Hopkins Falls in PKs to Swarthmore in CC Finals
• Score: Johns Hopkins 2, Swarthmore 2 (Swarthmore wins in PKs 3-1)
• Records: Johns Hopkins (15-2-3) Swarthmore (14-3-2)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Goldfarb Gym • The Short Story: 110 minutes was not enough to decide the Centennial Conference Tournament Championship as top seed Johns Hopkins and second seed Swarthmore headed to penalty kicks tied at two to decide the championship. In PKs, the Garnet would come out on top, 3-1.
How it Happened
• Bess Kitzmiller came out of the net early to stop a Marin McCoy scoring chance.
• In the tenth minute, Kyla Persky made a diving play to take the ball away from McCoy and keep the game scoreless.
• The Garnet broke the scoreless tie as McCoy dribbled along the end line and sent a quick pass to Seneca Kinn-Gurzo who put the ball past Kitzmiller in the far post at 14:18.
• McCoy, who finished the regular season as the Centennial Conference leader in goals, points and assists, put Swarthmore up 2-0 as Hannah Lichtenstein sent a cross to the top of the box which McCoy took and fired a low shot pass Kitzmiller at 26:51.
• Down 2-0 heading into the half, Hopkins, the defending tournament champions, began their comeback. Hallie Horvath took a free kick which went off the post, and Thea Harvey-Brown was right there for the rebound that she put into the corner of the net at 57:53.
• Almost four minutes later, Hopkins tied the match as Emily Maheras made an incredible spin move in traffic to the top of the box, turned and fired a shot high to the near post to tie the game at two at 61:54.
• Riley O’Toole had a great opportunity to win the game for Hopkins in the 85th minute, however, her header went just wide and the teams headed to overtime tied at two.
• Early in the first overtime, Michelle Santangelo had a great scoring opportunity but her shot went wide of the net, and the two teams went to the second overtime still tied at two.
• Once again Santangelo had an early chance to win the game for Hopkins, but she was unable to convert, and the game went to penalty kicks.
• In penalty kicks, Swarthmore opened up the scoring as Sydney Covitz got the ball past a diving Kitzmiller.
• Bailey Monaco converted on her kick to tie the teams at 1-1, but Maddy Carens scored on her opportunity to put the Garnet up 2-1.
• A shot by Maheras went wide and Katie Dougherty scored to put the Garnet up 3-1. Horvath would step up and Sommer Denison, who came in for Amy Shmoys in net for the shootout, made a diving save on her shot to keep Swarthmore in the lead.
• Yasmeen Namazine’s shot was saved by a diving Kitzmiller and Cristina Madalo stepped up for the PK attempt. Her shot, however, would not find the back of the net and the Garnet would win the championship in PKs, 3-1.
What it Means
• Hopkins is now 24-3-6 in the tournament and moves to 3-3-0 in penalty kicks.
• In the championship games, JHU is now 10-3-3.
• As a one seed, the Blue Jays are now 10-1-3.
Inside the Box Score
• Hopkins outshot the Garnet 25-8 and had ten shots on net compared to Swarthmore’s’ four.
• Both teams took two corner kicks in the match.
• Shmoys made eight saves in net while Kitzmiller made two.
• The Blue Jays will wait to see if they receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when the brackets are announced on Monday, November 6 at 12:30 pm.