Generals drop season opener to No. 6 Johns Hopkins

Megan Duncanson
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Washington and Lee women's soccer team scored first but proceeded to allow five unanswered goals, dropping the season opener, 5-1, to No. 6 Johns Hopkins on the first day of the Carnegie Mellon Tartan Cup on Friday.
 
The Generals put together two consecutive strong offensive opportunities early on when, in the eighth minute, senior midfielder Megan Engeland (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) fired a hard shot that missed just wide left of the frame. One minute later, Engeland got a pass off from the endline that was deflected and popped high over the reach of the keeper. Senior forward Caroline Peters (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin School) settled under the ball and headed in the first goal of the game.
 
Johns Hopkins responded in the 23rd minute when a shot taken by junior midfielder Maggie Coulson bounced off the left post, ricocheted towards the right post and crossed the goalline just before bouncing off the right post to tie the game at one goal per side.
 
The Blue Jays took control of the game in the 54th minute with a go-ahead goal by junior forward Maddy Rocks.  Coulson added a second goal in the 61st minute as the Blue Jays pulled away for the four-goal win.
 
W&L put forth one final scoring effort late in the second half when sophomore forward Megan Duncanson (Hillsborough, Calif./Crystal Springs Uplands) received a pass through the defense and shot to the far post with the outside of her foot before a diving save was made to keep the Generals at one goal.
 
For the game, Johns Hopkins held a 17-5 advantage in shots and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.
 
Duncanson led the Generals with two shots in the contest and put one on target. Engeland finished with one shot and an assist, and Peters' goal came on her only shot attempt.  First-year Grace Coombs (Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrews School) (0-1) took the loss in net for the Generals, playing all 90 minutes and stopping three shots in her collegiate debut.
 
Coulson paced the Blue Jays with two goals.  Junior Robyn Lipscultz posted two saves while playing all 90 minutes in goal.
 
W&L will return for day two of the Carnegie Mellon Tartan Cup on Saturday when it takes on the 11th-ranked hosts of the tournament at 3:30 pm.