Nov. 20, 2010

BALTIMORE, MD -

Courtesy of Johns Hopkins Athletics

A pair of header goals just over three minutes apart lifted the 22nd-ranked Johns Hopkins women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over 18th-ranked TCNJ on Wednesday night at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays improve to 12-3 on the year, while the Lions fall to 12-2-1.

The Blue Jays came out firing early on, controlling possession of the ball and keeping the ball on TCNJ's half for most of the first 15 minutes. Hopkins recorded eight of its 11 first half shots and all three of its first half corner kicks in the first 15:21 of the game. Junior Erica Suter created JHU's most dangerous opportunity in the early stages. Suter collected the ball on the left side of the box after her initial shot was blocked by a TCNJ defender and ripped a shot that was punched wide by TCNJ freshman goalkeeper Kendra Griffith.

The Lions had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 21st minute when sophomore Toni DeMaio received a cross from the right side and found herself wide open in the center of the box about 12 yards from goal. DeMaio drilled a shot towards the left side of the goal, but Blue Jay sophomore goalkeeper Meredith Maguire came out to cut off the angle and thwarted the attempt with an acrobatic kick save that sent the ball wide.

Hopkins struck pay dirt in the 44th minute when senior Jessica Hnatiuk sent a free kick into the box, where sophomore Dana Stone was waiting and skimmed a header past Griffith to the right side of the goal to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The goal was the first of Stone's career, while Hnatiuk recorded her third assist of the season.

Just over a minute into the second half, Hopkins pushed its lead to 2-0 on another header goal, this time by senior Sarah Gieszl. Senior Erin Stafford delivered a beautiful corner kick to the far post that found the head of Gieszl, who headed home her second career goal to give JHU the two goal advantage.

With just over a minute to play TCNJ had perhaps its best opportunity to get on the board. Sophomore Brenna Rubino positioned herself just outside the six-yard box and headed a cross from the left side towards the back of the net, but freshman Kylie Fuller was in the perfect spot on the goal line and headed the ball wide to preserve the JHU shutout.

The Blue Jays outshot the Lions (18-14) and also had more corner kicks (8-2). Maguire recorded two saves in the first half for Hopkins, while junior Kristen Redsun played the second half between the pipes and tallied three saves to keep TCNJ scoreless. Griffith totaled seven saves in the loss for TCNJ.

Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, November 23 at Bryn Mawr. Game time for the Centennial Conference matchup is set for 1 pm.