Nov. 3, 2005
DAYTON, OH - Despite arguably leaving everything it had on the field, the Saint Joseph's women's soccer team's season came to an end Thursday evening at Baujan Field as the fifth seeded Hawks fell to the fourth seeded Dayton Flyers 2-1 in the Atlantic 10 Championship quarterfinals.
The Hawks opened the game aggressively, putting three shots on net in the opening 10 minutes.
With the score tied at zero, Dayton began to force the ball into Saint Joseph's end of the field toward the end of the half. The Flyers' pressure led to the game's opening goal as Amanda Gallow headed in a centering pass from Laura Boland at 35:03. April Carbajal set up the play as she sent Boland toward the end line. Gallow received the pass from Boland and headed it towards the left corner, past Saint Joseph's senior goalkeeper Nicole DiEnna.
The score would remain the same as the teams entered halftime. Dayton finished the first half with 10 shots to the Hawks' six, but Saint Joseph's held a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.
In the second stanza, the Flyers came out aggressive, posting several shots on net. Thankfully for the Hawks, DiEnna made several key saves to keep the deficit to one.
Unfortunately for Saint Joseph's, Dayton tallied its second goal of the game as Gallow found Reba Sedlacek in the middle of the field. Sedlacek's chip to the far left corner beat DiEnna from 15 yards out at 56:42.
Trailing by two, the Hawks refused to give in and cut the deficit to one, 2-1, in the 76th minute. Saint Joseph's pressed the ball deep into the Flyers' zone and forced a corner kick. On the ensuing play, junior Ali Wean headed the corner from Megan Schutt to the back of the net at 75:12.
Saint Joseph's continued to press every chance they could over the final 14 minutes, but Dayton wouldn't give in, as the Flyers possessed the ball for the waning seconds to hold onto the victory.
"If we put away our chances it could have been a different ending," said Saint Joseph's head coach Jess Reynolds."We knew we had to put pressure on Lowstuter and Sedlacek and they came through for them."
For the game, the Flyers out shot the Hawks 20-10, with SJU holding a 9-4 edge in corners.
Individually for Saint Joseph's, Wean led the squad with four shots, while senior Alisha Paine tallied two. Schutt, juniors Kimmy Leigh and Nancy Cook and sophomore Shannon Osborn each recorded a shot for the Hawks. Between the pipes, DiEnna posted a game-high five saves.
For Dayton, Sedlacek and Katie Lowstuter each tallied six shots, as Niki Reed made four saves for the win.
With the loss, the Hawks finish the season 8-9-2, while Dayton (10-6-3) advances to the semifinals of the A-10 Championship to face top-seeded Saint Louis.
Even though the 2005 season didn't end like SJU had hoped, the season still had several highlights for the squad, including the program's first ever regional and national rankings as well as its third consecutive A-10 Championship appearance.