PHILADELPHIA – Starting the season with a 2-0-1 record, the Saint Joseph’s women’s soccer team was recognized for their strong start with a ninth-place ranking in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America Mid-Atlantic Poll.
Coming off a season-opening draw against American on Augusts 19, the Hawks followed that with two wins this past weekend. Led by a pair of goals from junior Mo Hawkins (Philadelphia, Pa./Cardinal Dougherty) and a shutout from senior goalkeeper Christine Neal (Hockessin, Del/Alexis I Du Pont), Saint Joseph’s picked up its first win of the year with a 3-0 victory over Binghamton on Friday. On Sunday, the Hawks earned a comeback win over local rival Villanova as senior Ali Yozwiak (Brodheadsville, Pa./Pleasant Valley) tied the game and an own goal off a Wildcat defender late helped SJU to a 2-1 victory.
“We are excited to be recognized as one of the top teams in the Mid-Atlantic,” said 12th-year head coach Jess Reynolds. “The team has been working hard to get to where it is at now. Our schedule becomes more challenging as we go forward, with the Atlantic 10 being very strong, and we know we have to continue to keep working and improving daily.”
The Hawks, who earned a seventh-place rank in the regional polls in 2005, last received votes during the 2008 season.
Fellow A-10 schools La Salle and Dayton are currently tied for first in the current Mid-Atlantic Poll. Charlotte (sixth) and Rhode Island (eighth) also join SJU in the regional rankings.
Saint Joseph’s returns to action this Friday when the Hawks open the road portion of their schedule at Fairfield at 7 p.m.