SALISBURY, Md. – The battle of the two top-10 teams in Maryland went in favor of the fourth-ranked Salisbury University field hockey team as the Sea Gulls got a late goal to take down the eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
Final Score: No. 4 Salisbury 2, No. 8 Johns Hopkins 1
Record: Salisbury (7-0) | Johns Hopkins (4-2)
Location: Salisbury, Md. – Sea Gull Stadium
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Salisbury got the scoring going in 2:30 minutes into the game. Camryn Dennis fed a penalty corner to the top of the arc to Arielle Johnston, who rifled a shot through the Johns Hopkins defense and past the goalkeeper.
- Both defenses battled back-and-forth for the rest of the first half and a majority of the third quarter, including a pair of saves by Salisbury's Dom Farrace and Johns Hopkins' Kaitlin Hall.
- After Johns Hopkins won a penalty corner in the 39th minute, Abby Birk slid a pass over to Sarah Matyas on the corner. Matyas popped a shot over everyone and into the back of the cage to nod the game at one.
- Another defensive struggle until the waning moments of the game when Salisbury was able to get a penalty corner in the 58th minute.
- Dennis sent a ball to the top of the arc to Johnston. Johnston blasted a pass in front of the cage to Meghan Jolikko, who pushed a pass under a diving Hall and Dennis shot into the empty net to give Salisbury the 2-1 lead.
- Johns Hopkins was able to get a penalty corner with nine seconds left in regulation but the Salisbury defense buckled down and sealed the victory.
- Salisbury outshot Johns Hopkins, 12-8.
- Both teams notched seven penalty corners.
- Camryn Dennis tallied a goal and an assist.
- Arielle Johnston netted her fourth goal of the season while Meghan Jolikko registered her fourth assist of 2019.
- Sarah Matyas had a goal for Johns Hopkins.
- Dom Farrace saved two shots while Kaitlin Hall had five saves for Johns Hopkins.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Dennis continued her scoring streak to three games.
- Johnston extended her points streak to three games.
- It's Salisbury's second win over a top-10 team of the 2019 season.