No. 18 Hopkins Hands No. 10 Salisbury Its First Loss With 1-0 Win
Sept. 24, 2009
SALISBURY, MD - Sophomore Sean Duggan (Morristown, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) scored in the 80th minute and the Johns Hopkins defense held off a late Salisbury push as the Blue Jays stunned the previously unbeaten Sea Gulls, 1-0, Wednesday afternoon at SU Soccer Complex. Hopkins, ranked 18th by D3soccer.com, improves to 7-2-0 on the season, while Salisbury slips to 7-1-0. The Sea Gulls, ranked 10th by the NSCAA and 2nd by D3soccer.com, are the highest ranked opponent the Blue Jays have beaten since shutting out sixth-ranked Montclair State, 1-0, on September 10, 2003.
Salisbury controlled play early, with two dangerous chances in the first 10 minutes, but senior goalie Ravi Gill (Morganville, NJ/Marlboro) was there with a pair of key saves. The play was back-and-forth from there as both teams had some good chances. The Blue Jays nearly broke through in the 75th minute, nearly capitalizing on some nice one-touch passing. Junior Chris Wilson (Bel Air, MD/John Carroll) collected a pass near the right corner of the six-yard box, but his just went high.
Hopkins finally got on the board in the 80th minute off the foot of Duggan, with his first career goal. Senior John Scheuch (Ridgewood, NJ/Delbarton School) played a long ball to the far side of the Sea Gulls' box from the right touchline. The ball deflected off a defender back across to Duggan, who fired a low, hard shot just inside the right post.
The Sea Gulls, who were averaging 5.28 goals per game coming into the contest, weren't going away easily. Salisbury stepped up the pressure in the closing minutes and nearly got the equalizer in the 86th minute. Benjamin Reed played the ball into the Hopkins box off an SU corner and Casey Rector rifled a shot at the goal, but Gill came up with a kick save and the Blue Jay defense cleared the ball. That would be the Sea Gulls last serious threat.
Gill finished with four saves in earning his fifth career shutout, and fourth this season. SU's Greg Wellinghoff posted three saves in the loss. It is Hopkins first win over Salisbury since November 11, 2000 and the first during the regular season since October 11, 1997. The loss is Salisbury's first at home since October 4, 2008, snapping a streak of six consecutive home wins.
Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, September 26 as Haverford College visits Homewood Field. The Centennial Conference contest is slated to begin at 7:00 pm.