KENNESAW, Ga. – Jacksonville University women's soccer met Kennesaw State in the opening round of the ASUN Conference Tournament Saturday, where four second-half goals concluded the Dolphins' 2016 season.
Sope Akindoju settled the final score at 4-1 with her first goal of the year. With three minutes left in regulation, she tacked in a shot from the edge of the goal line. Joëlle d'Entremont was credited with the assist, capping her junior campaign with a team-high 12 points on four goals and four assists.
"Obviously, tonight was a disappointing result, but overall, I'm very proud of this group," said Head Coach Brian Copham. "We dug ourselves in a bit of a hole with corner kicks. That's something on our scouting report; they are very dangerous and they capitalized on them.
"As young as we are, we continued to grow and fight throughout the year. It was a rocky road early on, but there was a lot of progress from a lot of individuals, and even as a collective unit. We look forward to getting back to work and back to training for the fall."
It was a scoreless first half at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, and Sara Wicks more than helped the Dolphins to the 45-minute clean sheet. The Owls outshot Jacksonville, 11-3, with six attempts on-goal, and the junior goalkeeper thwarted each advance.
In the 59th minute, the Owls crowded several players inside the six-yard box and recorded two shots in quick succession. Wicks blocked the first and its deflection fell at the feet of Kim Fincher for the side's 1-0 edge.
Five minutes later, Abby Roth finished a set piece to double KSU's advantage. The final two scores were captured on a penalty kick and a shot near the edge of the 18-yard box.
Jacksonville concludes its 2016 campaign with an overall record of 4-11-1. d'Entremont and Meagan Gruber represented the Dolphins on the league's all-conference list, first team and all-freshmen, respectively, and the squad will lose no players to graduation.