Women’s soccer outside looking in

October 25th, 2007

With only two games left before the OAC playoffs, the John Carroll University women’s soccer team is battling for the final OAC playoff spot.

The young team has endured numerous overtime losses and a string of devastating injuries to claw their way into striking distance of a playoff spot.


While JCU had to battle through numerous hurdles, their schedule sets up favorably to make a playoff push.

On Tuesday, JCU faced last place Mount Union.

The Lady Streaks will close out their season against the team they are chasing, sixth place Marietta. That game will take place tomorrow at Don Shula Stadium.

Their final two games will hopefully provide a rebound from a tough run of close games and overtime losses.

After crushing Muskingum 5-0 on the road, JCU dropped a close 2-1 game to Capital at home.

Despite controlling the ball for much of the game, the Blue Streaks only managed nine shots on goal. Only sophomore Elizabeth Daigler found the back of the net in the waning moments of the game.

A strong defensive effort went for nothing as Otterbein scored three goals in 20 minutes after being held scoreless for the first 60 minutes of the game. Sophomore Caitlyn Walton scored late for JCU in the 3-1 defeat.

JCU got off to a fast start against Heidelberg after freshman Val Korb cashed in a goal to give JCU an early 1-0 lead.

However, after losing starting goalie Michelle Zrebiec to injury, the Blue Streaks lost yet another close overtime contest to Heidelberg 2-1.

Despite over fifteen shots, and two in the extra period, it was Heidleberg who would net the winning goal three minutes into overtime.

The loss was especially detrimental to the Blue Streaks as they dropped an extra game to a team directly ahead of them in the standings.

Looking to snap their winless streak on senior night and send seniors Natty Naso and Cara Pizzurro off with a victory, JCU entered Saturday’s game with high hopes.

However, the game against Wilmington ended in a 1-1 tie at the end of overtime.

JCU again received scoring from Walton to even the score at one in the first half. But that is all the scoring either team would see.

Despite each team hitting the post in overtime, neither squad could find the elusive game winning goal as they finished in a 1-1 deadlock.

While JCU is currently out of the playoffs, they still can control their own destiny to a point.

While they need some help in the form of a Heidelberg loss, they play Marietta, who is directly ahead of them in the standings which is their best opportunity to vault into the postseason.

JCU currently sits one game back from Heidelberg, who is in seventh place. The Blue Streaks are also two games back from Marietta in sixth. Only two victories will help JCU.

The battle for a playoff spot started Tuesday and will conclude against Marietta tomorrow.