Red Devils Fall in NCAA Third Round

Ally Diaz dribbles upfield against Johns Hopkins in the NCAA third round
Photo by Kevin Colton

(Geneva, N.Y.) – The #11/15-ranked Dickinson women's soccer team suffered a 2-0 setback to #12/9 Johns Hopkins in the Third Round of the NCAA Division III National Championship at William Smith College on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils put some early pressure on the Blue Jays, forcing a corner and putting a dangerous serve in front of the goal.

Both teams put together some quality builds in the opening minutes and sophomore Carli Boyer (Silver Spring, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) came way off her line to make a strong play at the top of the area.

The Blue Jays were content to shoot from all over the field but didn't have a number of strong chances. They did get a couple later, attacking on a counter off the Devils' second corner as Boyer swallowed up a pair of shots.

Meg Tate (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) fired a hard shot on a dangerous ball from Addy Zandi (West Chester, Pa./B Reed Henderson) but Caitlin Hendrix was able to make the save.

Boyer countered on the other end, punching the ball out to turn away another chance for Hopkins. The Blue Jays drew a free kick just outside the 18 and had a chance but the shot went wide of the post.

Hopkins would find the net with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half as Riley O'Toole put away a rebound from Abigail Gerdes after a quick counter by the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays kept the pressure on in the final minutes of the half. Boyer made another big play, pulling a cross out of the air in traffic in the final minute.

Hopkins kept coming in the opening minutes of the second half. Boyer came up big with a couple of nice saves as the Blue Jays forced three corners in a quick span at the 36-minute mark.

Hopkins caught a break with 23 minutes to play, earning a penalty kick and stretching lead to 2-0.

Dickinson immediately looked to counter, working into the area on the ensuing kick-off, ending with Ally Diez (Rockville Center, N.Y./South Side) hitting a shot just wide of the post and into the side of the net.

Tate chased a ball down on the end line and fed a great cross to Keira Shoup (Prince Frederick, Md./Calverton School) forcing a big save from Hendrix.

Boyer made an epic save as Rachel Jackson broke away for a one-on-one, coming out and taking the ball away with a great challenge. The Devils had a nice counter and then drew a free kick about 30 yards out, but a header went wide of the net.

Kyra Thomas (Watertown, Conn./The Taft School) hit a rocket into the hands of Hendrix and Rachel Lazris (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) put a great shot on net that Hendrix had to tip over the crossbar to give the Red Devils a corner.

Dickinson kept attacking until the final whistle and did create some dangerous opportunities, but Hopkins would hold on to advance to the 'Elite Eight' on Sunday against host William Smith.

The Blue Jays held a 22-9 advantage in shots, but Dickinson put eight on goal while Hopkins had 12 on target. Hendrix finished with eight saves for Hopkins while Boyer made 10 for the Red Devils.

Dickinson matched the school record with 16 wins, finishing 16-3-4 on the season. All three losses came to nationally ranked teams, including #1-ranked Messiah and the Blue Jays twice. The Red Devils tied Hopkins, 2-2, in the regular season match in Baltimore.