The 12th ranked John Carroll University men’s soccer team traveled to Alliance on October 9th for a top 25 matchup against the 19th ranked Mount Union Purple Raiders. The matchup saw a high-power JCU offense averaging 2.18 goals per game meet a lockdown Mount Union defense that came into the matchup averaging just .54 goals allowed per game. The Raiders defensively are anchored by standout senior goalie Zach Hlas who entered Wednesday’s game having received OAC defensive player of the week honors four times so far this season. JCU came into the game being lead offensively by Jared Ianiro who came into the game with a team high four goals.
Once the game kicked off it was all defense for the next 90 minutes with some offense sparingly sprinkled in. It was an affair that saw most of the action take place in the middle third of the field as both teams went back and forth during the entirety of regulation as neither team was able to really press offensively and get off many shots. At the end of regulation the two teams found themselves still scoreless after only combining for 19 shots total in regulation. Out of those shots, 16 came in the first half as both teams defensively tightened up after halftime. JCU had 9 first half shots and the Raiders had 7. In overtime it was all Blue Streaks as JCU took all three shots that were taken across both overtime periods. In overtime JCU was able to turn up the pressure on Hlas and the Mount Union defense with a trio of corner kicks including one that saw the ball come within an inch of crossing the line and entering the goal. However, that would be as close as the Blue Streaks would come to scoring in either overtime period. Finally, after a second overtime period and 110 minutes total the two OAC rivals finished in a 0-0 tie. Both teams picked up their second tie of the season with John Carroll moving to 8-2-2 and Mount Union moving to 7-1-2 on the season. The WRMU player of the game honors went to Mount Union’s Zach Hlas for his heroics in overtime for the Raiders as he got his 6th shutout of the season. The Raiders will next be in action on Wednesday October 16th when they travel to Muskingum for an OAC matchup that’s set for a 7:00 PM start.