Dolphins send seniors out with a win

Playing in their final home game of their careers, the 2012 class of JU women’s soccer seniors went out winners defeating USC Upstate 4-0 Sunday afternoon.

Marleigh Mlinac, Arianne Heaton, Kelsey Latham, Becca Massip, Emily Culbreth, and Eva Leeper all donned the green and gold for the final time at the Ashley Sports Complex.  Mlinac made her first career start in goal and picked up the win in the shutout performance. 

The Dolphins dominated the Spartans and kept the pressure on all afternoon outshooting USC Upstate 34-5. 

The offense finally broke through in the 23rd minute after a barrage of shots in the opening minutes when senior Becca Massip found a wide open Kaitlyn Bassett in the center of the box.  Bassett collected the pass and fired a shot to the lower left-hand corner of the goal passed the outstretched Spartan keeper putting the Dolphins up 1-0. 

JU would wait until the second half to add to its lead when Bassett would notch her third goal in two games.  She took a pass from sophomore Miranda Fyfe and dribbled around the keeper and shot into the empty net. 

Freshmen Marie Weckhurst and Karley Bush would each go on to add another goal to the Dolphins’ lead in a game that was never in doubt. 

“This was a great way to send off the seniors in their last game here,” said head coach Brian Copham.  “It was great to see everyone contributing to the complete team win today to finish up the regular season.  I can’t say enough about what this group of seniors has meant to the program over their four years here and I’m happy we were able to give them a win in their final home game.”

With the win, the Dolphins finish the regular season 8-6-3 overall and 5-2-2 in Atlantic Sun play.  Jacksonville earned the fifth seed in the conference tournament and will travel to ETSU to face the Buccaneers in a rematch of last Friday night in which the Dolphins won 2-1. 

“We play against a good team that is very good at home,” said Copham.  “We have to make sure we come out ready to play from the opening kickoff to the final whistle. “

The first round of the A-Sun Tournament is set for Saturday.  The winner of the Jacksonville-ETSU game will go on to face the top-seed FGCU Eagles in Fort Myers, Fla. on Nov. 2.