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JCU men’s soccer opens OAC play with 2-1 win over Capital

October 10th, 2013

The Blue Streaks continued their strong start to the season by defeating Capital University 2-1 in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, Oct. 5.

The John Carroll University men’s soccer team obtained their third straight victory as they improved their record to 8-2 overall and 1-0 within the Ohio Athletic Conference.

JCU outshot the Crusaders 22-7 and finished with a 8-1 advantage on corner kicks. With this advantage, the Blue Streaks struck first in the 29th minute when sophomore midfielder Michael Melfi passed the ball over to junior midfielder Trent Guy for his third goal of the season.

Guy believes the hard work he has put in during the offseason has helped to improve his game.

“I have really focused on being a more complete midfielder this season,” Guy said. “My first two seasons I came in with a defensive minded approach and this year I’m trying to improve my offensive game.”

Junior Midfielder Brian Potocnik scored for the fifth straight game when his shot in the 55th minute was deflected into Capital’s goal.

Potocnik now has nine goals on the season and 16 in his playing career with the Blue Streaks.

JCU got off to an aggressive start as they had two early shots on goal by junior defender Liam Switalski and Guy within the first 90 seconds of the match.

However, Capital’s Tim McCarthy was able to cut a 2-0 JCU lead in half with a goal in the 79th minute, but by that point it was too late to force a comeback.

JCU junior goalkeeper Chris Garbinsky led the Blue Streaks on defense with two saves, earning his third win of the season. With the game being as close as it was, Garbinsky states that the most important thing was to keep focus.

“We just want to get the result and leave there with three points for the win,” Garbinsky said. “Everyone’s mindset in a one-goal game is pretty simple, to not let them score. In the end I only had to make a couple saves and my teammates worked hard to keep it that way.”

Potocnik believes that this team can accomplish all of the goals that they have set in front of themselves this season.

“We are expecting to finish in the conference 9-0 and make the NCAA tournament,” Potocnik said.

“Our greatest strength is our commitment. As a whole, we are committed to this team and the long-term goals we have established.”

Editor’s Note: The Blue Streaks faced Otterbein University on the road on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Stats, recaps and much more can be found at jcusports.com.