Release courtesy of Penn State Berks Athletics
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Penn State Berks women's soccer team will take on No. 12 ranked Johns Hopkins University in the opening round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament on Saturday, November 16 at 5 p.m. The other first-round match at that site will be played at 7:30 p.m. between Christopher Newport University and Worcester State University.
The Nittany Lions will be making their seventh straight trip to the NCAA Tournament after defeating Penn State Harrisburg, 5-0, in the NEAC title game on Sunday afternoon. JEYDA DURAN, who scored a goal in the championship match, was named the NEAC Tournament MVP. Berks has won 10 straight games - all by shutout - and has a 15-6 overall record, while going 11-0 in the NEAC this season.
Berks and Johns Hopkins faced each other on September 18 in Reading, Pa., with the Blue Jays earning a 4-2 victory. Emily Maheras tallied a pair of goals in the first half of that contest, but Alexis Schoener cut the lead in half with a score in the 27th minute. Jenny Zwerling made it a 3-1 score with a tally in the 34th minute. Riley O'Toole scored a goal just over 2:30 into the second half, but Schoener headed home a free kick by Megan Jardine in the 52nd minute to make it a 4-2 score. Leslie Estrada finished with seven saves for Berks, while Caitlin Hendricks made five stops for JHU.
The Blue Jays won the Centennial Conference tournament after defeating No. 11 ranked Dickinson College, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon. Maheras opened the scoring with a successful penalty kick in the 24th minute and Maggie Coulson scored off a free kick in the 35th minute. Hendricks finished with six saves as the Blue Jays won their 12th Centennial title. JHU sports a 14-2-4 overall record and went 6-1-3 in the Centennial.
Christopher Newport, the No. 7 team in the country, earned an at-large bid after falling 1-0 to the University of Mary Washington in the Capital Athletic Conference semifinal round. The Captains are 15-2-3 on the year and were 8-1-1 in the CAC this season.
Worcester State received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after beating Bridgewater State University, 1-0, in the MASCAC Championship game. The Lancers, who have won five straight, are 11-7-2 overall and went 5-1-1 in the MASCAC.