PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's sophomore Gabrielle Vagnozzi and junior Michaela Finneyfrock combined for three goals and three assists to lift the Saint Joseph's women's soccer team past Dayton, 4-2, on Sunday at Sweeney Field.
Looking to snap a two-game losing skid, the Hawks (7-5-2, 2-3-1 Atlantic 10) came out aggressvie as they scored twice in the opening six minutes.
Vagnozzi opened the scoring for SJU as she took a lead pass from Finneyfrock and drilled home a strike from the top of the box at 3:08 past a drawn out goal keeper.
The two would team up again at 5:35 for the Hawks' second goal as Vagnozzi floated a pass from the right side of the box with Finneyfrock heading the ball in to make it 2-0.
Dayton (7-6-2, 2-2-2 A-10) cut the Saint Joseph's lead to 2-1 on a goal by Alexis Kiehl in the 18th minute, but the Hawks answered at 23:57 as Morgan Bower scored off a Dayton misplay.
With the ball in the center of the field, Finneyfrock played a long curving ball towards the middle of the Dayton box for Bower. Tracking the ball, Bower was able to control it as Dayton's keeper came out and failed to secure the ball, allowing Bower to deposit the ball into an empty net to make it 3-1.
In the second half, Kiehl struck again for the Flyers as her second goal of the game made it a 3-2 contest at 70:28.
Ahead by one, Vagnozzi gave SJU some breathing room in the 77th minute. Off a free kick by Paige Bergman, Taylor Ryan deflected the ball inside the Dayton box to Vagnozzi, who quickly found the back of the net to make it 4-2.
The Hawks' defense and goalkeeper Grace Bendon made the score stand from there as Bendon finished with one save to improve to 7-5-2 on the year.
Saint Joseph's returns to action this Thursday at George Washington at 3:30 p.m.
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