In the team’s biggest victory since last October, John Carroll University men’s soccer crushed the St. Vincent Bearcats in a 6-1 victory on Saturday, Sept. 20, thanks to a slew of goals by freshman.
The Blue Streaks arrived in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, scoring from the moment they got off the bus.
Freshman midfielder Jacob Lombardo opened the scoring for the Blue Streaks in the 15th minute when he ripped a shot past the Bearcat goalkeeper in the upper right corner to give JCU the 1-0 lead.
Keeping the pedal to the metal, the Blue Streaks continued to pepper the net with shot after shot.
JCU found the net once again in the 17th minute when captain, senior Brian Potocnik, scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season off an assist from freshman forward Dalton Browsky.
Just a minute and half later, Browsky scored his first goal of the season. Then, in the 25th minute, he scored again, giving JCU a 4-0 lead.
“Scoring my first collegiate goal felt great,” said Browsky. “A sense of relief came over me because now that I have the first one, more will follow.”
St. Vincent cut the lead to three right before halftime––but the damage had been done. The Blue Streaks entered the second period with complete control of the game, having outshot the Bearcats 12-5 through the first 45 minutes.
The second half brought more luck for JCU.
Freshman midfielder Jesse Marinaro connected on two of his shots in the second half. Marinaro lit up St.Vincent, scoring two goals in less than three minutes to extend the JCU lead to 6-1, which would be the final score, as the Blue Streaks improved to 5-3 on the season.
“We felt confident going into the weekend with solid practices as well as the win against Case Western,” said Browsky. “We wanted to come out strong and get two consecutive wins. [The freshmen] want to help this team as much as we can to succeed.”