Fifth-Ranked Messiah Edges Johns Hopkins, 1-0
• Score: #5 Messiah-1, #9 Johns Hopkins-0
• Records: JHU (11-1-0) • MC (11-1-0)
• Location: Grantham, PA • Shoemaker Field
• The Short Story: Host and fifth-ranked Messiah scored the game’s only goal in the 83rd minute to defeat the ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s soccer team Thursday night.
How it Happened
• After a back-and-forth first half that saw the teams combine for just five shots, Hopkins stepped up the pressure in the second. Sophomore Connor Jacobs had a header off an RJ Moore corner kick go just high in the 49th minute.
• Senior Mike Swiercz dribbled up field, through several defenders and ripped a shot from about 25 yards out that just missed high of the goal. Sophomore Achim Younker turned on the speed and beat a pair of defenders at the top of the box a few minutes later, but the Falcons’ Connor Bell came out to smother the ball and the scoring chance.
• Messiah countered in the 83rd minute with what turned out to be the lone score. Kirby Robbins dribbled across the top of the box to the right side and then fired a shot to the lower left corner to put the home team on top.
• The Falcons had a pair of scoring chances in the ensuing three minutes but senior Bryan See made a pair of spectacular saves to keep the deficit at one.
• Hopkins had one more chance before the final whistle with a free kick about 30 yards from goal. The Blue Jays pushed everyone, including See up into the box, but they could not find the equalizer.
What it Means
• Hopkins falls to 0-4-1 all-time against Messiah in the first-ever regular season meeting between the two. It is the first meeting in the series since November 21, 2009.
• The loss is the first this season for Hopkins and its first since a 1-0 loss at sixth-ranked Franklin & Marshall on October 16, 2016. The loss snaps a 15-game unbeaten streak (14-0-1) for the Blue Jays. Hopkins has lost just four games in its last 30 (23-4-3) – all four losses came by one goal.
• This was the first top-10 matchup for Hopkins since September 8, 2010. On that day, sixth-ranked Hopkins defeated 10th-ranked York, 2-1, in double overtime on the road.
Inside the Box Score
• See finished with three saves in the loss for the Blue Jays. Bell also made three saves to earn the win.
• Hopkins outshot Messiah, 10-9, while the Falcons had a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. The Blue Jay defense held the Falcons well below their season average for shots (17.73) and goals (2.73).
• The Falcons’ goal was just the third against the Blue Jays this season, who entered the game ranked third in the nation in goals against average (.180).
• Hopkins travels to Swarthmore on Saturday, October 7 to take on the Garnet. The Centennial Conference contest is slated for a 7:00 pm start at Clothier Field Stadium.