Nov. 14, 2010

Courtesy of Johns Hopkins Athletics

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Senior co-captain Kevin Hueber bent a beautiful free kick inside the upper right 90 in the 102nd minute to lift Johns Hopkins to a 2-1 win over host and fourth-ranked Christopher Newport Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Hopkins improves to 15-3-4 overall and hands Christopher Newport (20-2-1) its first loss at home since November 23, 2008 - a streak of 23 straight games. The Blue Jays advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third straight year and the ninth time in program history.

Junior Sean Duggan put the Blue Jays on the board first with his first of the season in the 28th minute. A Captains' foul on senior Evan Kleinberg set up a Hopkins free kick just outside the left corner of the box. Junior Sean Coleman took the free kick, playing a ball to the near post, where Duggan flicked it inside the left corner to make it 1-0 Hopkins.

Christopher Newport answered in the 64th minute to tie the match at 1-1. Sean Moriarty touched the ball down the right side to Danny Franklin. Franklin cut inside the box and lofted a shot over the outstretched hands of senior Ravi Gill putting the teams back at even. Neither team was able to find the go-ahead goal in regulation and for the fourth straight NCAA game, Hopkins would need overtime to decide a winner.

A pair of saves from Gill on Newport's Brian Lybert in the first overtime kept the games scoreless and forced a second overtime. In the 102nd minute, Hueber played a ball over the Captains' defense on the left side that sprung Kleinberg. Kleinberg got a step on his defender but was taken down right at the edge of the box, setting up Hueber's free kick. The goal was Hueber's third of the season and his first career game-winning goal.

Gill finished with six saves in the goal to earn the win for the Blue Jays, while Justin Wolfe also had six saves in the loss. The shots were even at 12-12, while Hopkins held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Hopkins is now 6-4-5 in overtime in the NCAA Tournament and has played in overtime in eight of its last 10 NCAA games. The Blue Jays will face the winner of Sunday's Ohio Wesleyan-Kenyon match next weekend in the Sweet 16. Details will be available on the Blue Jays' Sweet 16 appearance will be available on Monday.