Williams Tops Johns Hopkins, 2-1, in NCAA Round of 16
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA –
• Score: Wiliams-2, Johns Hopkins-1
• Records: Wiliams (18-0-2), Johns Hopkins (17-3-2)
• Location: Williamstown, MA • Cole Field
• The Short Story: Host and third-ranked Williams erased an early 1-0 deficit to overcome 12th-ranked Johns Hopkins in the round of 16 of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament by a score of 2-1. The Ephs advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals, where they will face Messiah, a 3-0 winner over Middlebury in the other sectional semifinal at Williams on Saturday.
How it Happened
• Johns Hopkins had the better of play early, pushing for chances on the outside against the Eph defense. The Blue Jays had a golden opportunity in the 10th minute when Kristen Hori’s laser that appeared ticketed for the top corner zipped just off frame to keep the game scoreless.
• The early pressure paid off in the 16th minute when Bailey Monaco got to the end line on the right side before zipping a left-footed cross to the near post. Senior Ana Bengoechea beat her defender to the ball and one-timed a shot past Williams goalie Olivia Barnhil to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
• The one-goal lead held for more than 22 minutes until Williams knotted things in the 39th minute. Kristina Alvarado made a great run and took a pass in stride from Kristi Krishe. She went in one-on-one with Hopkins goalie Clara Aranguren and slotted one past her into an open net for the equalizer.
• Williams capitalized on a failed clear by the Blue Jays and turned that into what proved to be the game-winner in the 63rd minute. Evan Gancedo intercepted the clearing attempt and played Audrey Thomas through the Blue Jay defense. Thomas slipped a pass across the mouth of the goal and onto the foot of Sarah Scire, who tapped it inside the post to make it 2-1. That lead held for the final 27 minutes and Williams had extended its unbeaten streak at home to 56 matches.
Inside the Box Score
• Williams held a 16-10 advantage in shots and corners were even at 4-4.
• Aranguren made five saves in goal for the Blue Jays, while Barnhill wasn’t forced to make any despite several good scoring chances for the Blue Jays.
What it Means
• Johns Hopkins finishes the season at 17-3-2 and made its eighth appearance in the round of 16 in the last nine years.
• The 17 wins this season mark the 10th time in the last 16 seasons that Johns Hopkins has won 17 or more games.
• Williams grabs a 2-1 series advantage against Johns Hopkins in what is quickly becoming a featured match in the NCAA Tournament. All three games between the teams have come in the NCAA Tournament and each has been decided by one goal. JHU topped the Ephs, 2-1, in overtime in the round of 16 in 2013, while Williams scored a 1-0 victory against the Blue Jays in the 2014 NCAA Semifinals.