Nov. 1, 2012
KINGSTON, R.I. - Despite a valiant effort from the Saint Joseph's women's soccer team, the Hawks' fell to VCU, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship Thursday evening at the URI Soccer Complex. Making the conference postseason tournament for the first time since 2005, the Hawks capped the season with a 9-7-4 record.
Starting the game as the aggressors, the Hawks had their best scoring chance of the first half care of senior Taylor Mallory. In the 36th minute, Mallory lofted a shot from the left wing that the VCU goalkeeper misplayed, causing a loose ball in the Rams' box. Unfortunately for SJU, the Rams gained possession of the loose ball and cleared the zone.
Soon after the Hawks' scoring chance, the Rams' Maren Johansen got her team on the board in the 38th minute. With the ball in Saint Joseph's box, VCU's Gabby Wilson found Johansen at the top of the box and in stride, Johansen drilled a shot to the upper left corner of the goal at 37:46 to make it 1-0.
VCU opened a 2-0 lead less than four minutes later at 41:37. The Rams' Breiana White lobbed a pass over a leaping Christine Neal from the right wing, as teammate Cristin Granados followed and tapped the pass into an open net to give VCU a two-goal edge.
In the second half, Saint Joseph's first scoring chance came in the 66th minute courtesy of Mallory again. Off a free kick in front of the VCU box, the Hawks' senior drilled a shot to the left side that was tipped by the Rams' wall wide of the net.
The Hawks' had another scoring chance less than four minutes later as a shot by sophomore Jill Root could not be possessed by the VCU goalkeeper. However, again the defense cleared the ball for the Rams.
VCU added two insurance goals in the second half. At 71:49 as Bex Kunz scored off a corner kick by teammate Taryn Cressy to make it 3-0, while Granados scored the fourth goal at 84:59.
For the game, the Hawks out shot the Rams, 14-13. Junior Mo Hawkins led SJU with five shots, while Neal made three saves in her final game as a Hawk. Mallory, Root and freshman Shannon Westhead each had two shots apiece for SJU.