BALTIMORE -- Down to the final five minutes of double overtime with a berth to the round of 16 on the line, Johns Hopkins was looking for a saving grace. Once again junior Hannah Kronick answered the call, scoring on a left-footed shot in the 106th minute to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 victory against York (Pa.). Both teams challeneged with scoring chances throughout regulation, but it was Kronick who broke the tie to push Hopkins into the next round.
“So much relief in getting this victory,” Kronick said. “It was pretty unfortunate we had to go to overtime, but I think it was a test of character for us. I think we really prevailed through it and to come up that big at the end of overtime was a great feeling. It showed how hard we worked all game to finally get that in the end.”
Despite an initial slow start, the Blue Jays began producing chances, the first of which came from senior Christina Convey. She had taken a shot that hit off the post in the 15th minute, but was quickly collected by York goalie Melanie Glessner. Minutes later, Kronick produced her first shot of the game with the left foot, but Glessner was there again for the stop.
In the second half, the Jays held a 10-8 shot advantage but could not produce the elusive first goal. The team’s best chance came in the 84th minute, as Kronick ripped a shot from the left side of the 18-yard box that hit the top of the post. York was pressuring heavily in the closing minutes of regulation, but JHU held off any last-second opportunities to force overtime.
To set up the final play of overtime, Fuller took a ball down the left side after receiving a pass from sophomore Maryalice McKenna with space. Fuller played into the middle of the box where senior Kelly Baker was waiting. Baker took two touches before sending Kronick down the left side, which she collected and shot to an open left side of the net.
“It was funny," Kronick said, "right before the second overtime, [assistant coach Tim Wittman] said to me, ‘You’re going to score a goal; you’re going to do it. The ball is going to come to you at your feet you’re going to turn and finish,’ and that’s exactly what I did. Kelly played me a great ball and I literally just turned, touched a few times and hit it lefty. Somehow it beat [the goalie] to the post.”
Hopkins now advances to the NCAA sectional final round next weekend at a site yet to be determined. JHU has now advanced to the round of 16 for the sixth consecutive season, and will face Williams (14-3-2) in its next match.