ST. LOUIS - The Saint Joseph's women's soccer team begins its quest for the 2017 Atlantic 10 championship this Saturday as the seventh seeded Hawks travel to second seed Saint Louis.

The A-10 Championship quarterfinal match is set for an 8 p.m. EST start and will be streamed on the Atlantic 10 Network. Should Saint Joseph's win, it would advance to take on either third seed George Mason or sixth seed VCU in the semifinals on November 3 at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, Virginia.

HAWKS CLAIM SEVENTH SEED IN ATLANTIC 10 CHAMPIONSHIP
Saint Joseph's battled back a slow start in conference play to secure an Atlantic 10 Championship berth in the final week of the regular season. Picked to finish third in the A-10 preseason poll, the Hawks opened A-10 play with a 1-3-1 mark, but capped the rest of the conference slate going 4-0-1 to finish at 5-3-1 for their third straight season with a winning A-10 record.

SAINT JOSEPH’S ATLANTIC 10 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
The Hawks are making their fourth straight, and eighth overall, Atlantic 10 Championship appearance, all coming under the guidance of head coach Jess Mannella. In its previous appearances, Saint Joseph's has posted a 3-7 record, advancing to its first A-10 Championship finals a season ago. Below is a year-by-year breakdown of Saint Joseph's previous appearances at the A-10 Championship.

2003 - 5th Seed
11/6/03 - vs. 4th seed Xavier - L, 1-0</P

2004 - 4th Seed
11/4/04 - vs. 5th seed La Salle - W, 1-0
11/5/04 - vs. 1st seed #20 Dayton - L, 2-1

2005 - 5th Seed
11/3/05 - vs. 4th seed Dayton - L, 2-1

2012 - 6th Seed
11/1/12 - vs. 3rd seed VCU - L, 4-0

2014 - 6th Seed
11/6/14 - vs. 3rd seed Dayton - L, 2-1 (OT)

2015 - 3rd Seed
11/5/15 - vs. 6th seed La Salle - L, 2-1

2016 - 1st Seed
11/3/16 - vs. 8th seed Rhode Island - W, 1-0 (2 OT)
11/4/16 - vs. 4th seed George Mason - W, 5-2
11/6/16 - vs. 7th seed Dayton - L, 7-0

QUICK STRIKES
The Hawks are 9-1-2 when scoring first, 1-4-0 when the opponent scores first, and 0-0-1 when neither team scores...Grace Bendon ranks fifth in career wins (18), with her 10 wins this year tied for fourth in a season...Paige Bergman is tied for second all-time in assists (17), one shy of the all-time mark held by Ellen Stenrud...Gabrielle Vagnozzi is tied for fourth all-time in assists (14) and 11th in points (34).

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