Marching On to the Next Round

Swarthmore defeated St. Joseph's, 5-1
Swarthmore defeated St. Joseph's, 5-1

SWARTHMORE, Pa. -- No. 12-ranked Swarthmore College Women's Soccer beat St. Joseph's College of Maine 5-1 on Saturday afternoon and advanced to the NCAA Tournament round of 32 for the fourth year in a row.

The Garnet (16-2-2) will play Virginia Wesleyan University (12-4-4) on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Clothier Field. There were 609 individuals in the crowd at Clothier Field to see Swarthmore take on the Monks (16-4) on Saturday.

Swarthmore is one of nine Division III teams to win an NCAA Tournament game each of the last four seasons.

Sophomore forward Grace Taylor got the Garnet on the board early, scoring her third goal of the season just 5:07 into the game. Junior Maddy Carens sent the ball to the middle of the box from the far right side of the field, a Monk defender played the ball off her elbow and Taylor tapped it in from six yards out. Carens' assist was the first of her career.

Forward Lizzie King, another sophomore, scored the game's second goal 1:43 after the first. Senior Marin McCoytried to play a cross into the net and whiffed. She regained possession of the ball and passed it between the goalkeeper's legs to a tightly guarded King who scored from the center of the six.

St. Joseph's scored its only goal on a hard strike from two yards outside the left part of the 18 to make the score 2-1 in the 31st minute.

Junior midfielder Sydney Covitz scored Swarthmore's third goal on a penalty kick in the 34th minute. It was her seventh of the season. Sophomore forward Sophia Stills set up the PK by drawing a foul on the goalkeeper just inside the top of the 18 during a breakaway.

Stills got herself a goal with 31 seconds remaining in the first half. Freshman defender Ally Scheve played the ball through a few Monk defenders, leaving Stills one-on-one with the goalie for her fifth score of the season. Stills had a bad angle on the left side of the goal but shot it short side past the goalie through a window that the ball barely fit through. It was 4-1 Garnet at half.

The Garnet only scored one more goal despite taking 15 of their 37 shots in the second half. Once again it came off the foot of King, and the pass came from McCoy. Taylor also picked up her second assist of the season on the play that ended with a grounded shot by King just inside the center of the 18 for her seventh goal this season. McCoy now has seven assists this season and 35 career assists, one shy of tying the Centennial Conference's all-time record.

Swarthmore has now scored five goals in three straight games. This is the second time in program history the Garnet have scored at least five goals in three straight games. The last time was in 2015 when they shutout three straight opponents by scoring 11, five and five goals on Sept. 16, 19 and 21.


The Basics 
• Score: Johns Hopkins – 3, Cabrini - 1
• Records: JHU (18-2) • Cabrini (10-6-1)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Homewood Field
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women's soccer advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 3-1 victory over Cabrini.

How it Happened
• JHU looked to take an early 1-0 lead but shots from Carly Lupton-Smith and Maddy Rocks were blocked by Ally Wojton.
• Michelle Santangelo broke the scoreless tie as Kristen Hori sent a pass to Santangelo, who tapped the ball into the net at 18:49.
• The Blue Jays increased their lead to two goals as Lupton-Smith sent a pass to Rocks,  whose shot from outside the box sailed over the outstretched hands of Cavalier keeper Ashley Tutzauer at 26:51.
• Cabrini got on the board at 53:59 as Katelyn Gilinger sent a ball over to Alex Garces near the top of the box and she floated a shot past Robyn Lipschultz to make it a one-goal game.
• Emily Maheras put Hopkins back up by two with her goal at 70:26. Maheras collected a Lupton-Smith pass at the top of the box and placed the shot past Tutzauer for the 3-1 lead and the Blue Jays held on to advance to the second round.

What it Means
• 
Hopkins is now 26-13-3 in the NCAA Tournament and improves to 21-1 at home and 11-4-1 in opening-round games.
• JHU advances to the second round for the second straight season and 10th time in the last 11 years.
• The Blue Jays are now 2-0 against Cabrini in the NCAA Tournament. The two teams have never faced each other in the regular season. 

Inside the Box Score
• Lipschultz made two saves to improve to 13-2 on the year while Tutzauer made 14 saves for Cabrini.
• Santangelo now has a team-leading 13 goals and 29 points while Lupton-Smith is tied for the team lead with five assists.
• The Blue Jays outshot the Cavaliers 35-5 in the game.

Up Next
• JHU will play Misericordia tomorrow at 6 pm at Homewood Field.