In search of its first road win, the John Carroll University men’s soccer team traveled to Buffalo, New York on Saturday, Sept 13 for a non-conference match with undefeated Medaille College.
An early goal from the Mavericks left the Blue Streaks searching for their first road win, as JCU dropped to 3-3 on the season with a 1-0 loss.
The Blue Streaks were the fifth game of a seven-game homestand for the Mavericks. Medaille kept its undefeated season alive with the 1-0 win, but not without some drama.
The Blue and Gold peppered the Medaille defense with 11 shots, making the 1-0 win the closest game for the Mavericks this season.
Medaille junior Alex Pollak scored his first goal on the season off of a corner kick to give the Mavericks an early lead in the fourth minute.
The goal was the only mishap for the Blue Streaks defense, which held the powerful Mavericks offense to a season-low one goal.
Junior goalkeeper Derek Jenkins made his season debut, making five saves on the day.
Medaille goalkeeper Erik Szczerba held the JCU attack at bay, making six saves on the 11 shots the Blue Streaks got off.
JCU seniors Trent Guy and Brian Potocnik led the way for the Blue Streaks with three shots apiece, with Potocnik putting two on goal.
JCU won both the shots (11-9) and corner battles (4-3) throughout the game.
Guy was happy with the squad’s performance but disappointed with the result.
“Our team did not play to our full potential against Medaille,” said Guy. “They were a solid team that capitalized on an early chance. We competed well the rest of the game, but we need to eliminate our mental lapses on restarts and set pieces defensively.”
Head coach Hector Marinaro used seven subs in the match in an attempt to crack the Medaille defense, but nothing worked for the Blue and Gold. The Blue Streaks dropped their second straight game on the road to bring their away record to 0-2.
JCU will return home to take on Case Western Reserve University on Tuesday, Sept. 16 before going back on the road for two games.
JCU has a 23-12-2 record all-time against CWRU, winning six of the last 10 meetings between the two programs.
More importantly, the Blue Streaks will look to improve their record in a familiar place. The squad has seven games left at Don Shula Stadium, with six of those being Ohio Athletic Conference matchups.
Currently 1-0 at home, JCU hopes to continue its success in front of the home crowd, where the squad had an impressive 8-1-1 record in 2013.
The Blue and Gold notched a 7-1-1 OAC record last season, with a semifinal exit in the conference tournament.
Editor’s Note: John Carroll University’s men’s soccer team faced off against Case Western Reserve University on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at Don Shula Stadium. Jump over to jcusports.com for full details and a box score of the game.