The Saint Joseph’s women’s soccer team advanced to the Atlantic 10 final But the top-seeded Hawks, unbeaten in their last 19 games, lost 7 – 0 to the seventh-seeded Dayton Flyers at the URI Soccer Complex. Dakota Mills, Grace Bendon, and Gabrielle Vagnozzi were named to the All-Championship team.
Dayton took a 2- 0 lead late in the first half, then exploded for 5 second half goals to end Saint Joe’s title hopes. The Flyers outshot the Hawks 25 – 9. It was the first time SJU did not score a goal since the Rutgers game on August 26.
Saint Joseph’s earned their way to the final with wins over the Rhode Island Rams and the George Mason Patriots. The Hawks got by the Rams 1 – 0 in double overtime. At the 1:29 mark of the second extra period Paige Bergman took a corner kick that Taylor Ryan headed. The ball was deflected into the goal off a Rhode Island defender. Goal Keeper Bendon made seven saves to keep the season going.
In the semifinal Saint Joe’s defeated George Mason 5 – 2. It was the second-only appearance for the Hawks in the Atlantic 10 semifinal round. The Hawks got out to a 2 – 0 lead on goals by Shannon Mulvey and Gabrielle Vagnozzi. Dakota Mills made it 3 – 0 early in the second half. The Patriots scored the next two goals to get to within a goal with under 15 minutes to play. Lauren Dimes gave the Hawks an insurance goal in the 77th minute. Mills ended to scoring at 87:02.
The Hawks remain in contention for an at-large spot in the NCAA Tournament.