Women's Soccer Drops Season Opener to Saint Joseph's, 1-0

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

PORTLAND, Maine – The Husson University women's soccer team suffered a 1-0 loss to Saint Joseph's College of Maine, in a rain-soaked non-conference contest this afternoon at Deering Memorial Stadium.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

The first half featured quick-paced play with scoring chances on both ends, but the Monks struck first with what wound up being the game-winning goal in the 39th minute. Sophomore Michaela MacDonald, controlling the ball down the left sideline, jabbed a short left-to-right pass to Haley DaGraca, who evaded a defender and unleashed a kick, from just beyond the 18, to the top right corner of the net past the outstretched arms of Husson freshman keeper Sami Ireland.

The Monks had several close chances to double their advantage in the second half, as Ireland punched a shot taken by junior Emily Thornton safely over the crossbar in the 75th minute and freshman forward Kayla Gooch clanged a shot off the crossbar from close range less than two minutes later.

THE KEEPERS:

Saint Joseph's senior Brooke Troup made three saves to record the ninth shutout performance of her career while Ireland tallied eight stops in a losing effort.

TEAM STATS:

Saint Joseph's held advantages in shots (17-9), shots on goal (9-4), and corner kicks (10-3) in the victory.

NEXT!

Husson returns to action on Friday, September 8 at Newbury College. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

Saint Joseph's plays at Thomas College Wednesday in a non-conference contest slated to start at 7:00 p.m.