Penn State Berks Athletics

09/18/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/18/2019 20:50

Women's soccer comes up short against No. 6 Johns Hopkins

READING, PA - The Penn State Berks women's soccer team battled for 90 minutes, but had a couple of scoring opportunities fall short in a 4-2 setback to No. 6 ranked Johns Hopkins University in a non-conference tilt on Wednesday evening.

The Nittany Lions (2-5) fell behind 2-0 after Emily Maheras headed in goals off of set pieces in the 20th and 26th minutes.

Following a Blue Jays (6-1-1) at the 26:19 mark, drove a free kick off the cross bar that tapped into the open net to make it a 2-1 score.

JHU was able to extend its lead to 3-1 near the end of the first half when Jenny Zwerling scored off a free kick from just outside the box.

In the second half, the Blue Jays tacked on a goal in the 48th minute when Riley O'Toole dribbled deep into the Berks territory and had a shot deflect into net off the keeper's hands.

Berks would battle back to 4-2 with the Jardine-Schoener connection again coming through after the Blue Jays were whistled for a yellow card. Jardine drove a free kick from around midfield in front of the box. Schoener crouched down and used the back of her head to put the shot up and over the keeper in the 52nd minute.

Schoener created a couple of scoring opportunities after her second tally. In the 68th minute, the sophomore midfielder deflected a pass by the JHU keeper, collected the ball and took a few touches before getting off a shot that hit off the crossbar of the open net. Schoener again stole a pass from the keeper in the 76th minute and put a shot on the open net, however Caitlin Hendricks retreated back in time to make a leaping save.

Nice ball movement from and Schoener gave an open look on goal, but the freshman had her shot sail just wide of target at the 88:10 mark.

finished the contest with seven saves and recorded a defensive stop. Hendricks finished with five saves in goal for the Blue Jays.

In the span of seven days, the Nittany Lions have gone up against the No. 2 (Messiah College), No. 6 (Johns Hopkins University), and No. 16 (Swarthmore College) ranked teams from the most recent United Soccer Coaches poll.

The Nittany Lions will travel to Penn State Abington for a NEAC contest on Saturday, September 21 at 3 p.m.