Saint Joseph's Women's Soccer Drop Heart Breaker to St. Bonaventure, 2-1

PHILADELPHIA – Needing a win to keep its hopes alive for the Atlantic 10 Tournament, the Saint Joseph’s women’s soccer team jumped out to a 1-0 lead against St. Bonaventure on Friday evening at Finnesey Field. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Bonnies tallied a pair of goals early in the second half and SJU could never counter as the Hawks fell, 2-1.


Saint Joseph’s (6-7-5, 1-4-3 A-10) took the lead at 3:13 as sophomore Nicole King (Cincinnati, Ohio/Saint Ursula Academy) took a pass from senior Jen Pfeiffer (Mount Laurel, N.J./Lenape) at the top edge of the SBU box and drilled a shot over the out-reached hands of goalkeeper Megan Junker and into the back of the net.


The Hawks would take a one-goal lead into the second half, despite being out shot 6-3 in the first stanza.


St. Bonaventure (9-6-3, 4-2-2 A-10) quickly knotted the game at 1-1 less than three minutes into the second half. Gathering the ball up the left side, Tori Burchett dribbled through the Hawks’ defense and shot a ball from the left side that found the upper right corner of the goal at 47:42.


Just over three minutes later, the Bonnies struck again, this time taking advantage of a SJU penalty in its own box. On the ensuing penalty kick, Hannah Lapp directed a shot to the lower left corner to make it a 2-1 game at 50:51.


Needing a goal to force extra time and keep its hopes going Saint Joseph’s posted five shots on goal over the final 40 minutes only to have Junker make four saves and one shot be deflected away.


For the game, the Bonnies out shot the Hawks 12-10, with SJU finishing ahead 2-1 in corner kicks.


Saint Joseph’s sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Jancuska (Fairfax, Va./Chantilly) was the hard-luck loser, making four saves on the night.


Saint Joseph’s caps the 2011 season this Sunday at 1 p.m. against Duquesne.