Dreaded Johns Hopkins escapes Gettysburg with a win in men’s and women’s soccer, 3-2 and 5-0 respectively
By Charlie Miller, Staff Writer
A hard-fought battle between Johns Hopkins and Gettysburg in Baltimore on Saturday, Oct. 7 was decided when Jacob Sardinha sent a missile that found the back of the net in the 76th minute, which earned the Blue Jays a 3-2 victory. The Bullets dropped to 1-2-2 in the conference, and 4-4-2 overall, while Hopkins tied Muhlenberg for third in the conference at 3-1-1. Gettysburg was off at the starting gun, as Ean Malay ’27 hit Chase Sempervive ’25 for a quick strike to give the Bullets the lead in the first minute. However, the resilient Blue Jays knotted it up with Griffin Meyer’s first of two goals on the day. Just seven minutes later, an uncharacteristic Blue Jays error led to an own goal, but the lead was short-lived. Meyer scored his second goal of the match in the 29th minute, and the score stayed tied at two as the second half began.
Sardinha dribbled the ball outside the box and finished with a clutch strike to give Hopkins the lead. The two teams were relatively even in shots on goal, but the Blue Jays led 19-9 in shot advantage and 8-2 in corners. Despite the loss, Gettysburg held their own against a fast Blue Jays squad, and will no doubt have some say in the upcoming Centennial Conference race. Sempervive scored his fifth goal of the season, which leads the Bullets and ranks him tenth in the Centennial Conference. Sempervive and forward Athi Msiza ’26 make a formidable duo, as Msiza’s speed and technique allow him to create chances to set up the strong foot of Sempervive. There is still a lot of optimism for this Bullets squad going forward despite their loss to the Blue Jays.
The seventh-ranked Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins remained perfect in the Centennial Conference with a 5-0 victory at Clark Field on Saturday. Hopkins wasted no time and broke the ice with a goal seven minutes into the contest. The Blue Jays scored again in the 21st minute, but the Bullet defense kept it at 2-0 until the second half. Hopkins’ offense was relentless in the second half, as a cross and tap-in made it 3-0, and two goals in the 77th minute put the finishing touches on a 5-0 rout. The tale of the tape reflected the score, and if anything, it could have been worse, as Gettysburg’s breakout keeper Alex Jurow ’27 made four saves, against 20 shots from the Blue Jays. Gettysburg couldn’t get much offense going, with just two shots, one of which was on goal. Both shots came from Jordan Weinberg ’25, who led Gettysburg in goals in 2022.
The Bullets will look to put this one behind them and focus on the road ahead. Zoe Want ’25 currently leads the team with two goals and three assists in the young season. Gettysburg has also benefited greatly from Jurow’s inspired goalkeeping. The freshman has posted a 1.00 GAA (Goals-Against-Average) with twenty-seven saves in seven appearances.
Editor’s Note: This article was edited at 12:14 p.m. on October 13, 2023 to correct the location of the men’s soccer game.