ST. LOUIS - Saint Joseph's junior Michaela Finneyfrock scored in the 30th minute and classmate Grace Bendon made a game-high nine saves to lead the seventh seeded Hawks to a 1-0 victory at second seed Saint Louis in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship on Saturday night.
With the win, the Hawks advance to the semifinals of the A-10 Championship and will face six seed VCU next Friday in a 4:30 p.m. match at Sports Backers Stadium on the campus of VCU.
Looking to avenge a 3-0 loss to the Billikens earlier this season, Saint Joseph's pushed Saint Louis from the start of the match.
While both teams had early chances to get on the board, it was Finneyfrock who tallied the game's lone goal. Dribbling the ball from midfield to the top of the Billikens' box, Finneyfrock delivered a laser that deflected off the left post and into the net to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead at 29:03.
Despite being outshot 7-4 in the first half, Saint Joseph's took a one-goal lead into the second half thanks in part to four saves by Bendon.
Saint Joseph's (11-5-3) kept the Billikens off the board for the start of the second half, but late pressure led to two good scoring chances by the host team.
Off a corner kick in the 78th minute, the Hawks' defense made a key save as Gabrielle Vagnozzi cleared the ball from the line off a Saint Louis header.
Arguably the Billikens (15-3-2) best chance came in the 84th minute though off a shot in the box by Olivia Petit. But at the other end, Bendon made the last of her nine saves to preserve the shutout victory.
For the game, Saint Louis finished with 16-12 edge in shots and ahead 4-3 in corners.
Individually, Bendon posted her fifth shutout of the season to improve to 11-5-3 on the year.
The loss was Saint Louis' first at home this season.