Jacksonville Clinches a Spot in #ASUNMSOC Championship with 3-1 Victory

Jacksonville Clinches a Spot in #ASUNMSOC Championship with 3-1 Victory


ATLANTA, Ga. - Jacksonville men's soccer (3-10, 3-1 ASUN) took down the Stetson Hatters (5-8-1, 0-3-1 ASUN) Wednesday evening, giving the 'Phins their third conference win on the season and clinching a spot in the ASUN Men's Soccer Championship. Three different Dolphins found the back of the net as they secured the 3-1 victory.

Much of the first half saw no score with freshman goalkeeper Matt Levy recording four saves. It wasn't until the 32nd minute that Steven Saunders would get his team on the board with a jaw-dropping goal. Saunders caught a pass back near midfield, and worked the ball up before ripping a shot from 30 yards out that squeaked inside the left post for the score. It was Saunders' third on the year. The goal sent Jacksonville into halftime with a 1-0 lead.

Things got interesting early in the second half as Stetson looked to knot things up. In the 58th minute Stetson's Daniel O'Brien scored his second goal of season and evened things up at 1-1. The match would remain equal for 15 more minutes, but Jacksonville's scorers couldn't be contained for long. 

With 15 minutes remaining Jacksonville's Selemani Baruani scored what would eventually prove to be the game winner. Baruani's first shot was denied, but the senior forward stuck with it and came through with a goal off the deflection. It was Baruani's third goal of the season.

The Dolphins' added another goal 10 minutes later to put things out of reach for the Hatters. This time, Baruani was assisting on the play and got a pass to freshman Reed Davis, who scored his third of the year. Levy ended the night with seven saves.

With the win, Jacksonville has clinched a spot in the ASUN tournament. "Really proud of our effort as a team today. To get our first road win against a really good Stetson team puts us in a really good position in conference," said Head Coach Mauricio Ruiz.

Next, Jacksonville travels to Liberty for their final road match on the schedule. It's the first time the two have faced as ASUN Conference opponents. That match will be played Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 PM.