Blue Streaks women’s soccer protects home turf at Carroll Classic

September 16th, 2010

After an 0-3 start to their 2010 season, the John Carroll University women’s soccer team got in the win column twice over the weekend.

The Blue Streaks defeated Grove City College by a score of 2-0 on Sept. 10 in game one of the 2010 Carroll Classic. They then knocked off Oberlin College on Sept. 11 to go 2-0 at their own event and earn a share of the title with Case Western Reserve University.

Because of the fact that this was a Classic, and not a tournament, second round matches were not contingent on results from the first day. The Blue Streaks and Case Western both finished the two-day event with a 2-0 record and a plus-five in the goal differential category.

Scoring five more goals than their opponents is something the Blue Streaks probably didn’t expect to do entering the weekend as they were riding the wave of a goal-scoring slump.

In the first three games of the season, only freshman Genny Goergen found the back of the net. However, in the last two games, four different Blue Streaks tallied a goal.

Junior Betsy Haigh and freshman Sarah Bolton got the goal parade started against Grove City.

Haigh found the back of the net in the seventh minute, knocking home a ball that was assisted by senior Val Korb and Goergen.

Korb then assisted on the goal to Bolton, the first goal of Bolton’s young career. Korb lofted it towards Bolton’s direction on a corner kick, and the freshman did the rest.

Senior Molly Gradowski recorded the shutout in goal, her first of the season, to give the team their first win of 2010.

They would get their second win by using an identical recipe: an early goal, solid defense and goalkeeping throughout, and insurance goals late.

Sophomore Amanda Buxton scored in the 24th minute, the game’s only score in the first half.

In the second half against Oberlin, junior Rachel Grdina left no doubt about the outcome.

The junior forward scored two goals within two minutes of each other to give Grdina the first multi-goal game of her career, but perhaps more importantly gave her team a cushion to cruise to victory.

Gradowski was again solid in net, stopping six shots for her 10th career shutout.

“I felt like this was our best game yet,” head coach Tracy Blasius said after the game. “We are moving in the right direction. We have had trouble finishing, so scoring three goals was great.”