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Hopkins loses, 1-0, in NCAA women's soccer semifinal

Hannah Kronick
(James T VanRensselaer)

Colleges

The Johns Hopkins women's soccer team had plenty of chances, but the goals didn't come, and the Blue Jays fell to the Williams College Ephs, 1-0, in the NCAA Division III semifinal Friday night at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo.

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Hopkins ends its season with a 19-4-2 record, and the senior class will graduate with a 79-12-4 record.

Perhaps the best chance for Hopkins came on a shot by Hannah Kronick from the top-left portion of the 18-yard box 23 minutes into play. The shot hit the crossbar and the Jays could not knock the rebound into the back of the net.

Hopkins had chances early but was unable to make them count. Early in the first half Ana Bengoechea got past her defender but was unable to corral a through ball, resulting in a goal kick for the Ephs. Minutes later a cross by Hope Lundberg sailed over the head of the intended Bailey Monaco, rolling out of play.

After intermission, the Jays really pushed the pace and attacked hard. Coming right out of the half, Alaina Arthur sent a ball down the right sideline but it was too far for Bailey Monaco. Moments later, Monaco's pass to Kronick in the middle of the box was flicked away by an Ephs defender.

Kronick had another crack at the goal, as she took a shot from the top of the box that was saved by Ephs goalkeeper Hannah Van Wetter.

On the other end, Clara Aranguren made a fabulous save to keep the score at 1-0. Coming out near the penalty spot, an off balance Aranguren reached out with her right leg to stop a shot by Thomas.

The Blue Jays had another golden opportunity in the 72nd minute as Kronick took a cross in front of the goal from Thea Harvey-Brown and headed it right on goal, but Van Wetter was there to stop the All-American's potential equalizer.

Williams dominated the first 10 minutes of the first half, as its speed and quickness in the attacking half proved troublesome for the Blue Jays.

The relentless early attack was punctuated in the 10th minute as Thomas took a shot from the right side of the goal and placed it into the opposite corner, on an extreme angle, past the outstretched arm of Aranguren.

Wrestling: Despite wins from No. 7 Geoffrey Alexander (133 pounds) and No. 13 Shyheim Brown (141), visiting Maryland (4-4, 0-2 Big Ten) fell, 26-9, to No. 11 Pittsburgh (4-2) on Friday night.

Indoor track and field: The Navy men were picked as the Patriot League preseason favorites in a preseason poll. ...The Johns Hopkins men and women were voted preseason favorites in the Centennial Conference.

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