10th-ranked Gaels defeat No. 19 John Carroll, 3-1
by Joe DiBlasi
No. 10 Mount St. Joseph got two goals from senior Casey McCanna enroute to a 3-1 MIAA A Conference soccer victory over visiting and No. 19 John Carroll, on a rainy Monday afternoon in Irvington.
The Gaels (1-0-1, 1-0-1 MIAA A) grabbed a quick 1-0 lead, just six minutes into the game, when Tuquan Stroud served up a corner kick that junior Dmitri Jordan banged past Patriot keeper Collin Davies.
The Pats (2-1, 0-1 MIAA A) answered 10 minutes later on a beautiful free-kick from 30 yards out that found the twine off the foot of Junior Gavin Greene.
McCanna put the Gaels up 2-1 lead with 19 minutes to go in the first half, when he followed up on a shot by Alex Crabbs, just outside the box, that Davies deflected. McCanna then added an insurance goal for the Gaels, just three minutes into the second half, to seal the win.
“Miles Lam was running down the left side and he got a good cross into Van Danielson, who bounced it to me and I just finished it,” said McCanna.
Mount St. Joe coach Mike Saint Martin explained McCanna’s value to his team.
“Casey is very versatile,” said St. Martin. “We can play him anywhere on the field. Those two goals from him today came from his hard work, and he also created a lot of other opportunities for us.”
St. Martin was impressed by his team’s play.
“I was happy with the way we played. I thought we moved the ball pretty well. I was just a little disappointed that we didn’t get a couple more at the end, when we had some younger guys in the game and two shots hit the post in the last five minutes”
Jordan kept the Mount defense together throughout the day.
“We didn’t communicate very well on that free-kick by Greene, but from there we communicated very well, and won every head ball, which was a key to our breakaways,” added St. Martin.
John Carroll coach Jim Fendryk was able to sum up the disappointing loss very succinctly.
“In our league, if you make uncharacteristic mistakes against a team as good as St. Joe, they will punish you,” said Fendryk. “You can’t dig a hole against them and expect to find your way out.
“We’re on the road, and conditions weren’t great, and we made some simple mistakes. Coach St. Martin has done a fantastic job with his program, and he has another good team.”
Greene came very close to hitting another deep free kick late in the second half that would have cut the Gaels’ lead to one, but it sailed a little high over the crossbar.
“Gavin has put in a lot of hard work for us, and we put him in different spots,” said Fendryk. “He has really come into his own, and he’s a prime player. We’re always looking for more chances for him inside 20 yards.”
“I’m happy with the win,” concluded St. Martin. “Anytime you get three points in the MIAA it’s huge.”
NO. 10 MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 3, NO. 19 JOHN CARROLL 1
JC 1 0 — 1
MSJ 2 1 — 3
GOALS: JC-Greene; MSJ-Jordan, McCanna 2.
ASSISTS: MSJ-Stroud, Danielson.
SAVES: JC-Davies 5; MSJ-Carey 2, Jones, Fenstermacher.