MERION STATION, Pa. – A pair of second half goals led the 23rd-ranked Saint Joseph’s field hockey team past Saint Louis, 2-0, at Ellen Ryan Field on Friday afternoon in the conference opener for both teams.
After a relatively non-descript first half saw neither side able to find the net, Saint Louis (3-3 overall, 0-1 Atlantic 10) had an opportunity right out of the gate in the second but a long cross went wide of the cage.
Saint Joseph’s (5-2 overall, 1-0 Atlantic 10) finally broke the deadlock seven and a half minutes into the frame as junior Anna Willocks sent a ball in toward the cage for freshman Quinn Maguire, whose one-handed finish for her sixth goal of the season put the Hawks on top.
Maguire then showed her gratitude for the earlier assist by setting up Willocks for her fourth goal of the year as the junior beat SLU’s Lillian Cossetto stick-side to double the margin.
The Billikens picked up the offensive pressure and forced sophomore Victoria Kammerinke into a big save with four minutes to go, but in the end the Hawk defense was able to preserve the shutout and give the Hawks the victory.
Kammerinke made two saves for her second shutout of the season, while Cossetto made seven in defeat for SLU. The Hawks enjoyed a 20-4 advantage in shots taken and took nine corners to just one for the Billikens.
Saint Joseph’s returns to action on Sunday with another Atlantic 10 tilt, this time hosting Lock Haven. Game time is set for noon; after the game, all Hawk field hockey alums are invited to take part in the annual Alumnae Game.
Photos from today's game will be available for purchase at www.sjuhawksphotos.photoshelter.com.
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