JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- In a game decided by a single play, the Jacksonville women's soccer team dropped a close decision, 1-0, to Florida International Sunday afternoon at Southern Oak Stadium.
In a contest which saw JU outshoot FIU 16-15, the lone goal came off the foot of a Dolphin player, as Jacksonville gave up an own goal in the first half. A JU turnover near mid-field allowed the Panthers' Isabella De Almagro to have a shot opportunity just in front of the six yard box. While Dolphins' goalkeeper Brittany Hundley was able to initially keep the ball out of the net, the scramble that ensued allowed FIU to come out on top with the match's only score.
"We learned about an intensity level that we have to be more consistent with," Head Coach Brian Copham stated. "We had moments of high energy, but it has to be combined team effort for 90 minutes."
JU showed a solid defensive core throughout the game, with sophomore Meagan Gruber leading the way, appearing in all 180 minutes of the Dolphins' two weekend contests. Hundley received her second straight start in between the pipes for the home team, playing in the first 57 minutes of the game before being relieved by sophomore Micaela MacKay in the second half.
The Dolphins hung in the game until the final whistle blew, firing off three shots and four corner kicks in the final 15 minutes of action. Senior captain Joëlle d'Entremont led JU's offensive efforts throughout the contest, contributing three shots, one of which was on goal. The ASUN Preseason Player of the Year continues to stand out for the squad, leading the team with 17 shots through five games played.
"As a team, we have to bounce back and find a way to compete heading into this weekend," Copham said. "We need to find out what that extra piece is that will allow us to do that."
With the loss, the Dolphins drop to 2-3, while FIU improves to 1-4 on the season.
Following the conclusion of a five game home stand to kick off the 2017 season, Jacksonville will now hit the road for its next two matches. The team heads to the state of South Carolina next weekend, where it will face off against Coastal Carolina on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7:00 p.m., before taking on #11 South Carolina on Sunday Sept. 10 at 2:00 p.m.