Behind two goals and an assist from senior Hannah Racis, the Saint Joseph's women's soccer team picked up a 5-1 victory over Bucknell on Sunday at Sweeney Field. With the victory, senior goalkeeper Grace Bendon matched the Hawks' all-time mark for wins, 23, held by Allison Ebling.
Tied at 1-1 entering the second half, Saint Joseph's exploded for four unanswered goals in the final period to improve to 4-1-2 on the year.
Racis quickly gave the Hawks the lead back at 46:20 as she pounced on a loose ball off a centering ball and drilled it into the right side of the net to make it 2-1.
Saint Joseph's added to its lead in the 59th minute as Racis found Gabrielle Vagnozzi at the top of the box. In stride, Vagnozzi delivered a shot that deflected over the head of the goalkeeper to make it 3-1.
Rookie Aleksa Peev took advantage of another missed clearing chance by Bucknell at 66:20, gathering the ball out of a corner kick and depositing it into the upper right corner to push SJU's lead to 4-1.
Kylie D'Ambra wrapped up the scoring at 86:27 as her shot from the top of the box was deflected by a Bison defender and into the goal.
In the first half, Racis opened the scoring at 4:08 as she took a pass from Sofia Filippo and snuck a shot from the right wing that sailed over the head of the Bucknell keeper to make it 1-0.
The Bison (2-5-1) tied the game at 1-1 in the 38th minute on a shot from distance by Gabby Blair and took a tie into halftime before the SJU offense came alive.
Bendon, who improved to 4-1-2 on the year, made six saves in the win on Sunday.
The Hawks (4-12-2) are back in action on Thursday when they host Villanova at 7 p.m.
Receive all of the latest news and info on SJU women's soccer with Hawk E-News – SIGN UP