If anybody wants to defeat the John Carroll University men’s soccer team, starting fast is a must.
The Wilmington College Quakers failed to do so on Saturday, Oct. 10, and felt the consequences.
For the fourth time in five games, the Blue Streaks scored two goals in the first half, rolling to a 3-1 victory.
Senior Kevin Pachuta started the scoring early for JCU. The Farmington Hills, Michigan native received a pass from sophomore Dalton Browsky and slotted the ball past Wilmington keeper Nick Latessa for the 1-0 lead at the 1:35 mark of the first half.
Later in the period, senior Jimmy Mattina scored for the second straight game. The defender notched the insurance goal on a free kick in the 29th minute. Senior Shaq Bridges added the assist, his first of the season.
The Quakers could not muster a response before the end of the half, as JCU took a 2-0 lead into the break. The JCU offense dominated the action in the first period, outshooting Wilmington, 11-3.
Less than seven minutes into the second frame, the Blue Streaks struck again. Senior Michael Melfi netted his second goal of the season, extending the lead to 3-0.
Wilmington answered the bell less than a minute later. Following a save by JCU goalkeeper Liam McIntosh, Wilmington sophomore Tahj Sho-Johnson scored on a rebound to narrow the Quakers’ deficit to 3-1.
Each team did have opportunities to score, but neither found the back of the net before the final whistle.
Following the win, JCU continued its trek through the OAC schedule, playing host to Heidelberg University at Don Shula Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Goals from sophomore Jesse Marinaro, freshman Andrew Frank, and another from Mattina sealed the deal for the Blue Streaks, as they defeated Heidelberg on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 3-0. The victory was JCU’s third win in a row.
The Blue Streaks remain at home this weekend, as JCU will host Marietta College in a 7 p.m. Saturday showdown at Don Shula Stadium. Historically, the Blue and Gold have enjoyed success against the Pioneers. JCU holds a 24-5-1 series lead over Marietta heading into Saturday’s home match.