FAIRFAX, Va. - Behind four unanswered goals in the second half, the Saint Joseph's women's soccer team rallied for a 4-1 victory at George Mason on Thursday evening.
Falling behind 1-0 less than a minute into the match, the Hawks were held in check in the opening half despite matching the Patriots with six shots apiece.
Saint Joseph's quickly took control of the momentum in the second period though as Morgan Bower tied the game at 1-1 in the 48th minute. From there, the Hawks added three more goals to improve to 8-4-2 overall and 3-2-0 in the Atlantic 10.
Bower got the Hawks' offense going as she took a pass from senior Michaela Finneyfrock and delivered a shot to the upper left corner to tie the match at 1-1 at 47:58.
Senior Dakota Mills would give SJU the lead a short time later with the first of her two goals on the night. Off a feed from classmate Paige Bergman, Mills drilled a shot to the lower left corner from inside the Patriots box to make it 2-1 at 64:38.
Rookie Aleksa Peev added an insurance goal at 78:27 as she connected on her fourth goal of the season off a feed from Finneyfrock.
Mills sealed the win with a goal from 35 yards out in the 85th minute off a pass from junior Gabrielle Vagnozzi.
While the Hawks' offense connected for four goals in the second half, senior goalkeeper Grace Bendon stood tall in making sure the lead held up. Posting three of her game-high seven saves in the final half, Bendon picked up her eighth win on the season and 27th for her career.
The Hawks are back in action this Sunday when they host VCU at 1 p.m.
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