Hawkins Matches SJU Goal Record In Heartbreaking Loss

PHILADELPHIA - Senior midfielder Mo Hawkins tallied a pair of goals to tie the SJU career goal record, but the Saint Joseph's women's soccer team dropped a heartbreaker to Dayton, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Sweeney Field.

Needing a win or draw to keep their Atlantic 10 Tournament hopes alive, the Hawks fell behind early to the Flyers, but would fight back to take the lead thanks to Hawkins.

Trailing 1-0 after a Dayton goal in the 27th minute, Hawkins tied the game at 30:58. After having her initial shot saved, Hawkins gathered the rebound and drilled a shot into the open net to make it a 1-1 game.

Hawkins would strike again seven minutes later after being taken down in the Dayton box to draw a penalty kick. On the opportunity, Hawkins drilled a shot to the lower far post, past the goalkeeper to give SJU a 2-1 lead at 37:58. The goal, her eighth of the season, moved her into a tie for first all-time in career goals, matching the mark off 33 set by Jen Pfeiffer.

Leading 2-1 entering the second stanza, the Hawks would see their lead eliminated early on a goal by Erin O'Malley to make it a 2-2 game.

Unfortunately for SJU, Dayton (12-5-1, 7-1-0 A-10) would score again on a goal by Ashley Campbell at 64:48 and hold off a late Saint Joseph's charge.

In net, senior Lauren Jancuska made a game-high eight saves in her final game in a SJU record.

The Hawks cap the season with a 7-8-3 overall record and 3-4-1 mark in Atlantic 10 play.

Game Notes: SJU honored its senior class of Hawkins, Jancuska, Morgan Circe, Morgan Duffy, Shannon Farrell, Emily Irons, Lindsey King and Nicole King in a pregame ceremony.

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