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Van de loo’s goal puts JHU past F&M

Meg Van de loo scored the lone goal of the game in the 70th minute to lift the Blue Jays past the Diplomats.

Meg Van de loo scored the lone goal of the game in the 70th minute to lift the Blue Jays past the Diplomats.

When you see a team out-shoot an opponent 19-1 and hold a 10-0 cornerkick advantage, you’d expect at least three goals out of the victors. On Wednesday night the Johns Hopkins women’s soccer team did not quite have that much success, but still walked away with a 1-0 victory over Centennial Conference rival Franklin & Marshall.

It was star forward Meg Van de loo who came up with the winning goal in the 70th minute of the game. Alyssa Morgan made a throw to the top of the box and Van de loo took over from there. She slid past her defender to create some space and shot it into the low corner to give the Blue Jays the score they needed.

But while that would be the only goal they would have, it was a dominant performance from the Blue Jays. Diplomats goalkeeper Nicole Savidge was peppered with shots the entire game and came up with eight saves to keep the game as close as it was. Blue Jays goalkeeper Bess Kitzmiller saved the only shot she was face with, coming in the 75th minute by Isabella Raspa. That was Franklin & Marshall’s only shot of the game.

The Blue Jays did not take long getting their offense going. In the second minute they drew a foul to earn a free kick. Anna Bengoechea took a direct attempt at the goal, but Savidge made the save. They had two more shots in the first 11 minutes of the game.

Savidge made two saves in the final five minutes of the first half to keep it a scoreless draw at the break. Out of the break, JHU earned a corner inside two minutes, but the ensuing shot by Kristen Hori went wide. In the 52nd minute they got another corner kick, but Van de loo’s header was high.

But while the Blue Jays did not produce too many goals it did keep them unbeaten through five conference games as they improved their winning streak to seven-straight games and unbeaten streak to eight games. JHU will put that on the line on Saturday when they travel to conference foe Ursinus in Collegeville, PA. They will then play at Shenandoah before hosting Haverford Oct. 15 in another conference clash.

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