Goal In Final Minutes Sends Haverford Past No. 9 Johns Hopkins
Oct. 3, 2009
HAVERFORD, PA - Bridget Gibbons scored with just 3:40 remaining in the game as Haverford stunned ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins, 3-2, Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference action. The Blue Jays lose just their second game of the season, falling to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in the Centennial Conference. The Fords snap a two-game losing streak and even their record at 4-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play. The loss to Haverford is just the fourth all-time in the series and the first since 1998 for Hopkins.
The Fords got on the board early, capitalizing on a penalty corner. Mary Hobbs took the corner for Haverford, sending the ball out to Juliana Morgan-Trostle. She stopped the ball for Roxanne Jaffe, who scored just 4:10 for her fifth of the season. It took nearly 24 minutes for the Blue Jays to get on the board, but once they did, they got a pair in just 61 seconds. Junior Jenn Motylinski (Medford, NJ/Shawnee) knotted the score at 1-1 with her fifth of the season off a pass from senior Brittany Bland (Littleton, CO/Colorado Academy) at 23:58. Just one minute and one second later, senior Andrea Vandersall (Hampton, NH/Winnacunnet) scored unassisted to give Hopkins a 2-1 lead.
The lead lasted less than three minutes as Hobbs added a goal to her earlier assist to tie the game again, at 2-2. She collected a loose ball and raced down the field, scoring from the right of the goal at 27:56. That would be all the scoring for nearly 40 minutes as play moved up and down the field. Gibbons provided the heroics for Haverford, scoring unassisted after back-to-back saves by senior Sophia Tieu (Cupertino, CA/Cupertino) at 66:20. Hopkins had a chance late, earning a penalty corner with just four seconds on the clock, but the Blue Jays were unable to get a shot off.
Tieu finished with three saves in the loss for Hopkins, while Maggie Cronin made seven stops to earn the win for Haverford. Shots were even at 10-10 for the game, while the Fords had a slight advantage in penalty corners (10-8). It is just the second time this season that the Blue Jays have allowed more than one goal in a game.
Vandersall's goal was the 25th of her career, pushing her into 10th place in school history. She also now ranks 11th in JHU history with 65 career points.
Hopkins returns to action on Tuesday, October 6 as the Blue Jays travel to Ewing, NJ to take on The College of New Jersey. The non-conference contest is slated to begin at 7:30 pm.