By Jack Poleto
WC men’s soccer was knocked out of the Centennial Conference playoffs on Friday, Nov. 5, by the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, resulting in their second loss of the season.
Three weeks prior, the Shoremen played against the Blue Jays at home and were handed their first loss with a score of 0-2. The team won the remainder of their games in the regular season and were ranked first overall in the Centennial Conference Playoffs.
Johns Hopkins beat Swarthmore College on Tuesday, Oct. 31, by a score of 4-0 to advance to semifinals against the Shoremen.
In the second game against the Blue Jays, the opposing team fired three shots on goal, two of which went in.
The first goal came in the twelfth minute as a Blue Jay attacker scored unassisted in the top right corner of the Shoremen’s net. Johns Hopkins scored again in the second half during the fourty-sixth minute.
Throughout the game, WC posted 12 shots, seven of which came from the team in the second half, while Johns Hopkins posted just five shots total. Senior midfielder Ben Strine recorded three of those 12.
The Shoremen will play their next game against Otterbein University at host institution Kenyon College on Nov. 11 in the first round of the National Collegiate Athletics Association Division III Playoffs, a seven-and-a-half-hour drive for the Shoremen.
WC made the tournament because of their prestigious record throughout the regular season, finishing at 11-1-5 and ranking with one of the best defenses in the nation. Other Centennial Conference neighbors that made the tournament are the Blue Jays and the Franklin and Marshall Diplomats.
Photo Caption: Senior forward Ben Strine advances the ball against the College of New Jersey.
Photo courtesy of WC Athletics.