Ramadane's Golden Goal Gives Johns Hopkins 2-1 win over Neumann
BALTIMORE, MD – Freshman Samy Ramadane's first career goal was a golden one as he scored in the 93rd minute to lift host Johns Hopkins to a 2-1 win over Neumann in non-conference men's soccer action Wednesday night. The Blue Jays improve to 5-6-1 with their third straight win while the Knights have their four-game win streak snapped as they fall to 7-3-2.
The Blue Jays came out of the locker room firing and capitalized off a Knights' miscue in the fourth minute to get on the board. Goalie Alex Lacko played a short ball to his defender off a goal kick, but sophomore Kenny DeStefano came crashing in and stole the ball. He slid the ball under Lacko, but it hit the post. DeStefano followed up his shot and calmly buried the rebound at 3:23 for his third of the season.
The Knights answered however in the 25th minute, tying the game at one apiece. Vince Cortese took a long throw in from the left touchline into the Blue Jay box. With his back to the goal, Dan Chrashewsky flicked the ball to Mike Atallian, who volleyed a low shot inside the left post to knot the score. Hopkins had a chance in the 82nd minute to take the lead when freshman Matt Williams took a shot from near the right end line towards the Knights' goal with Lacko out of position. But Brooks Skyers stepped in and cleared the ball of the line to keep the score even.
Ramadane would end it in the 93rd minute with his first career goal. Junior Kotaro Mitsuhashi got things going with a dangerous cross into the Knights' box, but it was cleared away. Sophomore Ian Heinrich stepped up and fired a shot that deflected off the foot of sophomore Josh Hong towards the goal. A Neumann defender stepped in and cleared the ball away from Lacko. The ball went right to Ramadane who was able to finish it and send his teammates rushing onto the field.
Freshman Matt Paris finished with one save in earning the win while Lacko made seven in the loss. Hopkins outshot Neumann, 18-5, and had four corners to one for the Knights.
Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, October 12 as Franklin & Marshall visits Homewood Field. The Centennial Conference match-up is slated for a 12:00 pm start.