Johns Hopkins, #18 Haverford Battle to 1-1 Draw
BALTIMORE, MD – Host Johns Hopkins was nine minutes away from upsetting 18th-ranked Haverford before the Fords scored a goal in the 82nd minute to tie the game. The Blue Jays and the Fords battled through the remaining minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime to settle for a 1-1 draw. Hopkins ends the regular season with a 7-7-3 overall record and a 4-3-2 mark in the Centennial Conference. Haverford meanwhile, is now 11-4-2 overall and 5-2-2 in the conference.
With the tie, Hopkins earns the fifth seed in next week's Centennial Conference Tournament. Haverford, which picked up a point in the standings, clinched the top seed and right to host the final four with Swarthmore's loss at Franklin & Marshall. Hopkins will travel to Dickinson on Wednesday, November 6 for a first round match-up with the Red Devils. Game time will be announced on Monday, November 4.
Sophomore Kenny DeStefano put the finishing touches on a nice hustle play by classmate Nigel Joseph to put the Blue Jays ahead, 1-0, in the 39th minute. Joseph stole the ball from a defender deep in the Fords' own end. He dribbled towards the right end line before crossing the ball into the box. From about six yards out, DeStefano one-timed the pass inside the left post for his team-leading fifth goal of the season.
Haverford was able to get the equalizer with just 8:37 to go in the game and eventually force overtime. From the right end line, Colin Seitz lofted the ball into the middle of the Blue Jay box. Tejan Walcott settled the ball with his chest and then volleyed a shot just under the crossbar to make it a 1-1 game.
Both teams had chances in the remaining minutes of regulation and overtime, but neither was able to score the game-winner. Hopkins outshot Haverford, 17-13, while corners were even at five apiece. Making his first start since suffering an injury on September 14, junior Nick Cerrone made seven saves for the Blue Jays. His counterpart, Sam Miller also made seven saves for the Fords.