JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Even though the Stetson men’s soccer team earned seven points over the course of its last four league matches, which included a 2-2 overtime draw at Jacksonville Saturday night, it wasn’t enough to earn the Hatters a berth in next week’s Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.
With wins against Mercer and Florida Gulf Coast, and ties against USC Upstate and now Jacksonville, the Hatters (3-9-4, 2-4-2) end league play in a three-way tie with North Florida, and Jacksonville.
Since the Ospreys defeated Stetson and tied Jacksonville, they will be the fifth seed. The Dolphins, meanwhile, with ties against UNF and Stetson in their final two contests, earned the sixth seed in the tournament. The Hatters lost to UNF and tied Jacksonville, which put Stetson on the outside looking in.
“I was very proud of the effort from our guys,” Stetson head coach T. Logan Fleck said. “I’m heartbroken for these guys that they didn’t get into the tournament. They worked very, very hard, and it’s unfortunate.
“This entire team grew throughout the season,” Fleck continued. “They have become very fine young men and a great representation of Stetson University.”
The Hatters took that lead into halftime as senior Andreas Schnabl kept the slate clean during the first 45 minutes of action.
Jacksonville (4-10-3, 2-4-2) scored two goals in a span of four minutes to tie the game and then take the lead late in the second half. Shenaldo Parkes scored off of a free kick from Jack Burns in the 76th minute to make it 1-1, while Juan Arguedas scored unassisted on a free kick in the 80th minute to give the Dolphins the lead.
It was Stetson’s Chase Rodgers who tied the game once again when he converted on a penalty kick with just 25 seconds to play in regulation.
Neither team was able to take the advantage during the 20 minutes of extra time so Stetson and Jacksonville left the field with a 2-2 draw.
The Dolphins outshot the Hatters 22-9, forcing Schnabl to make a total of seven saves in the contest. Jacksonville’s Gavin Carlin did not make a save in the win.
Stetson will conclude the season with a non-conference contest at Florida Atlantic on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.