Elm Staff Writer
For the first time in 21 meetings, history did not repeat itself for the Shorewomen of the soccer team. On Saturday Sept. 28 Washington College made history, with a double overtime scoreless tie against #5 John Hopkins University.
This is the first time in program history that the Shorewomen have not lost against a nationally-ranked opponent, and the first time they have not lost to the Blue Jays.
Earlier in the week, WC took on Byrn Mawr College with the win coming with just seven seconds left in overtime.
The sophomores ruled the Bryn Mawr contest.
Sophomore Noah Smith had a save eight minutes into the contest that kept BMC off the scoreboard. Smith had another save in the 77th minute to again keep the shut out.
Sophomore Brianna Parise had a shot on goal but it was kept out of the net by their goaltender.
Finally, sophomore Bess Mascone had a free kick from the top of the penalty area at 99:53 to seal the win for the Shorewomen.
Mascone was the only one to score on either side of the field, while Smith had four saves on the contest.
The Shorewomen improve to 4-3-1 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.
Head Coach Reilly weighed in on when to start discussing a tough opponent coming up.
“We are only focusing on each game as it comes, so we haven’t spent any time discussing Hopkins or Swat,” Reilly said. “In the lead up to those games we will try to figure out any weaknesses to exploit while making it hard for them to do the things they normally like to do within a game. We will prepare for each of them when the time comes but have been urging our players to play hard in practice to help each other to deal with real game intensity.”
Going into the game on Saturday, Sept. 28, no one had expected the outcome. In the past 20 meetings with the Blue Jays, JHU has won every time, and not just by a small margin- as a program, JHU has outscored the Shorewomen 99-3 in those 20 contests.
The only shot of the entire night for the Shorewomen came in the minute 13 of the contest, on a right footed shot from senior Cayla Marcinko.
Junior Annalie Buscarino, who was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewoman Player of the Game, made eight saves.
One came with 27:59 to go, when she was able to dive on a ball mere inches from crossing the goal line.
The team was awarded a team save when a corner kick was cleared from the goal line with the help of Freshman Katie Brennan.
JHU entered the contest scoring at least once against the last 68 conference opponents they have faced. The last time they were shut out was in 2012, when they lost to Muhlenberg College with a 2-0 final score.
“We are really proud of their continued development as a group. We are not a finished product and hope to learn and improve as the season progresses,” Reilly said. “[This] represents a big step forward in competing for the full 90 minutes, fully understanding and implementing a game plan, and showing the drive and passion necessary to be successful.”