Van de Loo's Hat Trick Powers JHU to Second Round of NCAAs
BALTIMORE, MD –
• Score: Johns Hopkins-3, Western Connecticut St-1
• Records: JHU (16-2-2), Western Connecticut St. (15-6-2)
• Location: Baltimore, MD Homewood Field
• The Short Story: Senior Meg Van de Loo scored three goals to power the Johns Hopkins women’s soccer team to a 3-1 win over Western Connecticut St. in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament Saturday evening at Homewood Field.
How it Happened
• Hopkins grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when junior Bailey Monaco got a step on her defender along the wing and worked her way to goal line, where she slipped a quick pass to Van de Loo, who one-timed a shot just past Western Connecticut St. goalie Serena Gunter from seven yards out.
• Western Connecticut’s best scoring chance in the first half came in the 33rd minute when Autumn Sorice played a nice ball to Bailey Julian on the outside; Julian took it in stride and fired a shot that was just wide of the far post and the game went to the half with JHU leading 1-0.
• Monaco set up Van de Loo’s second goal in the 69th minute as she got a step on her defender and was taken down eight yards from the goal to draw a penalty kick. Van de Loo stepped in and beat and Gunter with a low shot to the left corner to give the Blue Jays a two-goal lead.
• The two-goal lead held for less than four minutes before Van de Loo completed her hat track with some nifty footwork. Taking a pass in the box, Van de Loo side-stepped a defender and then worked her way back to the middle before ripping a shot to the far corner.
• Sorice was dangerous throughout the game for the Colonials and finally got put one home in the 79th minute. Pressuring the Blue Jay defense 25 yards from the goal, she intercepted a clearing pass and went in alone on Blue Jay goalie Clara Aranguren, who came off her line to cut down the angle but Sorice poked it past her to account for the final goal of the game. The goal was the 25th of the season for Sorice.
Inside the Box Score
• Van de Loo scored a goal for the 15th straight match, increasing her season total to a career-high 23 goals. Her 15-game goal-scoring streak is the third longest in Division III women’s soccer history and is the longest by a Division III player since 2002. Her 23 goals this season are one shy of the JHU single-season record.
• Van de Loo’s hat trick is the third in NCAA Tournament play for a Johns Hopkins women’s soccer player. She joins Sydney Teng (vs. Lancaster Bible-2012) and Paulina Goodman (vs. Springfield-2011) on JHU’s NCAA Tournament hat trick list.
• JHU held advantages in shots (21-7) and corner kicks (5-3).
What it Means
• Johns Hopkins improved 21-12-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 16-1 at home.
• Johns Hopkins won its third straight game by an identical 3-1 score.
• Johns Hopkins advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will host the winner of the first round game between Rowan and Christopher Newport on Sunday, November 13 at 5 pm.
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