The Jacksonville University women’s soccer team had their last game of post season play this past Friday night in Ft Myers, Fla. They lost 2-0 against number one seed FGCU in the semi-final round of the Atlantic Sun Conference playoffs.
The past four times the Dolphins played the FGCU Eagles, the game resulted in a tie, but things had to end differently this match, as one team has to move on after the match. Unfortunately, things ended in the Eagles’ favor and they will be playing Mercer in the championship match for the second consecutive year. The match started similar to the past four matches. The Dolphins and the Eagles faced off. Both teams were not able to gain a competitive edge for almost the entire game.
The Eagles only put themselves up 34 minutes into the first quarter after FGCU was awarded a penalty kick for a fowl in the box on JU’s part. JU fought hard into the second half, despite being a goal down. They were able to make eight shots on goal and keep pressure on the FGCU defense.
However, in the 66 minute, junior defender Alexandra Lee preformed a slide tackle on an FGCU player who was making a run on the goal just before the edge of the box. Lee was issued a very controversial red card and ejected from the game, causing the Dolphins to play the rest of the game a man down. This red card did not go over well with the players and the coaching staff.
Despite playing a man down, the Dolphins still played great soccer, making five corner kicks and having three more shots on goal than the first half. The closest the Dolphins came to scoring was in the 76 minute when sophomore defender Miranda Fyfe shot a little high and sent the ball off the top crossbar.
With less than five minutes in the game, the Eagles sealed their win with a counter attack, catching the Dolphins out of position. FGCU player Shannen Wacker scored her 11th goal of the season, making a shot that freshman goal keeper Jill D’Amico was not able to get her hands on.
The Dolphins finished their season with a 9-7-3 record and look forward to spring conditioning.