadership so far. I hope they continue their high level of play as we head into conference play next weekend."

Fink leads JU with two goals and has registered a team-best 39 shots through the first eight games. Both of her scoring strikes have been game winners. Hurtado has one goal and three assists for a team-high five points, helping the Dolphins to a 4-3-1 start.

Hottner’s solid start has kept JU in games through the season’s first three weeks. After being named to the A-Sun’s preseason all-conference team, Hottner has been solid in the defensive end and is one of just three Dolphins to record an assist in JU’s 1-2-1 start.

Rodriguez has been JU’s breakout player. Entering the week, the Aurora, Colo. native has a three-game point streak. He scored a goal in back-to-back games against UMass and Florida Atlantic, respectively, before tallying an assist at FIU. Rodriguez leads the team with five points.

“It’s good to see Tobias and Nick get some well-deserved recognition,” JU men’s soccer head coach Mike Johnson said. “While winning as a team is the ultimate goal, it’s always a positive to earn praise from people outside of our program.”

The women’s team will next be in action on Friday when the team faces No. 15 UCF in Orlando, Fla. at 7 p.m. The men’s team will take on Temple at Stetson’s campus on Friday at 5 p.m. before hosting Furman on Sunday. Kickoff for that contest at the Ashley Sports Complex is scheduled for 1 p.m.

- By Brian Bohl