On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Blue Streaks, having won or tied their last four games, took their undefeated streak into Ada, Ohio to take on OAC preseason favorite Ohio Northern University. Both teams played an extremely tough and competitive game, but in the end, each could only put one in the back of the net, with the game finishing in a 1-1 tie.
The Polar Bears of ONU clearly had a home-field advantage. JCU sophomore goalie Haley McDonald just about had to stand on her head for some of her saves, but she came up big and held the Polar Bears scoreless for the first half. The Blue Streaks were only able to put one shot on net in the first half and vowed to turn up the intensity in the second hald.
Although ONU kept up the tempo and kept firing shots, JCU was eventually the first to put a goal up on the board. In the 62nd minute, sophomore forward Kay Akerly scored her ninth goal of the season from 15 feet out, to give the Blue Streaks the unexpected lead.
Then, no more than five minutes later, in the 66th minute, star reserve for the Polar Bears, Sami Atkinson, finally finished one for the home team. The Blue Streaks stepped up their defense after the tying goal and kept the score even heading into overtime.
In the overtime periods, neither team was really able to put a good shot on net, and at the end of the day, they settled for a 1-1 tie. The final shot count was an overwhelming 34-6 in favor of ONU, but thanks to some great play and 14 saves by McDonald, the Blue Streaks were able to extend their undefeated streak to five in conference play.
After the game, McDonald said, “It was a tough game, but we stuck with them until the end. We never gave up. Now we can look to work for the OAC Tournament.”
The Blue Streaks look to finish up conference play strongly, with just two games left before the OAC Tournament. They are currently tied for fourth in the standings with Mount Union and Wilmington. And with their last game coming against Wilmington on Saturday, Oct. 27, JCU has their work cut out for them in order to obtain a high seed in the OAC tournament.
Editor’s Note: The Blue and Gold defeated Heidelberg University at home at Don Shula Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 23 by a final score of 4-1. JCU sophomore Kay Akerly led the Blue Streaks’ offense, netting a hat trick, which helped them beat the visiting ‘Berg. Results, statistics and box scores can be found online at www.jcusports.com.