Injury bug continues to bite JCU men’s soccer team

September 24th, 2009

DeMarchi separated his shoulder in a game against Hiram, and Rock dislocated his elbow against Case Western.

That makes three significant injuries for the Blue Streaks during the month of September as senior Jeff Kosek broke his leg in the second game of the season. Oddly enough, the three are roommates.

“It honestly feels like a curse is on our team right now,” Rock said. “At the same time, we’ve got people who are stepping up and the level of play isn’t dropping. It’s definitely disheartening. I’ve never been a part of a team that’s had this kind of luck before.”

Freshman Jerry Rubino, left, and the rest of the Blue Streaks will try to steady the ship until the banged-up team returns to full strength.

Freshman Jerry Rubino, left, and the rest of the Blue Streaks will try to steady the ship until the banged-up team returns to full strength.

Rock and DeMarchi are expected to be back by the Oct. 3 home game against Capital University.

The Blue Streaks defeated Case Western 2-0 Wednesday, with juniors David Hickey and Andrew Fatigati scoring a goal each. Junior Mike Telzrow, getting his first career start, played spectacularly, recording six saves.

“It’s a big win for us because it’s a cross-town rival,” said Rock. “Our senior class also hadn’t beat them, so that was really nice as well.”

In the OAC-MIAA Tournament held at Ohio Northern University last weekend, the Blue Streaks downed Trine University 2-0. Junior Kyle Buxman and sophomore Corey Rider scored, with Telzrow recording his second shut-out in as many games.

Saturday brought a sloppier game, ending in a 0-0 tie and including 51 fouls and nine cards. The bright side was Telzrow, recording another shut-out. He has yet to allow a goal in his first three starts.

“He’s 3-0 now against three good teams, and he’s playing with a lot of confidence,” said Rock. “He’s proving he can pick up the starting job.”

The man he is replacing agrees. “He’s been playing great,” said DeMarchi of his replacement. “I’m really proud of him.”

On the women’s side of the ball, the Blue Streaks lost a heartbreaker on Sept. 15, falling to Westminster College by a score of 2-1.

Senior midfielder Caitlyn Walton, the team’s leading scorer, scored the lone goal for the Blue Streaks.

Last Friday, the Blue Streaks returned to their winning ways when they knocked off Oberlin College, 2-1. Juniors Aleks Quenneville and Valerie Korb each scored a goal for the Blue Streaks.

After each team split time with the ball in each other’s end, Quenneville eventually gave JCU the lead with her first goal of the season.

Just seconds before the end of the first half, Caroline McGraw collided with the Oberlin goalkeeper. When the ball squirted away, Korb was there to hammer it home and give JCU a 2-0 lead and some breathing room going into the half.

Up next for the women’s team is Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The men’s team will also head east to Pennsylvania on Saturday to take on Misericordia University.