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Gibson leads way to key victory

Kirsten Gibson (c) 2016 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Kirsten Gibson (c) 2016 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. - McDaniel took advantage of a pair of breakaway opportunities in the first 10 minutes to jump out to a 2-0 lead en route to a 3-2 victory over Johns Hopkins in Centennial Conference (CC) women's soccer action on Tuesday.

Kirsten Gibson (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) scored in the first minute of the second half to lead the 22nd-ranked Green Terror (14-1-1, 7-0-1 CC), who defeated the 18th-ranked Blue Jays (12-2-2, 7-1 CC) for the first time since 1996 to snap a 21-game losing streak in the series.

The victory also give McDaniel sole possession of first place in the conference standings. The Green Terror would clinch the top seed in next week's conference tournament with a victory over Washington (Md.) in the regular-season finale on Saturday.

Meg Van de Loo scored her team-leading 17th goal for Johns Hopkins, which finished the game with an 18-11 advantage in shots.

The Blue Jays controlled play for the first five minutes before Gibson got a counter attempt for the hosts. Gibson ripped a shot from the left wing that was saved but a Blue Jay defender, in an attempt, to clear put the ball backwards and into the net in the sixth minute.

Christina Wroblewski (Glen Mills, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) started the second counter attempt four minutes later, clearing a ball up the left sideline to Nicole Hill (Bowie, Md./Bowie), who took the ball from midfield and fired from the top of the box into the upper-right corner for a 2-0 lead.

Ana Bengoechea got Johns Hopkins back to within one at the break, securing a Maggie Coulson ball that got through the defense and scored on an open net with 27 seconds to play in the opening half.

Gibson wasted no time in the second half pushing the lead back to two, finishing a Hill breakaway and pass from the right side just 44 seconds into the second half.

Alyssa Morgan crossed a ball from the right side in the 67th minute that Van de Loo was able to finish in the lower-right corner to make it a one-goal game once again.

The Blue Jays also held a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Sarah McDonald (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury), the four-time reigning CC Defensive Player of the Week, made eight saves for the Green Terror in goal.

Game time on Saturday is 1 p.m.