Mid-Atlantic Review, Week 10
By D3soccer.com Contributor
The selections are in. Automatic Qualifiers earned it this weekend and the At-Large Bids had to wait it out. Some feel snubbed, others hope to be Cinderella. Let’s take a look back at last week’s conference playoff action and let you know which Mid-Atlantic teams are in and where they’re headed.
Johns Hopkins (17-2-0 / 10-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 3 / MA Region No. 1
The new No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic Region Hopkins scored two first half goals to oust Dickinson (11-4-4 / 5-2-3) from the Centennial Conference playoffs in their semifinal matchup Saturday afternoon in Baltimore. Freshman Rachel Jackson and graduate student Michelle Santangelo scored goals just over a minute of each other to take a 2-0 lead. The Red Devils scored a late first half goal to get back in the game, but sophomore Mizuho Obayashi added an insurance goal early in the second half to thwart any attempts at a comeback. The Blue Jay defense contained any and all Red Devil attacks for the remainder of the contest. Hopkins outshot Dickinson 16-4 (11-2 SOG) and led in corners 12-1. The Blue Jays moved on to the championship game against Swarthmore Sunday afternoon, hosting the Garnet on Homewood Field.
The Blue Jays fell 5-1 Sunday in their Centennial Conference championship game against Swarthmore (15-2-2 / 7-1-2). The Blue Jays couldn’t contain the aggressive offense of the Garnet and surrendered two first half goals and three in the second. This is the second straight year that Hopkins has won the Centennial regular season title and fallen in the championship game to the Garnet, losing out on the automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays were outshot by the Garnet 11-15 (8-10 SOG), while corners were tied at three each. Sophomore midfielder Jesse Cole scored her first goal of the year, the sixth goal of the day that only served as a spoiler to the Swarthmore shutout. Hopkins suffered several injuries to key players who can hopefully recover in time for the national tournament.
Despite the loss, Hopkins will still host this upcoming weekend, facing the Cavaliers of