COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Saint Joseph's women's soccer team handed Ohio State its first loss of the season on Sunday as the Hawks topped the Buckeyes, 1-0, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Saint Joseph's junior Paige Bergman tallied the game-winner in the first half and classmate Grace Bendon made a game-high nine saves to earn her second shutout of the season.
Facing a previously undefeated Ohio State (5-1-1) squad that was receiving votes in both collegiate soccer polls and topped No. 20 Notre Dame on Friday, the Hawks (4-1-1) showed no signs of intimidation as they attacked the Buckeyes' defense in the first half. Finishing the stanza with a 7-4 edge, Saint Joseph's delivered the lone tally for the match in the 23rd minute courtesy of Bergman's olimpico.
For the second straight game, Bergman collected the game-winner off a corner as she drilled a shot from the left wing that bent back and found the back of the net at 22:49.
Taking their lead to the second half, the Hawks' defense and Bendon were quickly put to the test as the Buckeyes registered 12 of their game-high 16 shots in the final period.
Despite the pressure, including eight shots on net, Bendon and SJU answered the call and denied Ohio State over the full 45 minutes en route to victory.
Bendon, who made eight of her nine saves in the second half, improved to 4-1-1 on the season, while Bergman registered her second goal of the year.
Saint Joseph's caps its four-game road swing this Thursday at Providence at 7 p.m.
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