No. 20 Heidelberg squeezes past No. 3 JCU

PHOTO COURTESY OF MASON HAINEY/HEIDELBERG UNIVERSITY Heidelberg’s Cory Gilbert (left) celebrates his second goal of Tuesday’s game against John Carroll in Tiffin. John Carroll’s Eric Rozsits looks on. 

It figured to be a thriller.

The men’s soccer game between No. 20 Heidelberg and No. 3 John Carroll not only lived up to expectations, but it ended up being perhaps one of the biggest wins in HU’s program history.

Cory Gilbert scored twice and Rodrigo Meza added a goal as the Student Princes stayed undefeated, handing the Blue Streaks a 3-2 loss — JCU’s first of the 2017 season.

“I loved the effort and energy displayed by my guys today,” said Heidelberg coach Pat Svihlik, whose team improved to 9-0, 2-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. “The togetherness and belief to put into the game plan and executing it was well done.”

Meza scored the game’s first goal at 5:28, off a Garrett McAffee assist. Gilbert put the Student Princes’ up 2-0 when he scored off a corner kick from Alexis Mendoza.

John Carroll cut the deficit in half, when Jesse Marinaro scored off an Eric Rozsits assist at the 37:02 mark.

Heidelberg went into the break with a 2-1 advantage.

Gilbert then added some second-half insurance, putting in an unassisted goal at the 50:11 mark, before the Blue Streaks’ Jared Ianiro brought his team back with a goal off a Brian Lutz assist with less than three minutes left.

But that’s where the scoring stopped.

Heidelberg goalkeeper Jake Cress made five saves, while John Carroll goalie Liam McIntosh made three saves.

Heidelberg had eight shots on goal, John Carroll seven.

“I’m so happy for my guys,” Svihlik. “They beat a very tough and extremely well-coached team.”

John Carroll fell to 9-1-1, 1-1 in the OAC.

HU volleyball

beats JCU in four

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — Rachel Raimondo had 28 digs — one of three Student Princes to reach double digits in the category — and Heidelberg picked up its first Ohio Athletic Conference win, 18-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-21.

Morgan Strenk led HU (10-9, 1-1) with 12 kills. New Riegel graduate Taylor Arbogast added nine kills and 13 digs, while Taylor Valentine contributed six kills and 18 digs. Amandalin Hensley registered 37 assists and five digs.

For John Carroll, Sarah Calabrese had a team-best 10 kills. The Blue Streaks slipped to 5-16, 1-1.