Cold, windy and rainy weather set up a miserable Saturday, Oct. 3 evening, but John Carroll University’s Women Soccer team played on.
JCU dropped a 3-0 contest with the visiting Ohio Northern University Polar Bears in the first Ohio Athletic Conference action of the season.
The Saturday night fixture’s kick-off was pushed back 45-minutes because of the rainy conditions, but scoring came quickly for the fans that braved the elements. Rachel Weigman gave Ohio Northern an early advantage in the third minute. The Polar Bears added an insurance goal later in the opening half with a 23’ strike from McKenna Welsh.
It was a relentless first half from the visiting Polar Bears that helped the squad take a 2-0 lead to the locker room. Fourteen first half shots dwarfed the four attempts from the Blue Streaks. ONU finished with 17-shots on the night while JCU managed seven.
Senior goalkeeper Taylor Tercek made nine saves on the cold night. The defender turned goalkeeper was playing in just her fifth collegiate cap at the position. Sophomore Katie O’Donnell helped John Carroll with two-shots on goal in the game.
The second half would be more of the same from the Polar Bears and a familiar face. Weigman added her second tally of the evening with a 66’ strike. That would be all the Polar Bears needed to secure the 3-0 victory.
This is the second time this season JCU has failed to score a goal in two straight outings, and the fifth shutout of the season. The loss also sets the Blue and Gold back to a 2-8-1 record with a 0-1 mark in the OAC. This is also the 4th straight loss for the Blue Streaks.
Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University women’s soccer team returned to action on Wednesday, Oct. 7 in Westerville, Ohio against Otterbein University. Go to jcusports.com for a full game recap and box score.