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Roundup: Johns Hopkins suffers first loss

No. 1 Wheaton (Ill.) 1, Chicago 1, 2OT

CHICAGO -- Despite an advantage in shots and possession, a strong individual effort was able to balance the playing field and stymied the Thunder attack on Wednesday afternoon. Chicago's Jacinda Reid made 18 saves to help nullify a 27-9 shot advantage for Wheaton (Ill.) as the teams played to a 1-1 draw. Five of Reid's saves came in the two overtime periods including a diving stop in the final seconds of the first overtime. Wheaton is now 11-0-1 on the season while the Maroons are 7-2-2.

The Maroons landed the first blow early on in the match on an unassisted goal from Micaela Harms at the 6:58 mark to put Chicago up 1-0. Wheaton started to turn the field immediately after the goal and outshot the Maroons 12-1 for the remainder of the half but could not find the back of the net with Reid making nine saves, allowing Chicago to hold a 1-0 halftime lead. Mary Daghfal made seven saves in the match and allowed just the one goal.

Wheaton continued to dominate the possession but it wasn't until the later parts of the game where the Thunder started to overwhelm the Chicago backline. Coming off the bench, Anna Seabolt provided the spark for the Thunder with a low shot to the left corner of the net that beat Reid to the score at 1-1 at the 67:59 mark. Wheaton had several good chances in the final ten minutes of the half but all were turned aside.

In the first overtime, it was the Maroons that found the first threatening opportunity when the ball skipped free on a centering pass through the middle of the box. Chicago was unable to get on the receiving end of the pass and ball rolled harmlessly through the box. Wheaton was awarded a free kick just outside the top of the box in the final minute of the first overtime but the shot by Annie Wooldridge sailed high. In the final seconds, Leah DeMoss was denied on a diving save by Reid to send the game to a second overtime period.

The Thunder almost found the game-winner in the 102nd minute but a diving save by Reid denied Sydney Sharkey and Reid then somehow was able to block Seabolt's rebound attempt wide to force a corner kick. That would be the only true threat of the second overtime as the teams settled for a 1-1 draw.

No. 13 TCNJ 2, No. 2 Johns Hopkins 1, 2OT

EWING, N.J. -- Freshman Christine Levering scored the biggest goal of her young college soccer career as she netted the game-winning 13 seconds into the second overtime to lift the Lions to a 2-1 victory against Johns Hopkins on Wednesday.

The 13th-ranked Lions improved to 11-1 on the season, while the Blue Jays fell from the ranks of the undefeated, dropping to 10-1.

TCNJ had the opening kick-off in the second overtime and the Lions put a long shot into the Blue Jay half of the field that a defender wasn't able to control. Levering quickly gained control of the ball and ripped a shot from 20 yards out that found its way into the upper corner of the net for the victory. That goal was her team-leading eighth of the season, with half of those being game winners.

The Lions also had the better of the chances in the first overtime with senior Katie Lindacher getting the best one. The forward cut in from the near side and unleashed a rising shot that Blue Jay keeper Kelly Leddy tipped off the cross bar.

TCNJ used an early second-half goal to erase a 1-0 deficit with junior Korrie Harkins getting that goal. It came when Leigh Applestein sent a shot in from the near wing that Heddy made the initial save, but Harkins was there to clean up the rebound for her first goal of the season.

The game was scoreless for nearly 44 minutes in the first half with TCNJ's defense coming up with two stellar plays. The first came when senior defender Lauren Giles swooped in along the goal line and knocked out a sure goal by Blue Jay forward Kelly Baker with 31:10 left in the period. Baker was denied again three minutes later when TCNJ keeper Kendra Griffith made a diving save on a hard shot.

Johns Hopkins did break through with a goal with only 1:08 left before the break as Katie McEneaney pushed a pass through to forward Hannah Kronick, who sent a shot into the lower corner of the net for a 1-0 lead. That goal was her 54th career goal as she is now one shy of the Johns Hopkins' record for career goals.

Griffith finished with five saves, while Heddy collected nine.

No. 3 Washington (Mo.) 3, Fontbonne 0

ST. LOUIS -- Senior midfielder Becky Berels scored a goal and had two assists to lead No. 3 Washington (Mo.) to a 3-0 win against Fontbonne on Wednesday night at Francis Field in St. Louis.

Berels, who scored her fourth game-winning goal of her career, has four goals and a University Athletic Association-best eight assists. She is now tied for second on the team with 16 points.

Despite outshooting Fontbonne 12-0 in the first half, Washington managed to find the net just once in the opening 45 minutes of play. The Bears had control of the ball for most of the first half, and did not allow a shot on goal.

At the 16:59 mark in the first half, senior Rachel Ing played a ball into the box that Fontbonne goalkeeper Meggin Werner misplayed and Berels knocked into an open net. The assist for Ing was the first of the season.

Fontbonne nearly tied it in the 53rd minute after freshman goalkeeper Lizzy Crist was out of the net and nearly got burnt but the shot by Erica Kaiping was wide right.

Berels set up Washington’s second goal in the 55th minute, as she sent a corner kick into the box that was headed in by senior Lauren Steimle. Sophomore Sam Ezratty was also credited with an assist after she headed the initial cross from Berels to Steimle for the goal.

Senior Jessica Johnson added the insurance goal for Washington in the 63rd minute after she took a cross from Berels and headed into the far corner to make it 3-0. The goal for Johnson was her fourth of the season and 18th of her career.

Crist, who made her first career start and picked up the win in goal, played 71 minutes and faced just one shot. Freshman goalkeeper Nina Gerson saw action in the final 19 minutes and made one save.

Washington outshot Fontbonne 27-3 and had a 13-0 advantage in corner kicks. Merner made eight saves for Fontbonne, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

No. 9 Montclair State 4, Eastern 0

MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Montclair State established a program record for consecutive victories as the No. 9 Red Hawks scored three times in the first half en route to a 4-0 win against Eastern at MSU Soccer Park on Wednesday evening.

Freshman Erin Sullivan, juniors Kaila Fasano and Melanie Greco and senior Jessica Kiniery each netted a goal as the Red Hawks improved to 12-0 on the year. MSU picked up their first win in three tries against the Eagles as the two met for the first time since 2008.

Sophomore goalkeeper Elayna Simpson had nine saves for the Eagles (2-8-1) who dropped their third consecutive contest.

Montclair, off to the best start in program history, surpassed the record for longest winning streak set in 2000 when the Red Hawks won 11 in a row en route to capturing the ECAC Metro Championship.

Montclair State, which leads Division III in goals against average and shutout percentage, picked up its 11th shutout of the season. The Red Hawks held the Eagles without a shot in game, the second consecutive game and fourth time this season that MSU, which has allowed 53 shots in 2013, has held its opponent without a shot in a game.

With the defense clamping down on Eastern the only goal Montclair would need came from Sullivan, who scored for the second consecutive game. Fasano played a ball from the left wing into the box where Sullivan finished off the pass for her fourth of the year at the 11:29 mark.

Fasano would get one of her own a little more than three minutes later as she put back her own rebound after Simpson had stopped the first attempt.

Kiniery gave Montclair a 3-0 lead with 10:28 to play in the opening period with her team-leading seventh goal. The Red Hawks took that lead into the break and scored once more in the second on Greco's sixth of the year with 6:10 to play.

Junior goalkeeper Gina Policastro (East Brunswick, NJ, East Brunswick) earned her eighth shutout of the season.

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