JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There's something special about playing at Southern Oak Stadium. Jacksonville University's women's soccer program has scored seven goals in two matches on its home field.
The Dolphins (2-3) hosted Alabama State (0-4) Friday night where junior captain Joëlle d'Entremont recorded two goals and an assist en route to a 4-1 victory.
"We're coming from a three-match losing streak," said d'Entremont. "In order to win, we have to score goals. We've been working on this all week at practice. One of the main things we've been focusing on is a cross from wide and a tap into the box. That's how two of our goals were scored today."
d'Entremont now guides Jacksonville with three goals on the season. She lifted her team to an early 1-0 edge in the seventh minute; the Alabama State keeper was pulled completely off frame which led to an easy flick inside the box.
She later partnered with Jackson at the 37:01 and 39:00 marks to push the Dolphins ahead, 3-0, at the half.
"Cami and I are very similar players on the ball," she continued. "We like to run, we like to move off of each other, and it just so happened that we assisted on each other's goals today."
Jacksonville outshot the Hornets, 20-14, including a 14-6 advantage in shots on goal. Freshmen Weed and Kacie Patterson capped a successful evening with a goal in the 79th minute, before Ariela Lewis spoiled the potential shutout with a score in the final five minutes of regulation.
"They are really starting to partner together, look for each other and find each other," said Head Coach Brian Copham. "I was really pleased with our offensive output, and was really excited for Kirsten to score one on a great ball from Kacie. It was a good service from her, and Kirsten maintained composure in the box to finish.
"Joelle is a worker bee. She's going to run and she's going to compete. When you get into the place to finish, you'll end up scoring goals and that came to for her."
Due to weather concerns with Tropical Storm Hermine, Jacksonville's match against Kent State, scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m., was canceled. The Dolphins will return to play Thursday in a South Florida doubleheader with the men's program. Kickoff in Tampa, Fla., is scheduled for 5 p.m.