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Women’s soccer battles elements, Grove City defense in 1-1 draw

September 26th, 2013

Coming off a three-game winning streak, the John Carroll University women’s soccer team went into rainy western Pennsylvania to match up with the 2-4 Grove City College Wolverines.

A combined 40 shots on net from both sides gave the game a surge in offensive intensity, but a low scoring affair as the Blue Streaks and Wolverines ended in a one-all draw.

Not even 120 minutes of action could decide the game for the Blue and Gold, who came into the game with a three-game winning streak.

JCU senior goalie Nicole Grys remained stout between the pipes. Making a career high 10 saves against the 23 shots from the Wolverines attack helped Grys bring her save percentage to 87.5 percent.

She kept the game scoreless until the 67th minute, when the Wolverines were able to sneak one past the JCU keeper.

Coming off the foot of Becky McManus, the Grove City attack was able to put the first goal on the board well into the second half.

With an assist from Chelsea Tarolli, Grove City was able to tack on a goal after a few close calls deep in the JCU zone.

The close calls came from the offensive production that the Grove City attack was able to produce with 23 shots and six corner kicks; both led JCU in the match.

Through six matches, the Blue Streaks had never lost to Grove City, and senior Nicki Bohrer helped keep that streak alive with her second goal of the season.

The equalizer came just 10 minutes after the Wolverines’ goal and would prove important for the outcome.

The goals from Grove City’s McManus and JCU’s Bohrer kept the fans in the rainy weather for two more periods of the same back and forth play. The two extra periods produced four shots from each side but zero goals, keeping the JCU streak of zero losses to Grove City alive in a 1-1 tie.

The JCU women have been able to find ways to win while only scoring seven goals on the season.

Now 3-3-2 overall, the squad has won three of its last four games.

Head coach Michael Marich commented on this feat, saying, “Finding ways to win tight games is always something a team has to learn to do if they are going to be successful.

“This is a very experienced group and, to be able to win the OAC Championship, we are going to need to win a lot of games like this.”

Now entering the middle part of the schedule, the JCU women will travel for their next four games until they return home to Don Shula Stadium. Taking on the College of Wooster, Case Western Reserve University, Capital University and Otterbein University on their four-game road trip means Marich is looking for consistent play.

“Preparing for our OAC schedule has always been the focus for us,” he said. “We need to continue our focus and continue to be more consistent through the end of the year.”

Editor’s Note: The Blue Streaks hit the road on Wednesday, Sept. 25 to face off with the College of Wooster. Check jcusports.com for stats, a game recap and more.