Last season, the John Carroll University men’s soccer team started the season with an 11 game winless streak.
The 2007 season has been a turn around of sorts as the team has started 3-4. This is why senior captain Alex Bernot is not ready to jump on the panic button.
“This team has the potential to be great. Everyone, including the coaches, feel that we have a very talented group of guys right now. The only thing holding us back is our unfamiliarity playing next to one another on the field,” said Bernot.
The Blue Streaks split this week, going 1-1 in a pair of exciting matches played at Don Shula Stadium.
On Wednesday night, the Blue Streaks trailed Allegheny College 1-0 in the 88th minute when junior Mike Pinter tied it at one.
The game went into overtime, and six minutes into the extra period junior Louis Kastelic put in a rebound off a shot by Bernot to give JCU the win.
“It was a win we needed to prove to ourselves that we can compete against anyone on a given day as long as we put the work in,” said Bernot. “I feel that this win is the turning point of the season and it will lead to a lot more hard fought wins.”
On Saturday night, the Blue Streaks jumped out to the early 1-0 lead against Wooster after Scott McKinney scored in the 14th minute
Unfortunately, that was all the Blue Streaks could manage, Wooster went on to take a 2-1 halftime lead. They would add an insurance goal in the second half to claim top JCU 3-1.
The Blue Streaks will go on the road for the rest of the month but return to action at home on October 2.
After falling to 0-3 to start the season, the women’s team have won their last two contests, both by scores of 1-0.
On Saturday, in the Blue Streaks staked an early lead over Oberlin in JCU’s home opener.
Junior Lauren Wilson found the back of the net from 25 yards out in the 11th minute, her tally would turn out to be the game winner.
Although Oberlin fired nine shots in the game, all nine were turned away by sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Humphreys.
The shut out came in her first collegiate start.
Head Coach Tracy Blasius described Humphery’s performance as fantastic, noting the many big saves Humphreys made throughout the game.
JCU, now 2-3 on the year, has four remaining matches until they enter Ohio Athletic Conference play.
Aside from the stellar play between the pipes, the young squad should start to gain some familiarity with each other and begin to gel just in time for league play.
The women’s team will play at home twice this week, Thursday night at 6 p.m. and then again Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.