Swarthmore is Sweet!

Swarthmore celebrates its trip to the NCAA Sweet 16
Swarthmore celebrates its trip to the NCAA Sweet 16

SWARTHMORE, Pa.—Shortly after the first minute ticked off the clock in Sunday's NCAA Tournament second round game, No. 12 Swarthmore College Women's Soccer asserted that it was in command. Senior forward Marin McCoy netted the opening goal one minute and 13 seconds into Sunday's game with the Virginia Wesleyan University Marlins, setting the tone early for the Garnet who went on to win 3-0.

With the victory, Swarthmore advances to the third round of the NCAA Tournament which will be played next Saturday against Middlebury College at a to-be-determined site.

McCoy would record the brace after scoring again in the second half for her league-leading 14th goal this season.

Junior forward Maddy Carens tallied the other Garnet goal, giving her her third goal of the season.

Swarthmore's defense shone, limiting the Marlins to just five total shots and only one on goal. Senior goalkeeper Amy Shmoys earned the win in net. She didn't face that shot on goal until the 90th minute and then fielded it cleanly.

Swarthmore's offense on the other hand was potent. The Garnet needled away at the Marlins with 21 total shots and 13 on goal.

McCoy led everyone with five shots, four on goal, and center back Eleonore Moser posted four attempts on set pieces, including an attempt that dinged the crossbar from 40 yards out in the 26th minute.

Swarthmore's first goal of the match was set up following a tackle by Moser on the backline on Virginia Wesleyan's initial possession. Moser's clear found Maddy Carens who found Lizzie King at midfield. King turned and sent a textbook through ball from midfield towards McCoy who darted up the left side and met the ball in stride from 25 yards out. McCoy dribbled into the box, froze the Marlins' keeper and slipped in a left-footed shot near side for the score.

With the 1-0 lead, the Garnet kept the pressure on and earned four corner kicks in the first half. In the 33rd minute, Brittany Weiderhold struck a corner kick from the right side that sailed in to the six, past the reach of the keeper and found the head of Carens who tipped it in for the score.

In the second half, Swarthmore put the nail in the coffin for the Marlins' season. Another pass from King at midfield found McCoy on a run on the left side. McCoy collected the pass, broke down her defender and ripped a left-footed shot from just inside the 18 that sailed into the upper left corner of the net.

Up 3-0, the Garnet were able to comfortably play all of their eligible field players without the level of intensity diminishing.

Swarthmore now prepares to face No. 3 Middlebury College on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament's round of 16. The location of that contest will be announced on Monday.

The Basics 
• Score: Johns Hopkins – 0, Misericordia- 1
• Records: JHU (18-3) • Misericordia (17-2-1)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Homewood Field
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women's soccer team's season came to an end as the Blue Jays dropped a tough 1-0 match against No. 10 Misericordia on Sunday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

How it Happened
• It was a defensive battle in the first half as neither team was able to produce much on the offensive side of the ball. JHU put up three shots in the first 45 minutes with one shot on goal while the Hopkins defense held the Cougars to just one first half shot.
• The pace picked up in the second half as Hopkins took three consecutive shots in a minute span, however, all of the shots went wide of the net.
• Madison Carlo put up the first Misericordia shot on goal at 66:20 but her attempt was turned away by Robyn Lipschultz.
• Emily Maheras had an excellent scoring chance at 71:05, however, her shot was turned away by Alexis Benedetto and the game remained scoreless.
• The Blue Jays had another chance on a free kick from Maggie Coulson but here shot was saved by Benedetto.
• In what was the best chance for either team in the game up to that point,  Carlo put a shot over Lipschultz that just hit the top of the crossbar and stayed out of the net at 77:48. Carlo had another chance later in the half but Lipschultz denied her the goal.
• In the final minutes of the second half, Misericordia broke the scoreless tie as Kaylee Sturans lifted the ball to Kendall Pearage who settled the ball with the outside of her foot and lifted it over the outstretched hands of Lipschultz for the goal at 88:53.
• JHU was unable to get a shot off in the game's final minute as the Cougars took the 1-0 victory and advanced to the Sweet 16.

What it Means
Hopkins is now 26-14-3 in the NCAA Tournament and is 21-2 at home and 9-2-1 in second round games.
• The Blue Jays last home loss in the NCAA Tournament came in 2009 when they fell in the Elite Eight to Messiah by a 3-1 score.
• This was the first meeting between the two teams in the NCAA Tournament. The two teams have now met 10 times overall with the Blue Jays now holding an 8-2 overall record. JHU had won the last seven meetings.
• The 18 wins by Johns Hopkins is the most in a season since 2014 when JHU won 19 games.

Inside the Box Score
• The Blue Jays out shot the Cougars 12-7 and both teams put three shots on goal in the game.
• Both goaltenders made three saves in the match as Benedetto is now 17-2-1 and Lipschultz finishes the season with a 13-3 record.