Saint Joseph’s Loses In Atlantic 10 Women’s Soccer Final

The Saint Joseph’s women’s soccer team advanced to the Atlantic 10 final  But the top-seeded Hawks, unbeaten in their last 19 games, lost 7 – 0 to the seventh-seeded Dayton Flyers at the URI Soccer Complex.  Dakota Mills, Grace Bendon, and Gabrielle Vagnozzi were named to the All-Championship team.

Dayton took a 2- 0 lead late in the first half, then exploded for 5 second half goals to end Saint Joe’s title hopes.  The Flyers outshot the Hawks 25 – 9.  It was the first time SJU did not score a goal since the Rutgers game on August 26.

sju-hawks-2014Saint Joseph’s earned their way to the final with wins over the Rhode Island Rams and the George Mason Patriots.  The Hawks got by the Rams 1 – 0 in double overtime.  At the 1:29 mark of the second extra period Paige Bergman took a corner kick that Taylor Ryan headed.  The ball was deflected into the goal off a Rhode Island defender.  Goal Keeper Bendon made seven saves to keep the season going.

In the semifinal Saint Joe’s defeated George Mason 5 – 2.  It was the second-only appearance for the Hawks in the Atlantic 10 semifinal round.  The Hawks got out to a 2 – 0 lead on goals by Shannon Mulvey and Gabrielle Vagnozzi. Dakota Mills made it 3 – 0 early in the second half.  The Patriots scored the next two goals to get to within a goal with under 15 minutes to play.  Lauren Dimes gave the Hawks an insurance goal in the 77th minute.  Mills ended to scoring at 87:02.

The Hawks remain in contention for an at-large spot in the NCAA Tournament.



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