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Men’s soccer responds to loss by 2-0 run at Clarion Classic

September 16th, 2010

On Sept. 7, it was a tale of two halves as the John Carroll University men’s soccer team lost to their nearby nemesis Notre Dame College 4-0.

The first half ended with neither team managing a goal, but a flurry of Falcon goals allowed Notre Dame to head back across town with a 4-0 victory.

Although it was an unfortunate loss to Notre Dame, some good did come from it as it motivated the team going forward.

 “Although we suffered a great loss to Notre Dame last Tuesday, we knew that if we had the right mindset we would be able to go into the weekend with a winning attitude,” said sophomore Nick Durkin.  

The weekend had a trip to western New York on the schedule to participate in the 2010 Clarion Hotels Classic, hosted by SUNY Fredonia. 

The team opened the tournament Friday night against Buffalo State College. 

In the game’s 19th minute, sophomore Wycliffe Odhiambo scored the first goal of the game. 

It was just mere moments later that senior Jeff Kosek scored on a penalty kick. 

The Blue Streaks were brought to a 3-0 lead in the first half when freshman Ion Coada scored his first career goal at JCU and gave the team some breathing room.

Buffalo State, however, wouldn’t go away easily.

They managed to score a pair of goals against the Blue Streaks to make it a one-goal game.

With the outcome hanging in the balance, freshman  Kevin McKamish became the second Blue Streak to score his first career  goal on the night and make it a 4-2 game, which held as the final score.

After their win over Buffalo State, the Blue Streaks were in the right mindset to take on Fredonia.  

Just as they had done the night before, the team jumped out to an early lead. Odhiambo scored his second goal of the weekend within the first five minutes of the game when he pounded home a ball that had become loose after a missed shot.

The goal by Odhiambo was his second of the weekend and his season, doubling his goal total from a season ago.

Leading 1-0 in the final minutes of the half, junior Corey Rider found the back of the net for a goal that secured a 2-0 lead for the Blue Streaks over the host Blue Devils at the intermission.

The second half was just as eventful.  

Fredonia scored in the beginning of the half to cut the lead in half.

JCU countered with a goal on the second assist of the ballgame from senior David Hickey, this one to Kosek, that sent the Blue Streaks lead back to two goals.

Although Fredonia fought back, the Blue Streaks were able to get out of town with a 3-1 win.  

“Although we did not play to our full potential, we are happy about coming out with two victories,” said sophomore Jerry Rubino.

Although they had an undefeated weekend at the Classic, the Blue Streaks were not the champions of the tournament. 

Both Baldwin-Wallace College and JCU were 2-0 for the weekend, but the Yellow Jackets won the tournament because of the plus-five goal differential tiebreaker, while JCU posted a plus-four margin.

Another great success of the weekend was that three Blue Streaks were named to the all-tournament team.  

The all-tournament team included senior Joe Ciacchi in addition to Kosek and Odhiambo.