Seahawks Fall to Johns Hopkins in Ranked Matchup

Patrick Paolini '20 | Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Patrick Paolini '20 | Photo Credit: Bill Wood

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's soccer team (6-1-1) hosted the visiting Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays (6-2) in a nationally ranked matchup Wednesday (Sept. 25) night at Jamie L. Roberts Stadium. The Blue Jays prevailed 2-1 over the Seahawks. St. Mary's College headed into tonight's contest as the No. 21 ranked team in the D3Soccer.com Top 25, while Johns Hopkins came in as the No. 10 ranked team in the D3Soccer.com Top 25 and the No. 9 ranked team in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25.

St. Mary's College - 1, Johns Hopkins - 2

How It Happened

  • The Blue Jays struck first in a highly competitive match at Jamie L. Roberts Stadium. Johns Hopkins pulled ahead 1-0 in the 12th minute and held onto their slim lead heading into halftime. The Blue Jays held the slight advantage in shots in the first half, edging St. Mary's College 10-9.

  • Johns Hopkins started the second half strong with a goal in the 52nd minute to take a two score lead over the Seahawks. With a little over 25 minutes to play, the Seahawks picked up their intensity and became aggressive on the attacking end. Their aggressiveness eventually paid off in the 78th minute when Khalid Balogun beat the opposing keeper off a header. Jacob Breslauer was credited with the assist, thanks to a well-placed ball from a corner. 

  • St. Mary's College continued to attack on the offensive end and created a couple of great looks on cage, but couldn't convert on their opportunities.

Inside the Box Score

  • As mentioned, Balogun tallied the Seahawks lone goal and now has a team-best 12 goals and 27 points. In goal, Patrick Paolini played for the entirety of the game and collected six saves. 

  • As a team, the Seahawks were edged in shots (18-17), but held the advantage in corner kicks (6-4). 

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Sept. 28 at Mary Washington | 3:30 PM | Mary Washington Grass Stadium

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