By ZACH ROBBINS
The Jays (6-3-2, 2-1-1 Centennial Conference) visited the Red Devils of Dickinson College (6-2-1, 2-0-2 CC) this weekend to close out a three-game streak of away games.
After falling behind midway through the first half, Hopkins answered almost immediately before both teams held each other scoreless for a 1-1 tie.
Hopkins finished undefeated in that stretch, going 2-0-1. All three games were conference games.
In the 28th minute, the Red Devils had a free kick opportunity in the Jays’ territory.
Dickinson senior Alfred Hylton-Dei booted the free kick to sophomore teammate Matt Edmonds who headed it into the back of the net.
The 1-0 Dickinson lead was short-lived, as the Jays wasted absolutely no time in scoring and tied it up on their ensuing attack.
It was 95 seconds later when Hopkins junior Samy Ramadane took advantage of a Red Devil handball in the box and put the Jays on the board.
“My teammate, [freshman] Cole [Rosenberger], and I took a short corner to pull the near side defenders out of position, allowing for a dangerous ball into an area where the Dickinson defense was exposed,” Ramadane, who scored his second goal of the season, said. “After a deflection pushed the ball past the keeper, the last man used his hand to keep the ball from crossing the goal line, giving us a penalty kick that I converted.”
This makes seven out of 10 games that the Jays’ defense was able to hold their opponent to one or fewer goals.
Leading the way for the defense was junior goalie Bryan See.
The match at Dickinson was his second game with 10 or more saves in a game.
“I’m proud of the guys for coming back stronger after a disappointing loss on the conference opener and staying undefeated for three straight away games,” See said. “The match against Dickinson really brought the best out of us as we’re able to bounce back from a goal down and hold them off with only 10 men under extreme weather conditions. We hope to carry on this fighting spirit for the rest of the season. We are a possession-minded team but we still need to work on a quicker transition from playing out of the back to creating more chances in the final third.”
The Jays will get their chance to play at Homewood, after a three-week period of no home games, when they take on the Ursinus College Bears on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 4:30 p.m.