Physicality and hustle are two mainstays with Ohio Athletic Conference soccer, and the Saturday, Oct. 10 night fixture inside Don Shula Stadium had those two points on display.
Unfortunately, the hustle and heart from the John Carroll University women’s soccer team did not translate into goals for the Blue Streaks against Wilmington College, as JCU fell to the Fightin’ Quakers, 3-1.
Scoring started early for Wilmington. In the 11th minute, Erika Good took a Taylor Scott corner kick and put it into the back of the JCU net. The volleyed shot was the first on the scoreboard and the first goal for Good in the game.
By the way of a free kick, Good added her second tally of the night. The 35th minute strike gave Wilmington a 2-0 lead to take into the locker rooms at half time.
An answer from JCU came early in the second half. Junior defender Dre Regrut put a Blue Streaks’ corner kick into the box, causing a deflection from a Wilmington defender that turned into an own goal against the visitors. The own goal cut the Fightin’ Quakers lead in half in the 59th minute, and gave the Blue and Gold hope down the stretch.
Unfortunately for JCU, that hope was short lived, as Wilmington would seal the deal in the 62nd minute. Scott dribbled through the Blue Streaks’ defense and put an insurance goal into the bottom left corner of sophomore Rhianna Guarnera’s net.
Guarnera saw her first action on the back line for the Blue Streaks since the squad’s matchup with Hiram on Sept. 14. The sophomore made one save in the second half for the Blue Streaks. Senior Taylor Tercek was the keeper in the first half, making two saves.
The Fightin’ Quakers would weather the late storm of attacks from the Blue Streaks to ultimately win the match, 3-1.
The Blue Streaks would rebound from the loss though, as they traveled to Tiffin, Ohio on Tuesday, Oct. 13 to take on Heidelberg University.
Freshman Abbey Piccillo stepped up in a big way for JCU, netting her first goal as a member of the Blue Streaks in the 68’. The one goal difference was enough for the Blue and Gold, as Guarnera shut down the Heidelberg offense, sealing the 1-0 win for JCU.