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JCU women’s soccer battles, but falls short in consecutive games

September 7th, 2011

Whether it was a penalty kick for the other team or hard times in overtime, luck was not on the side of John Carroll University women’s soccer team side this past weekend at the Gettysburg tournament in Gettysburg, Pa.

The Blue Streaks walked away with two heart-breaking losses at the hands of Susquehanna University and Lebanon Valley College.

In their first game of the season on Friday, Sept. 2 against Susquehanna, JCU produced 27 shots while only surrendering six to the Crusaders.While they were few and far between, Susquehanna’s shots were productive, as they scored on their first attempt 11 minutes into the game.

The Crusaders held their lead until the 61st minute when junior Kristen Profeta found senior Eleanor Sovacool to score for JCU, tying the game at a score of 1-1. The Blue Streaks played tough defense throughout the game, but a penalty on JCU in the 88th minute would prove to be fatal.

Susquehanna struck yet again, scoring on a penalty kick that would end up putting victory out of reach for JCU in a narrow 2-1 defeat.

The Blue Streaks game on Saturday against Lebanon Valley had a different beginning, but unfortunately the same ultimate ending.

At the 30-minute mark, Lebanon Valley took the lead with a goal, making the score 1-0. The Dutchmen held onto the slim lead until the final minutes of the game. It was not until then that JCU senior Colleen Harmon got a hold of a loose ball and blasted it into the top of the net to tie the game and eventually force overtime.

However the stars were just not aligned for the Blue Streaks as the Dutchmen would go on to score again 5:15 into overtime give themselves a 2-1 lead which they held onto for the rest of overtime.

The Blue Streaks record now stands at 0-2 after two hard-fought, high-intensity matches this past weekend.

“The team was pretty bitter about that call considering it cost us the game. I think the team did the best on winning the 50/50 balls and connecting passes,” said Sovacool, referring to the penalty kick Susquehanna scored late in the game. “I think they only thing we really need to improve on is our communication on the field and having more accurate shots on goal.”

The Blue Streaks continue their season this weekend with back-to-back home games against Olivet College and Grove City College.