Sept. 28, 2005
GETTYSBURG, PA -- The Johns Hopkins men's soccer team did everything except score against host Gettysburg Wednesday night and the Blue Jays had to settle for a 0-0 double-overtime tie with the Bullets. The Blue Jays dominated play from the outset, but couldn't solve Gettysburg goalie Nick Wells-Bundtzen in playing to their third consecutive tie.
Hopkins held a 24-5 advantage in shots and a 14-2 cushion in corner kicks, but Wells-Bundtzen was up to the challenge as he recorded eight saves, including several of the spectacular fashion, to preserve scoreless tie for the Bullets. Hopkins' best chance to win late came in the closing seconds of the first overtime when senior Manbaj Gill whistled a free kick just over the crossbar.
Dan Coble was forced to make just two saves in goal for the Blue Jays, although the Bullets did have several dangerous scoring opportunities.
The Blue Jays, who took 11 of the 12 shots in the second half and all four in overtime, set a school record with their third consecutive tie. This is just the fifth time in school history Hopkins has had three ties in a season and there had only been a handful of occassions when the Blue Jays had played back-to-back tie games. A 0-0 tie with McDaniel last Wednesday was followed by a 2-2 tie against Drew last Saturday before tonight's 0-0 tie with the Bullets stretched the streak to three.
The one-game separation between 0-0 ties is also a rarity in the history of Hopkins soccer. From 1993, when head coach Matt Smith arrived, through the 2004 season the Blue Jays played only one game that ended in a 0-0 tie. In the last three games they have played two.
Johns Hopkins will look to snap its four-game winless streak on Saturday when the Blue Jays play at Dickinson in a crucial Centennial Conference game. While there are still six league games remaining in the regular season the Blue Jays will likely need at least five conference wins to qualify for the Centennial Conference Tournament. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.