Behind an MVP performance from goalkeeper Grace Bendon, the Saint Joseph's women's soccer team captured the City 6 Tournament this past weekend at Villanova.
Opening play versus La Salle, the Hawks' Hannah Racis got SJU on the board, while Bendon and the team's defense kept the Explorers at a distance for a 1-0 victory.
Advancing to face Temple in the semifinals, it was a similar formula for success for the Hawks as Kasia Kwitnieski scored and again the squad's defense alongside Bendon turned in a shutout performance to advance, 1-0.
Facing Penn for the City 6 crown, Saint Joseph's rallied in the final three minutes of play to tie the match at 1-1 on a goal by Morgan Bower.
Going to penalty kicks to decide the contest, Bendon stood strong stopping the Quakers' first attempt, while SJU converted its first.
Matching each other the rest of the way, the tournament came down to the final attempt for the Hawks. Stepping in to take the shot, Michaela Finneyfrock delivered for SJU as she found the back of the net to give the Hawks the City 6 Tournament title on penalty kicks, 5-4.
Bendon, who also converted the Hawks' second penalty kick, was named Tournament MVP after allowing just one goal over three matches, while Gabrielle Vagnozzi and Kylie D'Ambra were selected to the All-Tournamen Team.
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