No. 8 TCNJ women knock off top-ranked Johns Hopkins
By Jim Naprstek, D3sports.com
|Carthage sophomore Rachel
Post scores the winner against Augustana.
Larry Radloff, d3photography.com
At the top of the rankings, Johns Hopkins suffered its first defeat of the year at the hands of No. 8 TCNJ. The Blue Jays got on the board first in the 44’ on a goal from the feet of junior Hannah Kronick, her 11th of the season. Less than ten game minutes later, TCNJ would find an equalizer, scoring in the 52’ on a goal from junior Korrie Harkins. The two teams would remain level for the remainder of the 90, but in the 101’, freshman Christine Levering scored her eighth goal of the season to complete the upset for the Lions.
In non-conference play, No. 2 Wheaton was pushed to the edge by the University of Chicago, playing to a 1-1 draw in a historic regional rivalry. The Maroons put the Thunder on their heels, scoring in the 7’ to take the lead - Micaela Harms booted a shot from the top of the box and sent it just inside the right post. The single goal margin would hold until the 68’, when junior Anna Seabolt equalized with a shot from the top of the box. But Wheaton could not another ball past junior goalkeeper Jacinda Reid, who recorded a career best 18 saves, several of which were of highlight-reel quality. With the 1-1 draw, Wheaton moves to 11-0-1, while Chicago moves to 7-2-2.
The Bears of Washington University continued their dominance in 2013, blanking Fontbonne 3-nil. Senior Becky Berels footed her shot past the diving Meggin Werner in the 17’ for the first goal of the match. Berels would finish with four points on the night, assisting on goals in the 55’ and 63’.
No. 6 Montclair State won their 12th straight on Wednesday, defeating Eastern University, 4-0. After 15 minutes of play, the Red Hawks were up 2-nil on goals from freshman Erin Sullivan and junior Kaila Fasano. Montclair State would add a third goal before the end of the half, scored by senior Jessica Kiniery. The fourth and final tally came in the 84’, scored by junior Melanie Greco.
At No. 10, Lynchburg cruised to a 7-nil win over Guilford. Seven different goal-scorers found their way onto the scoresheet, with senior Jessie Gonzalez, freshman Marina Clark, and sophomore Mary Beier also adding assists.
The Owls of Keene State continued their success on the pitch with a 3-1 victory over Worcester State, 3-1. Senior Kristen Huckins netted the game-winner in the 47’ and an insurance goal in the 81’.
The No. 13 Rowan Profs made their way past Wilkes with a 1-nil victory, while the No. 15 Duhawks of Loras College sailed past St. Mary’s (Minn.) with a 6-3 victory.
Illinois Wesleyan finished at a draw with No. 18 UW-Whitewater, 3-3. The Titans jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the opening 45, but it would not last as the Warhawks added two goals in the second to force the draw. Freshman Skyler Tomko scored twice and senior Tillie Bill added three assists for Illinois Wesleyan. For the Warhawks, freshman Brianna Reid finished with a goal and an assist.
In the CCIW, No. 23 Augustana fell to an unranked but surging Carthage program, 1-0. After 86 minutes of scoreless soccer, sophomore Rachel Post found her way to the back post in the 87’ where she tapped in the game-winner. The loss drops Augustana to 8-2-2 overall, while Carthage improves to 8-2-0.