Oct. 8, 2010
AMBLER, Pa. - The Saint Joseph's women's soccer team opened up a two-goal advantage and kept Temple at a distance as the Hawks topped the Owls, 2-1, Friday evening in an Atlantic 10 matchup. Junior Maggie Lupinski scored early and freshman Mo Hawkins tallied the decisive goal in the 73rd minute to help the Hawks to their first conference victory.
Lupinski gave Saint Joseph's (4-8-0/1-2-0 A-10) the edge early as she stole a pass deep in the Temple zone and converted. With the ball deep in Temple's end, Lupinski stole a a defensive pass and caught the Owls' goalkeeper out of position as she placed a shot into the right side of the net 2:33 into the game.
Temple (5-7-1/0-2-1 A-10) outshot the Hawks 7-6 in the opening half, but SJU's Christine Neal kept the Owls off the board over the opening 45 minutes.
Hawkins opened the gap to two goals on a breakaway in the 73rd minute. Lupinksi played the ball up to a charging Hawkins, who in turn, lightly touched the ball past the TU goalkeeper to give SJU a 2-0 lead.
Allicia Yurkovic made it a 2-1 game at 86:57, but the SJU defense came up strong in the final moments, blocking an Owl shot in the 90th minute and clearing the ball for the win.
Individually, Hawkins posted five shots to go with the goal as the Hawks finished the game being outshot 16-11. Neal, who made three of her game-high five saves in the second half, earned the victory.
Saint Joseph's returns to action next Friday when Xavier travels to Hawk Hill for a 7 p.m. start.