On a day commemorating a pair of former Blue Streaks who had recently passed away, Andrew McCarthy ‘81 and Josh Bernot ‘04, the John Carroll University men’s soccer team showed up in a big way, defeating the visiting Fredonia State (SUNY) Blue Devils, 4-0.
The win marked the first home shutout for the Blue Streaks in nearly a calendar year.
The first 25 minutes proved to be a back and forth battle between the two teams, with neither side wanting to surrender the first goal, and potentially opening the floodgates for the opposing side.
But in the 25th minute, JCU junior midfielder Trent Guy slotted one past the Blue Devils keeper off a perfect feed from fellow junior Brian Potocnik.
The Blue Streaks kept the pressure up for the remainder of the first half. While JCU had opportunities to score, Fredonia State held strong and kept within one at half. Fortunately for the Blue Streaks, they were able to continue their great play in the second half.
In just the third minute of the second half, Potocnik picked up his second assist of the day, finding senior Nathan Sharbaugh, who was able to finish it off and put JCU up 2-0.
Then, not more than three minutes later, Sharbaugh returned the favor, slotting Potocnik the perfect pass.
He was able to find the back of the net and give JCU a three-goal lead that they would never come close to relinquishing.
In the 60th minute, freshman Justin Miller scored the final goal of the night, and the first of his collegiate career.
The goal cemented the 4-0 victory and sent JCU fans home happy on a day that was truly a great one for the entire JCU soccer community.
Potocnik, who finished the game with one goal and two assists, had this to say on the game and what it means for the rest of the season: “This weekend was another great all-around team win. We are continuing to work on our weaknesses and build on our strengths. As we get closer to October and Ohio Athletic Conference play, Saturday’s win was exactly the confidence builder we needed.”
This win pushes JCU to an impressive 5-1 record on the season.
The Blue Streaks are the only one-loss team remaining in the conference.
Editor’s Note: The Blue and Gold played Case Western Reserve University on the road on Sept. 25. Stats, a recap of the game and more can be found at jcusports.com. A win could propel the Blue and Gold into the Division III top 25 rankings.