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UNF surf team takes fourth overall honors at National Championships

June 20, 2014

Champagne sprayed over Emily Ruppert and Kayla Durden as they made their way off the stage at the NSSA National Championships as the Osprey surf team’s first national champion and runner-up at Salt Creek,...

UNF Surf Team takes on Cali waves in NSSA National Championships

June 13, 2014

On June 14th, the swell that breaks at Salt Creek Beach, Dana Point, Cal., will be packed with surfers from all over the east and west coast. The NSSA Interscholastic National Championships are...

North Florida surfing takes fourth overall at East Coast Regional Championships

April 8, 2014

Max Mertens paddles into a set wave, knowing he needs a big score to boost him out of 5th place and into the top three to advance past the quarterfinals. He takes off down the line, building speed, throws...

Men’s soccer seniors have aspirations beyond Hodges Stadium

February 26, 2014

Thousands of screaming fans, cameras spread across the stadium and having the privilege to represent a city -- all perks that come with being a professional soccer athlete. This dream may be difficult...

The Armada unveiled

February 19, 2014

It is here. The newest addition to the North American Soccer League has arrived in Jacksonville with the release of a team logo and name. The Jacksonville Armada, a team that was announced in July...

Ospreys impress on opening day

February 14, 2014

The Ospreys flew past Liberty University 11-4 after scoring six runs in the third inning to put them up 7-2 opening day.  It was all UNF after 2nd, winning the game 11-4. A triple from Donnie Dewees...

Men’s Soccer challenges Philadelphia Union

February 10, 2014

The Philadelphia Union showed UNF players what it takes to achieve aspirations of being a professional player, beating the Ospreys 9-1 in an exhibition match at Dewey O. Boster in Deltona, Fla. While...

UNF set to play Philadelphia Union in exhibition match

February 3, 2014

When the whistle blows Saturday night to begin a friendly game, the UNF men’s soccer team will find itself with an extraordinary opportunity. The team will be looking across the field at the Philadelphia...

Robin Confer looks to bring attacking mindset to UNF

January 31, 2014

Growing up in Clearwater, Fla., Robin Confer was always an active kid. With parental guidance, she focused her energy in soccer, which guided her through a record setting college career and eventually...

UNF surf team continues dominance

January 21, 2014

Frigid waters and inconsistent conditions at New Smyrna Beach were no problem for the UNF Surf Team, continuing its dominance of NSSA competitions with a sweep of the event. The team had four of...

UNF women’s soccer gets new start, reasons undisclosed

December 27, 2013

A new era in UNF women’s soccer has begun with the replacement of six-year head coach Linda Hamilton. University of Georgia assistant coach Robin Confer has been named the new Osprey head coach and...

UNF’s men’s soccer finishes historical season

November 23, 2013

Head coach Derek Marinatos and the men’s soccer team left their seats and shouted in excitement when Simen Solstad blasted a goal off a free kick, drawing UNF one goal closer to equalizing ETSU in its...

ETSU ends UNF’s Cinderella run

November 17, 2013

FT. MYERS, Fla. -- UNF lost 3-1 to East Tennesse State in its first ever Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Final appearance. ETSU, seeded No. 3, broke the 0-0 deadlock in the 29th minute with a strike...

No Goals, No Playoffs for Women’s Soccer

November 16, 2013

The clock read 0:00 when the final whistle was heard for what would be women’s soccer’s last game Sunday, October 27. The final score was 4-1, the end of a four game win streak for the women, but it...

UNF downs FGCU, continues historic run

November 15, 2013

UNF continued to make history on Nov. 15 with a 1-0 win over Florida Gulf Coast, making the final of the Atlantic Sun tournament for the first time in program history. In its final game of the regular...

Soccer men beat Mercer to advance in A-Sun playoffs

November 14, 2013

UNF dominated Mercer through the first 65 to 70 minutes of the game, earning a penalty that would be the game winner scored in the 32nd minute. UNF went into the first round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament...

UNF Unable to Upset #1 Seed, Save Legs for Tournament Play

November 11, 2013

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- UNF was unable to celebrate senior night with a win after Florida Gulf Coast capitalized on the Osprey’s mistakes Saturday. UNF (6-6-3, 2-4-2 A-Sun) came...

Soccer rumble ends in 1-1 stalemate

November 7, 2013

UNF had to settle for a draw against JU in this years River City Rumble after giving up the tying goal in the 80th minute. Despite the tie, UNF (6-5-3, 2-3-2 A-Sun) earned a spot in the Atlantic Sun...

Golden goal lifts men’s soccer past Stetson

November 3, 2013

Jon-Michael Vieira scored his first goal for UNF, securing its second straight conference win in overtime Saturday night against Stetson. UNF (6-5-2, 2-3-1 A-Sun) returned to Hodges Stadium with a victory, ...

Men’s soccer returns to Hodges Stadium Saturday

November 1, 2013

With only three games remaining in the UNF men’s soccer season, the team returns to Hodges Stadium for the first time this season Saturday. The team will play Stetson at 7 p.m. Due to problems...

Only the strong survive: UNF overcoming injury adversity

October 31, 2013

Blood dripped down Pedro Carneiro’s face as he was helped off the pitch. Carneiro had collided heads with an ETSU midfielder who came in late for a header. The game ended with UNF losing its first...

Freshman goal leads UNF men to first conference win

October 28, 2013

UNF men’s soccer took down Mercer 1-0 with a goal from Sean Young, giving them its first win of conference play Saturday night. Head coach Derek Marinatos was buzzing with excitement for his squad’s...

UNF’s golden coach: a part of history

October 22, 2013

The score was 1-1 in the 87th minute of the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup -- USA was playing Norway. The intensity of the game was overwhelming as a crowd of 65,000 watched at Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou,...

Men’s soccer drops conference opener in final minutes

October 6, 2013

A defensive struggle between UNF and ETSU ended in the 84th minute with a Buccaneer goal Friday night. The first half looked promising for the Ospreys (4-3-1) as they possessed the ball well through...

Men’s soccer unable to finish chances, lose 2-0 to Wofford

September 30, 2013

UNF travelled to Spartanburg where an undefeated Wofford shut them out, 2-0. “They are a tough team,” said head coach Derek Marinatos. “We tried to learn from last Saturday’s mistakes during...

Women soccer shutout in conference openers

September 30, 2013

UNF was unable to find the net over the weekend, losing to both Stetson (3-6-1) and Florida Gulf Coast (7-3-1) on the road. The Ospreys (3-7-2) began their conference play Friday night and suffered...

Road games a mixed bag for Men’s soccer

September 24, 2013

UNF (4-1-1) hit the road for a weekend of games at FIU (2-4) and FAU (5-0-1 ), beating FIU but losing to FAU. Friday night the Ospreys took on FIU in what was expected to be a tough road match. The...

UNF beats South Alabama part of weekend split, gives Hamilton her 50th career win

September 23, 2013

A defensive game for both sides ended in a 1-0 win for UNF (3-5-2) over University of South Alabama giving Head Coach Linda Hamilton her 50th career win. “I think the girls really played a tough game...

UNF keeper joins new team: A family of five

September 17, 2013

At dinner with the Ayres family in 2011, Brad Sienkiewicz broke down in tears. The loss of his mother one year earlier had weighed on him and his emotions poured out in front of the family of five....

Women’s soccer scores 12 goals in two games — wins one, ties another

September 16, 2013

Sunday's game ended in a 2-2 draw for the women's soccer team against Columbia, coming from behind twice despite questionable officiating. UNF (2-4-2) got into a scoring rhythm in the...

Tempers flare in Men’s Soccer 4-1 victory

September 16, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- UNF won a heated match 4-1 despite multiple cards, including goal scorer Drew Spragg earning a red. Attacking play from UNF (3-0-1) was frequent, using the wings to press high...

Men’s soccer beats UCF in extra time

September 9, 2013

UNF beat UCF 1-0 in an overtime thriller when Pedro Carneiro scored his first goal for the Ospreys 30 seconds in to overtime. “Its one of the biggest wins in the programs history,” said head coach...

UNF ties Valpo, wins Mike Gibbs Tournament

September 1, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A boiling Sunday afternoon was the scene for UNF’s second game of the season and the conclusion of the Mike Gibbs Memorial Tournament against Valparaiso. The Ospreys battled...

Top recruit helps Men’s soccer win season opener

August 30, 2013

Highly anticipated freshman Jay Bolt netted the difference maker off the bench in a 2-1 UNF victory over Western Illinois. Nature had its influence on the first game of the season for the Men’s Soccer...

Men’s Soccer Preview: Ranked last in pre-season polls, but reasons to be hopeful

August 20, 2013

After two dark seasons, men’s soccer hopes to climb out of the shadows and into the light of the A-Sun The hot morning sun beats down on the players during their first 11 v. 11 practice of the...

Soccer pitch turns to dust for renovation

August 12, 2013

When you take a look at Hodges Stadium, you might notice something is missing -- grass. In fact, right now the field inside the track more closely resembles an African desert than a grassy pitch. Construction...

Former UNF baseball player Sam Perry dies suddenly

July 29, 2013

A young man with great ambition, former UNF baseball player Sam Perry, was found dead Sunday morning, July 21. The cause of death is unknown. Perry, 24, was a former UNF baseball player during the 2008-11...

New Aquatics Center, Rec Center, sand volleyball court on tap for campus

July 17, 2013

A 3 million dollar crack in the Aquatic Center pool has UNF looking to build a new Olympic size swimming pool facility and stay out of the deep waters of debt. Athletic Director Lee Moon said the university...

Kevin Phelan makes splash, cut at U.S. Open

June 19, 2013

First round brilliance by Kevin Phelan led to a score of 1-over-par (71) and left him tied with the likes of eventual champion Justin Rose and other top pros such as Ernie Els, Ian Poulter. Phelan...

UNF Golf set for Nationals

May 28, 2013

With a National Championship on the line, the UNF men’s golf team will need to keep its cool and keep its nerves in check in Atlanta. After an impressive win at Regionals by a total of 30 strokes,...

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