One of the busiest and most successful weekends in recent John Carroll memory took place from November 12-14.
Here’s what happened this past weekend with JCU Athletics, a weekend Blue Streaks fans will not soon forget because of all of the historic moments and milestones.
After clinching the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship the previous weekend, John Carroll Men’s Soccer was selected as a first/second round host of the NCAA Tournament; hosting themselves, Bethany (WV), Penn State Harrisburg, and Johns Hopkins.
In their first game on Saturday, the Blue & Gold cruised to a 3-1 victory over Bethany (WV). Jack Foht scored a goal in the first half, then proceeded to loft a cross to James Hoover who put away another goal; and 30 seconds later, Foht earned himself a brace to make it 3-0. A late goal by Bethany made it a 3-1 final.
After Johns Hopkins defeated Penn State Harrisburg 2-1, the Blue Streaks turned their attention to the No. 25 nationally-ranked Blue Jays. Battling snowy conditions throughout the 90 minutes, JCU dug itself into a 1-0 deficit as a foul in the box led to Johns Hopkins converting a penalty. But the Blue & Gold came ready to respond in the second half as James Hoover found Benjamin Hryszko in the box to tie the match. Then the game-winner came from Jack Foht, who received a pass from Hryszko and slotted it through to the back of the net. Strong defense the rest of the way earned JCU a 2-1 win as they advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the second time in program history, the first time since 2003.
With the wins, the Blue Streaks will take on Middlebury College on Saturday, November 20 at Amherst College at 1:30 PM. with a chance at their first Elite Eight appearance in school history.