Written by Cory Biro
On Saturday, Sept. 24, the John Carroll University men’s soccer team traveled to Delaware, Ohio to take on the host and No. 4 Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops.
The Blue Streaks came into the match as the obvious underdogs, but knew that if they collectively worked together as a team, that they had a chance to pull off the upset against OWU.
For all 90 minutes of the game, the Blue Streaks scratched and clawed for every inch while trying to gain any advantage they could over OWU.
Despite outshooting the Battling Bishops 16-13 in the game, the Blue Streaks struggled to find the back of the net on more than one occasion, losing the game by a narrow score of 2-1.
The first half was differentiated by a goal scored in the 35th minute on a penalty kick by Ohio Wesleyan University, giving the Battling Bishops the early 1-0 lead.
Questionable calls by the referees plundered the Blue Streaks as they attempted to come back from the one-goal deficit.
Coming out in the second half trailing by a goal, the Blue Streaks soon surrendered another goal to the Battling Bishops in the 59th minute of action, leaving JCU trailing 2-0 in the midst of the second half.
Attempting to score and get back into the game, the Blue Streaks peppered numerous shots on goal, but Ohio Wesleyan’s stellar goalie continued to shield the net from the Blue Streaks.
In the 77th minute, Blue Streaks junior Mariusz Trzeciak seized an opportunity and scored the first goal of the game for JCU, cutting the Battling Bishops lead in half and making the score 2-1. The Blue Streaks pressed for the equalizing goal in the last 12 minutes of play, but couldn’t score again as they fell to Ohio Wesleyan University by a score of 2-1.
“We played a tremendous game. The guys took the fourth-ranked team all he way to the 90th minute and we had several chances to tie it up,” said head coach Hector Marinaro. “We had a few calls not go our way, but the guys played great. If we take this attitude into conference play, I expect great things from this team.”
The Blue Streaks now have only nine games left in the 2011 regular season, all of which are crucial games against Ohio Athletic Conference opponents.
JCU’s next game will take place this Saturday, Oct. 1 on the road in Westerville, Ohio as the Blue Streaks will battle against the host Otterbein College Cardinals in a crucial Ohio Athletic Conference.