Strong Showing at Southern Oak

Jacksonville, Fla. – Soccer is a game of big moments and the Jacksonville University men’s soccer team relied on a pair of them to put USC Upstate away 2-0 on Thursday night. Recording their first back-to-back wins of the season, the Dolphins improve to 4-6-1 overall.  

With three saves on the night, redshirt-freshman Marc Meny resumed his position in front of the goal to record his second career shutout.

“Let’s talk about what this means so far … Right now we are 2-1 in the conference and we have six points after three games which is a good start,” said Head Coach Ryan Pratt. “I’m excited for the guys and the win tonight, they put together a good performance and it showed in the result”.

For Guilherme Brandao, his first career goal couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. In his second and final season at Jacksonville, the senior midfielder put the Dolphins up, 1-0, in the fortieth minute of the first half.

“I’m very happy to have scored this goal. I’ve been fighting very hard for this,” said Brandao. “The play started in the midfield. I passed the ball to Matheus [Saroli] and he passed it back to me. I found him in the open space, he tried to dribble and fell in the box. The ball then came towards me, I hit it and it crossed the line”.

Taking a 1-0 advantage at the half, the Dolphins had outshot the Spartans 12-5 and held a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

Sophomore forward Nathan Dalton secured the win for the Fins late in the second period. Finding himself in the midst of another scoring opportunity, Brandao knocked down a lob from the right of the field and crossed it to Dalton who shot the ball past Spartan keeper Dani Alvarado for the score, 2-0.

Six players combined for 18 shots for Jacksonville. Junior forward Matheus Saroli led all players with six with one of them being on goal.

Jacksonville returns home on Saturday, Oct. 19, when they welcome Eastern Tennessee State to Southern Oak at 7 p.m.

“Saturday is a big game,” continued Pratt. “ETSU is one of the top teams in the country. They have played a great schedule so far and have done really well. They are going to come here looking for the win and we are going to have to make sure that not only do we bring support within our team but that the community and fans come out and help pull us through a very tough game”.