The #5 seeded JU women’s soccer team hits the road to take on #4 ETSU in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. in Johnson City, Tenn.
The game will be a rematch of last weekend in which the two teams faced each other in Jacksonville with the Dolphins prevailing 2-1. JU got two first-half goals from sophomores Kaitlyn Bassett and Miranda Fyfe and held on for the victory as ETSU made things interesting with a late goal from the conference and nation’s leading scorer Ramey Kerns.
The Dolphins will be looking to get past the first round of the A-Sun Tournament, something they could not do last season. As the #3 seed due to a three-way tie atop the standings last season, JU lost a heartbreaker to Mercer. The game was tied 1-1 through double overtime and went to penalty kicks in which the Bears won 4-2.
Jacksonville knows it has its work cut out when it takes on the Bucs and the dangerous Kerns at their home field.
“This time of year when conference tournament games start, it’s one game at a time,” said head coach Brian Copham. “We had a good match with them last Friday night so we are pretty familiar with them, but at the same time we know they are a dangerous team. They have the leading goal scorer in the conference and in the country for that matter. It is a good matchup and an opportunity for a great game between two good teams.”
The winner will advance and travel to Fort Myers, Fla. to take on take on the #1 seed Florida Gulf Coast next Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Fans interested in attending Saturday’s game can pay $5 for general admission tickets or $7 for reserved seating. Students with a valid A-Sun school ID can get in for free. For those unable to attend the game, a live streaming feed will be available on ASUN.tv.