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Four second half goals power JHU past Bullets

Freshman Maggie Coulson scored her third goal of the season against Gettysburg.

Freshman Maggie Coulson scored her third goal of the season against Gettysburg.

With as much pressure as the No. 16 Johns Hopkins women’s soccer team had in the first half it was quite amazing that Gettysburg held them scoreless in the first half, but by the end of the game the scoreline looked as it should have been with the Blue Jays earning a 4-0 victory over the Bullets on Saturday afternoon to improve to 8-1 in Centennial play and 13-2-2.

The Blue Jays out-shot Gettysburg 21-5 and started to get openings they needed in the second half as four different players scored goals.

Despite out-shooting the Bullets 12-2 in the first half, Gettysburg goalkeeper Kiera Loftus made seven first half saves to preserve the shutout at the break, but not even three minutes into the second half Hallie Horvath got a ball past her for the first goal of the game.

The goal was Horvath’s first of her career, set up by Meg Van de loo with a pass from center. Horvath took one touch and put the ball in the left corner. And once the seal was broken the Blue Jays poured it on the Bullets.

Just five minutes later Sophie Murphy passed the ball back to Maggie Coulson in the box and Coulson toed the ball into the upper right corner to double the Blue Jays lead. Then in the 70th minute, Bailey Monaco dribbled the ball up the right flank to the endline, passed it to Carly Lupton-Smith before she ran out of real estate and Lupton-Smith netted scored her first career goal with a shot straight down the middle.

But not to be left out of the action, JHU’s star forward Van de loo scored her 14th goal of the year in the 78th minute to extend her scoring streak to 12-straight games after spinning around her defender in the middle of the field and scoring on the low shot past Loftus.

With a defense by offense, the Blue Jays were able to keep possession away from Gettysburg. Clara Aranguren started the game in goal and made four saves in nearly 80 minutes. Bess Kitzmiller came in for the final 10:28 and was not face with a shot as Johns Hopkins completed earned their seventh shutout of the season and fourth in five games.

The Blue Jays clinched the No. 2 seed in the Centennial Conference Tournament with the victory and will travel to McDaniel to for the tournament. The Blue Jays will play third-seeded Swarthmore in the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 5 with the winner advancing to the finals the next day.

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