Ophel Lifts Johns Hopkins to 2-1 Overtime Win over Rhodes
Score: Johns Hopkins-2, Rhodes-1 (OT)
Records: JHU (4-1) RC (2-2)
Location: Baltimore, MD Homewood Field
The Short Story: Junior Megan Ophel scored just 4:09 into overtime to give the host Johns Hopkins field hockey team a 2-1 win over Rhodes.
How it Happened
Rhodes had a chance to go up early as the Lynx drew a penalty stroke just 4:12 into the contest. Mackenzie Busby's shot missed just wide left however.
After a scoreless first half, Rhodes got on the scoreboard at the 49:08-mark. Sophomore Jodie Baris made a save on Lauren Travis, but Maddie Smith collected the rebound and passed it back to Travis. She then lifted the ball into the cage to stake the Lynx to the 1-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later, the game was tied. Senior Morgan Pothast took a shot off a Blue Jay corner that was stopped by Laura Eckelkamp. The ball deflected off the Lynx keeper's pads to senior Clare Kavanagh, who buried the shot to make it 1-1.
Hopkins continued to pressure the Rhodes cage for the remainder of the half but could not find the equalizer and the teams headed to overtime. Four minutes into the overtime, Kavanagh fed a long pass to freshman Val Henderson deep in the Lynx end. Henderson dribbled into the circle and fired a back-handed shot from about 10 yards out that Ophel tipped inside the left post.
What it Means
Hopkins earns its first win over Rhodes in just the third meeting between the two. This was the second meeting that went to overtime and all three games have been decided by just one goal.
Hopkins improves to 4-1 for the second straight year and earns its second overtime win of the season. Three of the Blue Jays' wins have been by one goal and two have been come-from-behind wins.
Inside the Box Score
Kavanagh scored her team-leading third goal of the season while Henderson notched her first career point.
Baris finished with seven saves and senior Francesca Cali also made a defensive save. Cali now has 11 career defensive saves, which is tied for third in program history.
Hopkins outshot Rhodes, 27-12, and had more corners, 20-13.
Eckelkamp made 16 saves in the loss for the Lynx.
Hopkins is back at Homewood Field to wrap up a four-game home stand on Saturday, September 16. Hopkins takes on Bryn Mawr at 4:00 pm in both teams' Centennial Conference opener.