Drew Tops Johns Hopkins, 3-1, at Fall Festival
MADISON, NJ – Dylan Hammer scored the eventual game-winner in the 43rd minute, breaking a 1-1 tie, as host Drew defeated Johns Hopkins, 3-1, in the final game of the Drew Fall Festival. The Blue Jays slip to 0-1-1 on the young season, while the Rangers earn their first win and improve to 1-1-0.
Drew struck early, taking a 1-0 lead in just the third minute Ricardo Castro sent a Ranger corner kick into the box, where Eduardo Moran headed it home at 3:01. The Blue Jays answered just over three minutes on a similar play to tie the score at one apiece. Sophomore Nigel Joseph took a Hopkins corner, sending the ball onto the head of junior Kotaro Mitsuhashi, who headed it past Michael Reyes to knot the score in the seventh minute.
The back-and-forth action continued, but it took nearly 36 minutes before either team would cash in. Hammer would do so at 42:11, finishing a 40-yard cross from Kevin Boraz with his left foot, slipping his shot inside the left post to put Drew up 2-1. Less than two minutes into the second half, the Rangers would net an insurance goal to go up 3-1. Matthew Gragnano crossed the ball to Joseph Cereste, who finished it with his left foot at 46:54.
Junior Nick Cerrone finished with five saves in the loss while Reyes made six to earn the win. Drew had a 15-13 advantage in shots, while Hopkins had a 5-4 edge in corners. The Rangers earn their first win over the Blue Jays since 2002, snapping a three-game winless streak. Hopkins is now 3-3-3 all-time against Drew.
Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, September 7 as the Blue Jays host the New Jersey City Gothic Knights. Game time at Homewood Field is set for 5:00 pm.