Late Navy flurry sinks JU women
The JU women’s soccer team has the first 80 to 85 minutes down pat. It’s the last few ticks that are giving the Dolphins fits.

Navy’s Ashlynn Soellner scored on a corner kick with 6:14 to play and teammate Lily Kraemer followed with a goal less than two minutes later to give the Midshipmen a 2-1 win over the JU at the Ashley Sports Complex Friday.

The late goals, something that has plagued JU (1-3-0) since the preseason, negated a stout defensive effort throughout the JU home opener.

“I was proud of the effort but we have to put together a full 90 minutes,’’ coach Brian Copham said. “We’re very good at times and we did a good job early on in the second half and then we got away from what we wanted to do. We let them get corner kicks, we let them serve balls in and we didn’t defend like we’re capable of.’’

Navy (4-1-0) got off eight corner kicks in the second half (11 for the game), a dicey situation for JU.

“We knew they were going to be dangerous on corner kicks,’’ he said. “We dodged a lot of bullets, but you can dodge them only so long. When you get a one goal lead, you’ve got to keep that through the remainder of the game.’’

After a scoreless first half, JU’s lone score came on a heads up play by senior Becca Massip 68:16 into the game.

Teammate Emily Culbreth had peppered Navy goal keeper Elizabeth Hoerner with a shot from inside the 18-yard box but Hoerner was able to make the save. The ball rebounded back toward Massip who found the back of the net.

“She was in the perfect spot at the perfect time,’’ Copham said.

The Dolphins had 14 shots, six shots on goal, while Navy put up 16 attempts with four shots on goal.

The Dolphins get another chance Sunday when they entertain Georgia Southern at 1 p.m. at the Ashley Sports Complex. The game will be shown on free of charge.

“We’ve got some things to figure out,’’ Copham said. “We have to do that sooner rather than later.’’

- Jim Nasella