Nov. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Johns Hopkins

SALISBURY, Md. - The Johns Hopkins men's soccer team got a pair of second-half goals to defeat Misericordia, 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday morning at Salisbury University. The win is the fourth straight for the Blue Jays as they improve to 16-3-2. The Cougars, making their second straight tournament appearance, end their season at 12-5-3.

Hopkins nearly got on the board in the 18th minute when junior Evan Kleinberg (South Orange, NJ/Columbia) fired a shot to the far post from the left corner of the six-yard box. The ball beat Cougars' goalie Andrew Lloyd, but defender Chris Hummel was there to clear the ball away. Junior Scott Bukoski (Sagamore, MA/Bourne) had a chance in the 47th minute but his shot hit the crossbar and ricocheted out of danger.

The Blue Jays finally broke through in the 52nd minute after a Misericordia defender fouled junior Kevin Hueber (High Bridge, NJ/Voorhees) about 20 yards from goal. Bukoski struck the free kick, sending a low, hard shot around the left side of the wall and just inside the left post. The goal was his team-leading 15th of the season and 44th of his career, tying him with Peter Quin '97 for fifth in program history. It was also his 99th career point, leaving him just one shy of becoming the fifth player in program history to reach the 100-career point mark. Freshman Brandon Sumpio (Woodbridge, CT/The Hopkins School) scored an insurance goal in the 80th minute, pushing Hopkins' lead to 2-0. Sumpio snuck the ball around a Cougar defender on the left touchline and buried a shot to the far side of the goal for his second of the season.

Senior goalie Ravi Gill (Morganville, NJ/Marlboro) finished with two saves in posting his 11th shutout of the season and 12th of his career. The 12 career shutouts ties him with Charles Huang '99 for sixth all-time. Lloyd made four saves in the loss for the Cougars.

It is the third straight year that Blue Jays have posted a shutout in the first round. Hopkins will play in the NCAA Second Round for the fifth consecutive time and will meet the winner of the Salisbury-Virginia Wesleyan game on Sunday at 1:00 pm at Salisbury.