Jacksonville Hosts Elon To Close Out Weekend

Jacksonville Hosts Elon To Close Out Weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- The Jacksonville University women's soccer team will look to keep up their winning ways Sunday afternoon, as they host the Elon University Phoenix at 1:00 p.m., in a non-conference match at Southern Oak Stadium.


The Dolphins come into Sunday's contest with a 1-0 record, having won their home opener on Friday evening against Charleston Southern. JU erased a 1-0 deficit by netting a pair of late-game rockets deep from the far side of their zone. After CSU took a 1-0 off a penalty kick in the 61st minute, midfielder Kyra Cloutier scored her first-ever goal in a JU uniform, connecting on a deep ball off a pass from Zoe Zinis. ASUN Preseason Player of the Year Joëlle d'Entremont broke the tie eight minutes later, putting a similarly placed ball in to score off a rebound. The win gave the Dolphins their fourth victory in a home opener in the last six seasons, and their first win against the Bucs since 1999.


Friday's match saw 17 different Dolphins enter onto the field of play, including five who played the entirety of the contest (Micaela MacKay, Jessica Shaffelburg, Joëlle d'Entremont, Meagan Gruber, Lauren Short). The game also featured four freshman who logged their first minutes as members of the team (Madelyn Hendry, Kia Jie Jacobs, Madicynn Harnish, Emma Wood). Nine different players registered a shot in the game, with seven of those players posting a shot on goal.


JU returns 20 letter-winners from last year's squad to the team, including 10 starters. Among the veterans are team captain and ASUN Preseason Player of the Year Joëlle d'Entremont, and fellow senior Jessica Shaffelburg, who started all 16 games last year, putting up five points. Also returning are 2016 ASUN All-Freshman Team selection Meagan Gruber, and sophomore Zoe Zinis, who led the team's preseason efforts with a pair of goals.


Sunday's contest against the Phoenix will be the second of 10 games that JU will host in the regular season, including five straight matches to begin the year. Elon will be the second of nine non-conference opponents the Dolphins will see in 2017, with six of those matches taking place on home soil. The Phoenix will be the first of two opponents hailing from the state of North Carolina on JU's schedule this season, with UNC Asheville due up later in the month.  


JU and Elon will be meeting for the fourth time in program history, and the first time since 2006. The Dolphins are 2-1 all-time when facing the Phoenix, and a perfect 2-0 when matches are played in the River City. JU has also been victorious the last two times that have played Elon. The Phoenix will be the first of two opponents from the Colonial Athletic Association that the 'Phins will face off against in 2017, with a contest at CAA foe College of Charleston marked down on the schedule for mid-September.


The Phoenix enter Sunday's contest with a 1-0 record on the young season. Elon travels to Southern Oak Stadium having been victorious across town on Friday evening, taking down North Florida 4-2 to begin their 2017 campaign.  Freshman forward Meredith Christopher turned the game into her coming out party, putting up a hat trick of goals in the first 16 minutes of the competition. The newcomer became the first Elon player since 2013 to score three times in a game, and the second Phoenix to pull it off in a season opener.

Elon posted a 7-9-3 record in the 2016 season, including a 3-5-1 mark on the road, and an appearance in the second round of the 2016 CAA Tournament.


Sunday's game can be followed online, with live stats on judolphins.com, and live updates coming from the official JU women's soccer Twitter account, which can be found here