(Carlisle, Pa.) - #12/10 ranked Johns Hopkins University capitalized on a pair of free kicks to capture the 2019 Centennial Conference Women's Soccer Championship, holding on for a 2-0 win over top-seed Dickinson on Sunday afternoon.
The #2-seed Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead as Tournament MVP Emily Mahares converted a penalty kick in the 24th minute.
Hopkins was awarded another free kick at the top of the penalty area in the 35th minute and Maggie Coulson hit a well-placed drive into the corner of the net to stretch the margin to 2-0.
The Red Devils created a great opportunity to pull even off a corner in the 34th minute. Senior Addy Zandi (West Chester, Pa./B Reed Henderson) served a beautiful ball to the six-yard line that was saved by Hopkins' goalkeeper Caitlin Hendricks.
Meg Tate (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) collected the rebound and hit a shot that was blocked, creating a scramble on the goal line. The Red Devils forced another corner and hit a shot that looked to be a hand ball on the goal line. That rebound led to another loose ball but possession was awarded to the Blue Jays.
The second half was very similar with teams trading possessions and moving up and down field. Dickinson kept producing chances but was unable to find the back of the net. They put together a strong chance in the 80th minute, using another corner to produce a flurry of shots.
The setback marks the first loss by the Red Devils since a 1-0 decision at #1-ranked Messiah back on October 2.
Hendricks finished with six saves and the Blue Jay defense cleared a ball off the goal line as well as they improve to 14-2-4 overall.
Sophomore Carli Boyer (Silver Spring, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) finished with five saves as the Red Devils move to 14-2-4 on the season. This marks just the second time this season the Red Devils have allowed more than one goal in a match.
The Red Devils, ranked #11 and 12 in the major polls and second in the region, have a solid resume' and will now look for an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament, announced on Monday.