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Rough road for JCU women’s soccer leads to tie, loss

September 12th, 2013

The John Carroll University women’s soccer team had its hands full at the Oneonta Mayor’s Cup in Oneonta, N.Y. over the weekend. Playing against some robust competition, the Blue Streaks tied in the first game, 1-1, and lost the second, 5-1.

“The teams in New York were a challenge this weekend,” junior goalkeeper Haley McDonald said. “It tested our skills and we were put to the test.”

On Saturday, Sept. 7, the Blue Streaks started the tournament against the Hartwick College Hawks. After being outshot in their first two contests of the season, JCU put the pressure on early, outshooting the Hawks 13-11.

Hartwick put the first score on the board in the 26th minute off of a corner kick from Kylie Thayer. The Blue Streaks held off any further attack from the Hawks and answered back with a goal of their own in the 74th minute from sophomore midfielder Danielle Sharbaugh.

The remainder of the contest was filled with close shots and missed opportunities on the offensive end from both teams. The match ended with a 1-1 tie in overtime.

“The team played with more passion on Saturday and we had our best overall performance of the season,” head coach Michael Marich said.

Unfortunately for the Blue Streaks, a tie in game one did not mean extra momentum in game two. The Blue and Gold ran into the biggest roadblock of the season on Sunday, Sept. 8 against SUNY-Oneonta.

The host Red Dragons took all of the pressure to JCU’s side of the field and posted a 5-1 win with a 19-7 advantage in shots on goal. The Blue Streaks’ lone goal came from sophomore forward Taylor Tercek in the 83rd minute of the match.

The Blue Streaks left New York without a win, but with plenty of demanding, non-conference experience, which will be valuable when facing Ohio Athletic Conference foes later this season.