Dolphins wrap up non-conference slate with a win

The Jacksonville women’s soccer team finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with a win Friday night against the College of Charleston defeating the Cougars 1-0. 

JU used some late first half heroics as the game’s only goal was scored with a mere two seconds left on the clock. 

Freshman forward Marie Weckhurst scored her second goal of the season off the pass from defender Brooke Comans.  With the clock winding down in the first half the ball was played into the box amongst a scrum of players.  After neither team could get a clear touch on the ball, Comans slid the ball over to Weckhurst who was able to sneak it past the Cougar keeper to put JU up 1-0 entering into halftime. 

“I thought we did a great job tonight,” said Dolphin head coach Brian Copham.  “I was pleased with how we competed against a tough team and persevered to get the win.  We played with a lot of energy that was definitely a result of the enthusiastic crowd.  It is always good to get a win heading into conference play.”

Freshman goal keeper Hannah Allerton made her first start of her career as Dolphin and came away with six saves and the clean sheet. 

Charleston looked like they might capitalize on an opportunity to score in the second half as they caught Allerton out of position on a long pass back to her.  Allerton however remained poised and recovered to block two consecutive shots thwarting the Cougar attack and preserving the Dolphin lead. 

The match was tightly contested and evenly matched and it showed in the stats.  JU held a slight three shot advantage (13-10) with both teams only registering four each in the second half. 

With all of their non-conference games out of the way, the Dolphins (3-4-1) turn their attention to Atlantic Sun play.  Their first challenge will come against A-Sun newcomer Northern Kentucky on September 21 when the Dolphins travel to Highland Heights, Kentucky.