PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph’s senior goalkeeper Christine Neal (Hockessin, Del./Alexis I Du Pont) made three saves and junior midfielder Mo Hawkins (Philadelphia, Pa./Cardinal Dougherty) scored twice as the Hawks’ women’s soccer team earned its first victory of the season, 3-0, over Binghamton Friday evening at Finnesey Field.
Controlling the pace from the start, Saint Joseph’s took the lead in the 15th minute on Hawkins’ first goal of the year. With the ball deep in Binghamton’s zone, junior Nicole King (Cincinnati, Ohio/Saint Ursula Academy) centered a pass from the right side into the middle of the box where Hawkins connected with a header into an open net at 14:13.
The Hawks (1-0-1) would add to their lead before halftime. Off a corner kick on the left side, senior Taylor Mallory (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) played a ball to the far post where classmate Kayleigh Summers (Voorhees, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep) deflected the ball back to the middle of the box. In the ensuing movement, senior Ali Yozwiak (Brodheadsville, Pa./Pleasant Valley) closed in on the pass and drilled the shot to the far left netting to make it a 2-0 game at 41:59.
With Neal solid in goal and SJU’s defense keeping the Bearcats out of the attacking zone, Hawkins added an insurance goal in the 79th minute. Off a throw in from freshman Shannon Westhead (Mount Laurel, N.J./Lenape), junior Shannon Farrell (Oceanside, N.Y./Oceanside) headed the ball backwards to the right far post, allowing Hawkins to gain position and deflect the pass by the running keeper to make it a 3-0 game at 78:15.
For the game, the Hawks finished with a 16-6 edge in shots, while Binghamton edged SJU 5-2 in corner kicks.
Neal’s shutout moves her into third all-time in team history with nine.
Saint Joseph’s returns to action this Sunday when the Hawks host Villanova at noon.