Johns Hopkins' Season Ends In Shootout at Tufts
Score: #3 Tufts-0, #23 Johns Hopkins-0 (TU, 4-1 PKs)
Records: JHU (16-1-4) TU (15-1-4)
Location: Medford, MA Bello Field
The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men's soccer team saw its season come to an end in heartbreaking fashion, losing a shootout at third-ranked Tufts Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Sweet 16.
How it Happened
After battling through 110 minutes of scoreless action, it would come down to a penalty kick shootout to decide who would advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The scoreless draw was befitting two of the toughest defenses in the nation. Hopkins ranked third with a 0.287 goals against average while Tufts was second at 0.051.
Tufts would prevail in the shootout, 4-1, to move onto the Elite Eight.
The Blue Jays had a couple of good chances in the second half. Sophomore Achim Younker broke through the Jumbos' defense in the 51st minute, but his shot went just wide of the goal. About 20 minutes later, sophomore Matthew MacFarquhar was battling for a loose ball in the box, but Tufts' goalie Conner Mieth came out and grabbed the ball.
In the first overtime, Matt Zinner fired a hard shot on the Blue Jay goalie but a diving save by senior Bryan See kept the game scoreless. Sterling Weateahbrbie then hit the crossbar in the 99th minute.
What it Means
Hopkins finishes the season at 16-1-4 with the one loss tying the program record. The 16 wins are the most in a season since the 2009 squad also won 16 and is three shy of the single season record (2006).
The Blue Jays' .857 winning percentage this season is the fifth best in program history and is the highest since 2006 (.870).
Hopkins falls to 1-0-1 all-time against Tufts, with both meetings coming in the NCAA Tournament. The last came in 1994, when JHU won 1-0 to advance to the NCAA Semifinals. The Blue Jays are 17-14-6 in 15 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Inside the Box Score
See finished with five saves and his 14th shutout in his final collegiate game. See posted a 0.917 save percentage this season -- a school record. He also set a school record with his 0.236 goals against average. Both marks had stood since 2004 when Gary Kane, Jr. posted a 0.909 and 0.248, respectively. See's 14 shutouts this season also tie the school record, held by Kane and Danny Coble (2006).
See finishes his career as one of the best goalies in program history. He ranks second all-time in save percentage (.843) and shutouts (28), third in wins (39) and minutes (5352:53) and fourth in goals against average (0.638) and games played (59).
As a team, Johns Hopkins allowed just six goals on the season and posted 16 shutouts. The six goals allowed ties the school single-season record while the 16 shutouts are a school record, besting the 1999, 2004 and 2006 squads that had 14 each.
The Johns Hopkins seniors -- See, Drew Collins, Jonah Muniz and Mike Swiercz finish their careers with a 48-16-12 record and the 2017 Centennial Conference regular season championship. The quartet anchored a defense that allowed a total of just 15 goals and posted 27 shutouts in the last two seasons.
On the offensive side, Hopkins finished the season with 45 goals scored, the most since 2007 (81). Younker led the Blue Jays with a career-best 17 goals, the most by a Blue Jay since Scott Bukoski (20) in 2007. After just two seasons, Younker is now tied for 22nd with 20 career goals.