Sept. 5, 2009

Courtesy of Johns Hopkins

BALTIMORE, MD - The sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins women's soccer team opened its season with a 1-0 win over eighth-ranked Washington University in the first game of the JHU Invitational Saturday. It is the Blue Jays first win over a top-10 ranked opponent since September 2, 2006 when JHU blanked #5 Oneonta, 1-0. The Blue Jays open their season with a win for the fifth straight season, while the Bears drop to 0-2-0 on the young season.

Junior Allie Zazzali (Scotch Plains, NJ/Scotch-Plains Fanwood) looked to have a good chance in the 54th minute, but a pair of Bears defenders converged on her and the midfielder was fouled in the penalty box. Senior Natalie Held (Potomac, MD/Churchill) stepped to the line and calmly fired the ball to Clara Jaques left to give Hopkins a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Colleen Quinlan (Sykesville, MD/Marriots Ridge) nearly gave the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead in the 64th minute. Junior Sara Tankard (Clarksville, MD/River Hill) fired a shot on Jacques, who got her hand on the ball. But it deflected out to Quinlan, who headed into an apparent empty goal, but Bears' defender Alyssa Marulli stepped in and cleared it off the line.

Senior Karen Guszkowski (Sayreville, NJ/Cardinal McCarrick) finished with five saves to post her 23rd career shutout. Jacques finished with four saves in 71:21 of action. While Katy Southworth came on in relief and made one save.

Hopkins returns to action on Sunday in the final game of the JHU Invitational to take on fourth-ranked William Smith. Game time at Homewood Field is slated for 3:30 pm.