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Oct. 1, 2010
BALTIMORE, MD - A late goal by junior Erica Suter propelled the sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over visiting Haverford on Friday night at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays improve to 9-2 (3-1 CC) on the year, while the Fords fall to 5-4 (2-2 CC).
Hopkins controlled the ball much of the opening half, but the Haverford defense held its ground and kept the Blue Jays from having many dangerous scoring opportunities for most of the first stanza. With time ticking down in the first half, it looked as though both teams were headed for the intermission in a scoreless tie.
Freshman Christina Convey had other plans, as she ran onto a pass from junior Leslie O'Brien 40 yards from goal with about 10 seconds remaining in the half. Convey outraced a Haverford defender and found herself one-on-one in the 18-yard box with Haverford goalkeeper Kayleigh Herrick-Reynolds. Herrick-Reynolds came out to challenge the speeding Convey, but Convey cleverly dribbled around her to the left and touched the ball into the back of the empty net with just five seconds remaining to give JHU a 1-0 lead at halftime. The goal was Convey's fifth of the season.
The Blue Jays again had the better of the play in the second half, but the Fords defense continued to hold strong and the score remained 1-0 with under 10 minutes to play. The Haverford offense had yet to register a shot up to that point and Hopkins looked well on its way to the victory.
However, the tide turned in the 83rd minute when Haverford finally got a scoring opportunity and took full advantage of it. Freshman Sophie Eiger crossed the ball into the center of the box, where junior Katie Van Aken was waiting and headed home the equalizer over the outstretched arms of JHU goalkeeper Kristen Redsun.
With just over seven minutes remaining and the score deadlocked a 1-1, the Blue Jays played with a new sense of urgency and quickly moved the ball into the Fords' half of the field. That sense of urgency paid off in the 87th minute, when junior Erica Suter collected a cross from senior Allie Zazzali about 10 yards from goal in the center of the box, turned to her right and drilled a shot to the left corner to notch her fifth goal of the year and give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead that they would not relinquish.
JHU held an overwhelming advantage in shots (20-1) and corner kicks (7-1). Redsun recorded the win at goalkeeper for Hopkins, while Herrick-Reynolds totaled six saves in the loss.
Johns Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, October 9 at Gettysburg in a Centennial Conference matchup. Game-time is set for 7 pm.