Dolphins notch road win in conference opener

The Jacksonville University women’s soccer team took its first step to repeating as Atlantic Sun champions with 2-1 win over Northern Kentucky Friday night. 

Freshman forward Marie Weckhurst continued the stellar start to her JU career coming up with a goal and assist off of the bench to help the Dolphins get the win over NKU in the school’s first ever Atlantic Sun match.

JU took a first half lead off of Weckhurt’s team leading third goal of the season.  She took a pass from fellow freshman forward Sarah Moghadas and beat the keeper from 10 yards out. 

The Norse would even things up early in the second half off of a penalty kick to knot things up at one.

Weckhurst’s night was not over as she fed Dolphin senior and team captain Emily Culbreth a pass that she was able to convert into a goal putting JU up 2-1 and sealing the big A-Sun victory. 

"We had a good night tonight," said head coach Brian Copham.  "We fought hard on the road at a tough place to play against a good team.  Jill made some big plays for us in goal and Marie and Emily came through with the well timed goals.  We did very well to come away with the win. 

The Dolphins outshot NKU 18-13 including a 10-4 advantage in the decisive second half. 

Jacksonville (4-4-1, 1-0-0 A-Sun) will now travel to Lipscomb to take on the Bisons on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.