Jacksonville Downs Mercer in A-Sun First Round, 2-1

Sunday, November 07, 2010

The Lipscomb Bisons moved into the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament with a 5-1 win over Campbell in the quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

Junior midfielder Chris Helms picked the perfect time to score his first goal of the season to help lift the JU men’s soccer team past Mercer, 2-1, in the first round of the A-Sun Tournament on Saturday night in Macon, Ga.

With the score tied a 1-1 in the second half, Helms scored on a pass from junior defender Predrag Ivanovic in the 87th minute for the game-winning goal and advanced the Dolphins (9-8-2) to the conference semifinals in Johnson City, Tenn. on Nov. 11.

“I’m ready proud of this group,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We gave up a late goal, but we were able to find a way to win. This team has fought all year and it was nice to see it pay off for them tonight. We will enjoy this win for a little bit tonight before we turn our focus back to a tough Stetson team tomorrow.”

In the first half, the Dolphins took the first four shot attempts of the match before the Bears (10-6-1) had a shot in the 29th minute from Ian Cameron that went wide.

Less than three minutes later, Ivanovic headed the ball in the goal off a rebounded shot from senior forward Nedim Hrustic to give the Dolphins a 1-0 lead.

JU limited Mercer to just one shot for the rest of the half to take the lead into the locker room.

The Bears opened the second half on the attack with four attempts in the first 15 minutes, but sophomore goalie Zach Greenwald saved two shots and the others went wide.

In the 73rd minute, Mercer finally found the back of the net as Ryan Young scored from a corner kick attempt by Cameron.

Junior forwards Tyler Williams and Daniele Campailla each had an attempt sail away from the goal for JU before Helms connected to help the Dolphins regain the lead.

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts five of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University