Hopkins hands Washington 1st conference loss in men’s soccer

CHESTERTOWN – Johns Hopkins, the preseason pick to capture the 2023 Centennial Conference crown, clinched a playoff berth Wednesday night with its 2-0 victory in Chestertown.

Already assured of a CC tournament slot, Washington’s men absorbed their first loss after opening the season with nine wins and five ties. They are 5-1-1 in the conference.

Hopkins (9-3-3, 4-2-1 CC) scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 21st minute when junior Ian Whamond struck the back of Anthony Pinto’s net from inside the penalty area.

It was Whamond’s first goal of the season.

The scoring sequence started when senior Logan Falzarano intercepted Washington’s attempt to clear the ball out of its defensive third.

Falzarano touched the ball to classmate Francis Meyer, who switched fields to sophomore Will Andrus. After carrying the ball to the end line, and drawing a pair of defenders, Andrus then slipped a pass through the box to Whamond, who volleyed a right-footed shot inside the right post.

The Shoremen nearly got the equalizer just three minutes later, but Harrison Malone’s flicked effort skimmed off the crossbar and was cleared out.

Graduate student Griffin Meyer (University of Denver) scored his team-leading 12th goal in the 75th minute for insurance. Whamond earned the assist.

Falzarano passed up field to Griffin Meyer, who touched the ball wide to Whamond and made a run into the box. Whamond dribbled in and hit Meyer in the middle of the box, and he beat Pinto (7-1-4) to the back post.

The Blue Jays took 12 shots with three on target, and forced six corners.

Washington (9-1-5) had eight shots, all in the first half, with two on target.

Hopkins senior Drew Valsamedis (5-3) posted his second shutout of the season.

NEXT UP: In Centennial Conference action on Saturday, Johns Hopkins will host Haverford, while Washington will travel to Muhlenberg.

Washington has one more match after that: the regular-season finale at home 7 p.m. Oct. 28 against Franklin & Marshall.

 

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