[Written by Beckie Reid]
Competing for first place in the OAC, nationally ranked Ohio Northern University pulled out a victory over John Carroll University on Saturday morning. The loss sent the Blue Streaks to third place, while Wilmington College snuck into second.
The first half remained scoreless due to the skilled goalkeeping of ONU’s Erin Waehner and JCU’s Carl Contrascier.
JCU owned the first half of the game, taking more shots (5-4) and corners (3-2). The Polar Bears retaliated back from half, putting two goals on the board.
Although it was the Polar Bears’ senior night, freshman Keegan Ross started off the scoring for the Polar Bears in the 48th minute, with senior Chris Matejka earning the second goal in the 74th minute on a penalty kick.
JCU had four saves by the goal, while ONU kept up with one. Yet, in the 73rd minute, senior Carl Contrascier took a red card. Fellow senior goalkeeper Geoff Bloom substituted and finished the game. Contrascier will sit out the upcoming game.
The Blue Streaks fell to third place in the conference, with a record of 8-6-2 (4-1-2 in OAC play), and the Polar Bears 16-2 (7-0 OAC).
From here, the Blue and Gold will play their last regular season game this coming Saturday, Oct. 27 on the road against the Wilmington College Quakers.
Editor’s Note: The Blue Streaks played Heidelberg University on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. at Don Shula Stadium. Results, statistics and box scores can be found online at www.jcusports.com. The Blue Streaks could be seeded anywhere between the second and fifth seed with the upcoming games.