Sept. 25, 2007
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - The Saint Joseph's women's soccer team fell at Rider, 3-2, Tuesday afternoon. Despite jumping out to a 2-0 advantage, the Hawks fell to the Broncs on a goal in the 83rd minute.
Saint Joseph's freshman midfielder Carly Salter opened the scoring in the 19th minute as she controlled a rebound off a SJU shot and beat the Broncs' goalkeeper, Alex Post, from six yards out to put the Hawks up 1-0 at 18:00.
Less than two minutes later, Hawks' freshman Raeann Groves put SJU up 2-0 as she took a crossing pass from Salter inside the Rider box. Groves tallied the second SJU goal of the match as she beat Post at 19:26.
The Hawks held a 2-0 edge going into the second half, but Rider quickly chipped away.
The Broncs' Erin Mahar's shot from 20 yards out beat SJU sophomore goalkeeper Megan Bastianelli to put Rider within one, 2-1, at 53:24.
Rider, who out shot Saint Joseph's 13-6 in the second half, tied the game at 58:40 as Michelle Matricardi controlled a rebound off a Broncs shot and beat Bastianelli.
Both teams had several scoring opportunities over the next 20 minutes, but failed to convert. Unfortunately for the Hawks, Rider broke the tie in the 83rd minute as Lauren Musumeci received a pass from teammate Alison Brody and beat Bastianelli to put Rider up 3-2.
Saint Joseph's had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but a shot by senior Shannon Osborn sailed high.
For the game, Rider out shot Saint Joseph's 22-11, with both teams earning two corner kicks.
Individually, Salter tallied her team-leading second goal of the season, while Groves earned her first collegiate point. Bastianelli made a game-high nine saves in a hard-luck loss.
On the other side, Matricardi, Mahar and Musumeci collected two points apiece for their goals, while Post made seven saves.
With the loss, the Hawks fall to 2-6-1, while the Broncs improve to 3-2-3.
Saint Joseph's returns to action this Friday, September 28, when the Hawks host Massachusetts at 6 p.m.