A stout defense led by Emily Nagourney, and the offensive play of fellow seniors Hannah Kronick and Sydney Teng have kept the Blue Jays in the national spotlight.
With a goal in the 85th minutes against Washington, Kronick also become the top all-time Centennial Conference goal scorer, netting her 72nd career goal. A First Team All-American last year, she also set the Blue Jay’s career assist record on the night when she set up Meg Van de Loo’s opening goal with a back heel pass. Kronick has 7 goals and three assists so far this year.
Teng has added four goals and two assists to the Hopkins’ season tally. She set up the Blue Jays second goal, scored by Alaina Arthur in the 78th minute. Teng and company assaulted the Shorewomen penalty area on the night, outshooting Washington College 42-4 on the night. Only a 13 save effort from goalkeeper Melissa Barry prevented a blowout.
Though she wasn’t called upon often, Hopkins keeper Clara Aranguren, a sophomore from Madrid, Spain, moved her record as a starter to 3-2.
The team began preparing for the season with an overseas tour, spending the summer navigating the Adriatic, playing exhibition games against European sides from Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia. The tout helped strengthen the togetherness of the squad.
Another reason that Hopkins remains on a Top 5 path is the stability of its staff and its head coach Leo Weil.
When Johns Hopkins University launched its women’s soccer program in 1992 the athletic department chose Weil to lead the program, it was a wise choice.
After just two wins in his first two campaigns, Weil started to develop the Blue Jays in a Division III powerhouse. The Blue Jays are now perennial winners and NCAA playoff contenders. Under Weil’s tutelage, the Blue Jays have earned six consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 berths and have reached the NCAA Quarterfinals four times, over the past five seasons. Weil now has over 300 wins on his ledger.
Over the years, Weil’s charges have earned honors as well, including eight NSCAA All-Americans, 26 CoSIDA Academic All-District selections and nine CoSIDA Academic All-Americans since 2002.