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Women’s soccer hits offensive stride

JCU ends 300 minute goal drought to earn their first OAC win
October 11th, 2007

After three straight scoreless games, all ending in either 1-0 losses or scoreless draws, the Lady Blue Streaks soccer team were able to put together an amazing onslaught of offense with a 5-0 victory over Muskingum this past Saturday.

When senior leader Cara Pizzurro found the back of the net at the 17:49 mark of the first half it ended a lengthy scoreless streak of 300 minutes for JCU.

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Thanks to the continued stellar goaltending of junior Michelle Zrebiec, who made four first half saves, JCU was able to hold off until the second half.

That’s when four different players were able to score four times in a matter of about 20 minutes, marking the most prolific scoring spurt of the season.

After a difficult loss in the 105th minute to Ohio Northern on September 29 and a 0-0 tie with Baldwin-Wallace a few days later.

The impressive victory may be the sign of things to come with six games left in their OAC season.

The Blue Streaks are currently in fifth and are in line for a playoff spot as the top six teams make the postseason.
Another scoring break out might be enough to put them in a much better position come Halloween Eve.

With the top five teams separated by no more than a few games, coach Tracey Blasius, will be sure to have her girls ready for the stretch run, which begins this Saturday on the road against Otterbein.

This game, coupled with another road game against sixth seeded Heidelberg the following Wednesday, seniors Natty Naso and Pizzurro will be needed to provide the leadership and experience that Blasius says is so necessary on any team, especially a young one.

Sophomore Elizabeth Daigler also has added a much needed scoring burst on her way to a top ten ranking in the OAC for goals and goals per game.

Despite lacking in a few departments at the beginning of the season, Blasius was optimistic.

“No matter what the situation, the OAC Tournament is still the goal,” she said.

Certainly the team has been able to come together as one group to be able to establish themselves as one of the top teams in the OAC.

With so much still left undecided in the OAC, the team should be peaking at the right moment.

If the goal-keeping and defense is able to maintain their current levels, the offense will be right there with it.

“We just need to make it in,” said Blasius. “Then it only takes three wins for a championship.”

JCU will need to continue their scoring output to push for a higher spot in the OAC playoffs.