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Van de Loo hat trick gives JHU NCAA win

Meg Van de Loo's hat trick got her within one goal of the JHU single-season record.

Meg Van de Loo’s hat trick got her within one goal of the JHU single-season record.

Stars step up on the biggest stages and in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament, Johns Hopkins star striker Meg Van de Loo did just that with a hat trick to lead the Blue Jays to a 3-1 victory over Western Connecticut State.

Van de Loo’s first goal came in just the 11th minute when Bailey Monaco used her blazing speed down the flank and worked the ball to the endline. From there she slipped a quick pass to Van de Loo, who one-timed a shot past Colonials goalkeeper Serena Gunter.

Johns Hopkins dominated possession in the first half and out-shot Western Connecticut State 11-3, but Gunter did have seven saves in the game to keep things close through the first half.

But JHU pulled away in the second half. In the 70th Monaco again used her speed to lead to a goal. She got a step on her defender and was taken down eight yards from the goal in the box to draw a penalty kick. Van de Loo took the goal and beat Gunter with a low shot into the left corner.

Getting the third goal has at times this season been difficult for the Blue Jays this year, but just under three minutes later Van de Loo completed her hat trick. She dribbled into the box, moved the ball over to her left foot and shot it into the left side of the goal to really put the game away.

The Blue Jays were unable to keep the shutout, however. Western Connecticut State’s dangerous threat Autumn Sorice broke through and scored her 25th goal of the season when she stole the ball from the JHU in her attacking half and finished to the right.

Clara Aranguren finished the game with two saves.

Van de Loo increased her scoring streak to 15-straight games, the third longest in the history of Division III women’s soccer and longest since 2002. She is one goal shy of the JHU single-season record for goals with now 23 on the season.

The Blue Jays advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they will host Christopher Newport at 5 pm on Sunday.

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