Fins Headed to the Atlantic Sun Tournament

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Clinching the sixth seed on two draws last week, the Jacksonville University men’s soccer team is ready to take on Lipscomb in the first round of the A-Sun tourney on Wednesday, Oct. 13. The teams will meet in Fort Myers at the FGCU Soccer Complex at 4 p.m.

“We have played some good soccer this season and I'm looking forward to watching our guys compete for a conference championship during this tournament,” said Head Coach Ryan Pratt.

The Dolphins earned their invitation on points taken from North Florida and Stetson. Both matches were come-from-behind draws in which the Fins finished 1-1 and 2-2, respectively.

After trailing 1-0 to the Ospreys, senior midfielder Nick Rodriguez worked himself free from a defender and tucked in a ball to the left corner of the net from the top of the penalty area in the 81st minute.

The Dolphins were desperate for leverage heading into their final match of the season and sophomore defensemen Shenaldo Parkes and Juan Manuel Arguedas assisted the team in gaining the point needed to advance.

Netting their first collegiate goals in the match against the Hatters, Parkes was able to head the ball in for the 1-1 tie and Arguedas slashed a free kick from 20 yards out for the second JU score. 39 seconds away from clearing a 2-1 win, a JU foul inside the box provided Stetson’s Chase Rodgers with a penalty kick and he converted.

With the preseason goal of attending the A-Sun Tournament now achieved, the team will have to take on No.3 Lipscomb. The teams last met on Oct. 11 where the Fins took a 4-1 loss on the road. Junior forward Matheus Saroli landed JU’s lone goal in the match while the conference’s leading goal scorer Omar Djabi knocked home two for the Bisons.

When asked what JU needed to do to secure a win on Wednesday, Coach Pratt responded: “There are a few keys for us like how well we defend both individually and collectively as a group, specifically in counter attacking situations.  We need to do a better job of dealing with their set pieces, and we need to be sharper and cleaner in our possession and overall play with more urgency than we did the last time out.”

The winner of Wednesday’s match will go on to play ETSU on Friday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m.