Within the past seven seasons, the Blue Jay women’s soccer team has taken the Centennial Conference crown all seven times. However, against a hard-nosed Haverford team, 2012 would fail to see Hopkins win their 8th straight conference title.
Despite their disappointing 2-1 loss to the Fords in the Conference Final, junior midfielder Christina Convey provided a spark for the Blue Jays in their run through the Conference tournament with three goals over the two game span.
Against Swarthmore in the tournament opener, Convey would strike twice within five minutes in the first half to propel the Lady Jays to a 3-1 win over the Garnet.
Her first goal came off of a feed from sophomore Hannah Kronick, but it was Convey’s deft footwork that finished the play.
Slipping past the aggressive Swarthmore goaltender, Convey’s quickness put her in front of an empty net for the goal.
Just five minutes later, Convey would strike once again, this time on a rebound sent into the upper left corner to give Hopkins a 2-0 lead early in the game.
The goal would prove to be the game-winner in the team’s 3-1 victory.
Against Haverford in the Conference final, Convey continued her hot streak for the second straight day.
In just the sixth minute of the game, Kronick connected with Convey again who fired a shot from 20-yards out past Haverford goaltender Robin Chernow to give Hopkins a 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately, Convey’s goal would be the lone tally for the Blue Jays in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss.
On the season, Convey has been a steady contributor for head coach Leo Weil. Through the team’s 17 games, Convey has been in the starting lineup for all 17.
In fewer games this season, Convey has already matched last season’s goals total of five, while eclipsing her freshman season’s assist total of four.
But perhaps her 59 shots on goal is most illustrative of her offensive impact for the team.
Her soccer acumen and skill have consistently placed Convey in the right spots on the field to generate scoring opportunities, either for herself or her teammates. And her development as a player has shown on the stat sheet with more starts every season she has been at Hopkins.
Looking ahead, Convey and the women’s soccer team will host Lancaster Bible on Homewood Field this weekend in a four team regional bracket of the NCAA Tournament. Joining them will be Virginia Wesleyan and Rowan.
Despite the difficulty of facing a team they have never played before, the Blue Jays will lean on key contributors, like Convey, to step up regardless of opponent.
The team will look to advance past the Elite Eight for the first time in program history under head coach Leo Weil.