CHESTERTOWN — If there is anything more thrilling than getting the first Centennial Conference victory of the season on a free kick with seven seconds remaining in overtime, it’s playing the No. 5-ranked team in the country to a scoreless double-overtime tie.
That in a nutshell is how the week went for Washington’s women’s soccer team.
The locals scored only one goal in 209 minutes during the week, but it was enough to keep them on the plus side of .500.
The highlight, of course, was Saturday night’s 0-0 draw with highly regarded Johns Hopkins.
Washington ended Hopkins’ streak of consecutive conference victories in the regular season at 21. This also was the first time since 2012 that Hopkins did not score in a conference match, halting a run of 82 consecutive contests. And, this is the biggie, for the first time in the 21-year history of the series, Washington was not defeated by Hopkins.
A lot of credit for all of that goes to junior keeper Annalie Buscarino (eight saves) and Washington’s defense, which did not fold against a barrage of 22 shots. Among the unsung heroes was freshman back Katie Brennan, who cleared Emma Billings’ header shot off a corner kick in the 40th minute for a team save.
The Blue Jays’ best scoring chance came in the 81st minute when Rachel Jackson slid in a shot at the doorstep following a corner kick. Somehow, Buscarino, whose body appeared to be in the net, was able to smother the ball as it teetered at the goal line.
The final shot of the night for either side came from Hopkins’ all-conference midfielder Emily Maheras with 9 seconds remaining in regulation. Her attempt sailed wide left due to a partial block by a Washington defender and produced a corner kick, but time expired before the kick could be taken.
Maddy Rocks had a good look in the second extra period after a ball was played in, but it bounced just over her head and was gathered in by Buscarino (2-2-2).
Washington had only one shot in 110 minutes — Cayla Marcinko in the 13th minute — and Caitlin Hendricks was not required to make a save.
Hopkins had all 10 corner kicks.
The Shore ladies picked up their first win in conference play Sept. 25 at Bryn Mawr, 1-0, on sophomore Bess Mascone’s free kick as time was about to expire at the end of the first 10-minute sudden victory period. Mascone’s laser shot from the top of the penalty box found the upper right corner of the net.
The sides were evenly matched, with Washington holding a slim 12-10 lead in shots.
Sophomore Noah Smith (2-1) went the distance in goal for Washington. She finished with four saves.
At the other end, Grecia Prieto also had four stops.