The John Carroll University soccer team has already failed twice out of their first three games of the season to put a goal on the board. Fresh off a double overtime 1-0 loss to Allegheny College, the Blue and Gold found their scoring stride in Gambier, Ohio with a 3-1 win over Kenyon College Ladies.
Now at 3-2 on the season, JCU was treated to an offensive showcase in the fifth-ever meeting with Kenyon, handing the Ladies their first loss of the year.
Freshmen Dana Roman and Maggie Reilly both found the back of the net for the Blue Streaks in the first half, preventing a third shutout in four games.
Roman headed in the first of three goals for the Blue Streaks in the 14th minute. The assist from sophomore Andrea Regrut, her first of the season, snapped JCU’s scoreless streak, and gave JCU its first goal since a double-overtime loss to Allegheny in the last outing.
Making her starting debut as a Blue Streak, Reilly added the second goal of the game near the end of the half.
Sophomore Mollie Zugger came off the bench to earn her first assist of the year and help Reilly score her first career goal in a JCU uniform.
Scoring efficiency was a high point for the Blue and Gold, as scoring chances came at a premium. Kenyon had the shot advantage, holding a 25-5 lead over the Blue and Gold. JCU continued to produce though, finding the back of the net on nearly every shot placed on net. The Ladies struggled to slot one past senior goalkeeper Haley McDonald, who kept Kenyon scoreless in the first half. Of nine shots on net, Kenyon only managed to get one passed McDonald in the 54th. McDonald managed eight saves on the day, raising her save percentage to .809.
The second half only saw one goal, scored by JCU captain, senior Kay Akerly. An unassisted goal marked the first score for Akerly in the 2014 season, and the 29th of her JCU career.
Akerly was glad to see her young teammates come through in the 3-1 victory over Kenyon.
Akerly hopes the squad can continue to put points on the board.
“The offense is getting such good opportunities because our team works as a unit.” Akerly continued, “We are very happy that we have been able to capitalize on the opportunities that we have created.”
Now 3-2 on the season, head coach Mike Marich is happy with the Blue and Gold’s work.
“The team has really worked hard through preseason and through the first four games of the season,” said Marich. “They are using every training to get better and I believe you have been able to see that in our games.”
Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University women’s soccer team defeated Ohio Wesleyan University 3-0 at Don Shula Stadium. Head over to jcusports.com for a full game recap and boxscore.