Men’s Soccer to Welcome #3 John Carroll for OAC Semifinals

Men’s Soccer to Welcome #3 John Carroll for OAC Semifinals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital Men's Soccer is preparing to continue its recent success against Ohio Athletic Conference opponents against a John Carroll University team that has also seen its share of OAC success, as of late. The Crusaders begin their run at a championship when they host the Blue Streaks on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Bernlohr Stadium. 

HOW THEY GOT HERE

Capital (9-8-1, 7-1-1 OAC) is coming off a week of rest after emerging victorious in six of its last seven matches to clinch the conference's second seed and also a first-round bye.

The Crusaders last faced the Blue Streaks in a thrilling match on Oct. 24 in University Heights, Ohio that took overtime to find the winner. With the match tied 1-1, sophomore Dominic Zumpone (Sunbury, Ohio) streaked down the left side of the field and threaded a pass to Chew Gordon (Westerville, Ohio) who found the back of the net with his left foot for the game-winner. John Carroll held a heavy shot advantage (25-8) but it only landed five on frame against sophomore Justin Niswonger (Centerville, Ohio).

Since their rough 2-7-0 start, head coach Alan Yost rallied the Crusaders to finish the regular season 7-1-1, its only loss coming against top-seeded Ohio Northern University, 2-0.

The Blue Streaks (13-4-1, 7-2-0 OAC) earned the No. 3 seed in this year's OAC Men's Soccer Tournament with its only conference losses coming against the top two seeds, Ohio Northern and Capital. John Carroll streaked through the competition between its two losses, putting together a five-match winning streak. Its victories included commanding wins over Otterbein University (5-1) and Wilmington College (3-1) and shutouts over Heidelberg University (3-0) and Marietta College (1-0).

Following its loss to the Crusaders, John Carroll finished the regular season by earning a pair of wins against the University of Mount Union and Muskingum University, shutting them out by a combined score of 6-0.

The Blue Streaks traveled to Mount Union for Tuesday evening's quarter-final matchup, eliminating the Purple Raiders in a 1-0 decision.

The match's first and only goal took place in the first 65 seconds as sophomore Jesse Marinaro threaded a pass to Dalton Browsky, who aimed his shot to the low right side, past the Mount Union keeper. John Carroll's defense clamped down as the second half played out in dramatic fashion. In the 65th minute, John Carroll had a goal wiped out, due to an offside call. Five minutes later, sophomore Jake Lombardo had the opportunity for a penalty kick that was denied by the Purple Raiders.

WHO TO LOOK FOR

Marinaro leads the way for the Blue Streaks with his name towards the top of many statistical categories in the OAC. The forward is third in the conference in points (28), tied for third in assists (8), and fourth in goals (10). His aggressive style has netted him 53 shots, with his season high of six coming against the Crusaders.

Sophomore forward Calvin Saunders (Winston Salem, N.C.), who leads the Crusaders with six goals, will look to counter John Carroll's standout sophomore. Saunders also leads Capital with 54 shots, 28 on goal. Junior Hunter Stiger (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been playing well as of late, sporting two goals in his last three matches and five overall. Freshman forward Chewy Gordan (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) has the second-most points (12) behind four goals and four assists.

Both squads will bring solid goalkeepers into the matchup as Niswonger and Blue Streak keeper Liam McIntosh are a combined 20-5-1 with eight shutouts on the season. Niswonger has registered 37 saves while only allowing 15 goals. McIntosh has saved 35 shots with only 13 goals against, third in the OAC.

Capital and John Carroll is set to do battle on Thursday night. The match is set for 7 p.m. at Bernlohr Stadium. Live stats and video will be provided by Capital.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

General Admission - $7
OAC Students (with valid ID) – FREE
Non-OAC students 18 years and under - $2
Seniors (62 years and older) - $5
OAC lifetime passes will be honored (regular season passes will not)