Extending their win streak to four games, the John Carroll University women’s soccer team defeated Wooster College 2-0 at Don Shula Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 23.
It was thanks to a bit of luck that the Blue Streaks were able to put points on the board first. In just the 6th minute of gametime, senior forward Kay Akerly swung a booming cross into the attacking box. The Fighting Scots’ defender Rachel Davis was first to respond, attempting to clear the cross from danger, but the ball took a strange deflection off of Davis and snuck by the Wooster keeper, give JCU the early 1-0 lead.
The Fighting Scots looked to respond after letting up such an early, fluky goal. Making run after run, Wooster peppered JCU’s senior keeper Haley McDonald with nine first half shots, but McDonald turned away shot after shot, allowing the Blue Streaks to enter halftime with a 1-0 lead despite being outshot and out-possessed.
“The defense had my back in multiple situations whether it was heading a ball out of the box or running down an opponent and sliding to prevent a shot,” said McDonald. “They kept a strong mentality even in some rough spots and were able to keep the pressure and urgency up to get the ball out of our defensive third. “
After halftime, JCU looked to set the tone. Their defense bunkered down and the offense continued to push towards extending the lead.
That breakthrough finally happened in the 65th minute when Akerly hit a blistering ball from nearly 30 yards out that found its way around the keeper and into the net.
The second goal turned out to be the dagger for the Fighting Scots. After the Blue Streaks took the two-goal lead, Wooster began to lose steam, leading to the eventual 2-0 victory for JCU.