JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Prior to Sunday's early-afternoon matinee with Coastal Carolina, the Jacksonville University women's soccer team boasted a 2-0 record at home. The Chanticleers put an end to the unbeaten streak with a pair of first half goals.
In the seventh minute of play, Sam Patterson slipped a pass to the center of the six-yard box and Amber Adams one-timed the ball into the right of the net for the early 1-0 edge.
Shortly after the goal, lightning in the area forced a 30-minute delay, and the break in action appeared to charge the opposition as Melanie Flatter benefited from another short pass from the right wing.
The Chants entered halftime with an 11-4 shot advantage and 2-0 lead.
"I'm disappointed that we got outworked in the first half," said Head Coach Brian Copham. "We didn't problem-solve well enough or compete well enough, and that put us in a hole.
"In the second half, the stats spoke for itself. We had more shots, shots on-goal, and dangerous chances. At the half, I challenged them to compete and put ourselves in a position to find success."
When comparing the Dolphins' level of intensity between the first and second half, the difference was night and day. The team opened the final 45 minutes with a pair of quality shot attempts and went on to finish the match with 16.
Akindoju finished the match with a team-high four shots which included three on-goal.
"Sope's put in a lot of work [after injury] to get back to being healthy," continued Copham. "She showed moments today of how dangerous she can be, and that's what we need from her on a consistent basis. I'm exciting to see her get back to the consistently dangerous level that she can play at."
The Dolphins will be back in action Thursday, with a 5 p.m. match against the visiting College of Charleston.