Jacksonville Sports Day

SOCCER: RiverCityRumble Needs Double OT for Decision

JACKSONVILLE – In a game that lived up to the #RiverCityRumble reputation, Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida needed two overtimes to reach a decision Saturday night at Southern Oak Stadium.

The Dolphins took an early advantage with a goal in the first half, but the Ospreys got the equalizer in the second, forcing a scoreless first overtime period before UNF scored in the 106th minute to escape with a 2-1 win over JU.

“This was a tough one tonight. It’s always a competitive game, and an emotionally charged one,” said Head Coach Brian Copham. “End to end it was an exciting game. In overtime it takes just one break either way and that can be the difference, and tonight that break went to North Florida on a good goal. But I’m proud of the effort tonight. And it’s only one game into conference play; we’ve got a lot of season left with six more ASUN games.”

The Dolphins and Ospreys exchanged shots and physical play throughout the game, with Jacksonville earning nine fouls and two yellow cards across four periods of play and North Florida racking up 10 fouls and one yellow card.

Both goalies also played extremely well, with a combined seven saves in the first half alone. But UNF’s Rhiannon Conelley finally let one by her on a crazy play in the 44th minute.

Joelle d’Entroemont sent in a corner that bounced off Conelley directly in front of Zoe Zinis, who placed a shot into the bottom left corner of the net, her first goal of the year. JU led 1-0 heading into the half.

JU’s keeper, Brittany Hundley, played out of her mind, totaling seven saves before UNF scored the equalizer in the 74th minute. Krista Colubiale used a deft touch to put the ball in the box next to Thais Reiss, who got the ball just past the outstretched arms of a diving Hundley.

The two teams exchanged five more shots before the period ended with the score knotted up at 1-1.

Possession stayed largely in the middle of the field for the first overtime; only one shot was taken by either team in the period.

The deciding goal came on an impressive move by Colubiale, who assisted on North Florida’s other goal of the night. Colubiale dribbled in to the box and then slammed the game winner just inside the top right corner of the net with 4:15 left on the OT clock.

The Dolphins return to action on Friday, Sep. 29, at home against NJIT, and then will host USC Upstate on Sunday, Oct. 1, before heading to Kennesaw on Oct. 6.

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