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Ephs come back to beat Blue Jays in NCAAs

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Ana Bengoechea scored in the 16th minute to give the Johns Hopkins women’s soccer team an early lead in their NCAA Tournament game at Williams College in Williamstown, Ma, but the Blue Jays would be held out of the goal the rest of the way and couldn’t get a response to two Ephs goals as their season-ended with a 2-1 loss in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Blue Jays missed on a great opportunity in the 10th minute when Kristen Hori just missed the top corner of the goal with a hard rip, but six minutes later the Blue Jays early pressure got them a score. Bailey Monaco brought the ball up to the end line on the right side and sent a left-footed cross to the near post. There she found Bengoechea, who beat her defender and put the ball past Williams goalkie Olivia Barnhil.

But the lead wouldn’t hold up. The Ephs would score an equalizer in the 39th minute. Kristina Alvarado took a pass from Kristi Krishe while running in stride. She got one-on-one against JHU goalkeeper Clara Aranguren and put the ball past her into an open net.

In the 63rd minute the Ephs went ahead by taking advantage of a failed Blue Jays clear. Evan Gancedo intercepted a clearing pass and played the ball to Audrey Thomas through the JHU defense. Thomas the sent the ball across the front of the goal for Sarah Scire, who tapped it inside the goal for what would prove to be the game-winner.

Johns Hopkins was unable to sore again against the unbeaten Ephs, which extended their home unbeaten streak to 56-straight games.

Aranguren made five saves for Johns Hopkins.

JHU finishes their season with a 17-3-2 record and an eighth appearance in the round of 16 in the past nine years.

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