In a game of many firsts for John Carroll University’s women’s soccer team, freshman Katie O’Donnell beat multiple defenders and scored the game’s lone goal in the 103’ to give the Blue Streaks a 1-0 victory over Hanover College on Saturday, Sept. 19.
The game winner was O’Donnell’s first goal of the season and the first of her collegiate career.
Starting in net for JCU for their matchup with the Panthers was senior defender Taylor Tercek. Sophomore Rhianna Guarnera was unable to play, so Tercek stepped in to play goalie for the Blue Streaks for the first time in her soccer career.
The senior stepped up big time for JCU, making five saves over the 103’ minute contest, and earning her first career collegiate win in net.
“Playing with confidence was key,” said Tercek. “I was glad that I could stop the shots that Hanover got off, but our back line made some important tackles that played a huge part in the victory. They really worked the entire game to limit the number of shots on goal.”
The win over Hanover was the second win of the season for JCU, and the squad’s second consecutive victory.
Fresh off those victories, the Blue Streaks then took the field on Tuesday, Sept. 22, going for their third win of the season and third consecutive victory overall.
Unfortunately for JCU, the travel to Wooster, Ohio was not a pleasant one, as the Blue Streaks fell to the College of Wooster, 2-0.
The Fighting Scots got on the board relatively early, netting a goal in the 16’, and held the lead the rest of the game.
A dominant first half performance was the key to victory for Wooster, who out shot JCU by six in the opening half.
A second goal in the 60’ was the nail in the coffin for JCU, who was unable to score on any of their five shots on net over the course of the game.
The Blue Streaks now sit at 2-5-1 on the season. JCU has two games this upcoming weekend on Friday, Sept. 25 against Carnegie Mellon University and then Sunday, Sept. 27 against Case Western Reserve University. After the road trip, the Blue Streaks will begin Ohio Athletic Conference play with a home game against Ohio Northern University on Saturday, Oct. 3.