Blue Jays Avenge Loss to Capture CC Title
(Carlisle, Pa.) - The Dickinson College women's soccer team advanced to the Centennial Conference final for the third straight year, facing Johns Hopkins for the third time as well. The Blue Jays struck twice in the first half and added another goal late to capture a sixth straight conference title with a 3-0 win. The Blue Jays were able to avenge a 1-0, regular season loss to the Red Devils back in September.
The Red Devils, ranked 11th in the latest NSCAA National poll, suffered their first loss since September 22nd against #1-ranked Messiah College. The Devils rattled off a school record 12 straight wins before Sunday. Dickinson slips to 15-3-1 overall while the 14th-ranked Blue Jays improve to 16-3-1.
The Devils had some great chances to strike early, but a shot off the crossbar and some strong play from Hopkins goaltender Meredith Maguire kept Dickinson off the board. The Blue Jays capitalized with a pair of goals midway through the first half and maintained the lead throughout the contest.
Pamela Vranis finished a loose ball in front of the net in the 18th minute and Paulina Goodman slid into the corner of the goal with the ball on a pass from Erin Stafford just five minutes later to put Hopkins in front 2-0.
Despite some quality chances on both ends, the score held until the 86th minute when Allie Zazzali put the ball in following a scramble in front of the Red Devil goal to stretch the lead to 3-0.
The Devils held a 15-12 shot advantage in the first half, but were held to just three after the break. The Blue Jays tallied 10 shots in the second half and held an 8-6 edge in corner kicks.
Sophomore goaltender Annie Weichert (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) turned in a truly outstanding performance in the game, making some brilliant saves in the second half. She finished with 13 saves on the afternoon.
The Red Devils slip to 15-3-1 overall and will wait for a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.