BROOKLYN - Freshman Meghan DiPippa scored her first collegiate goal, senior goalkeeper Lauren Jancuska made a pair of saves and the Saint Joseph's women's soccer team downed LIU Brooklyn, 1-0, in its season opener Friday evening at LIU Field.
After a scoreless first half, DiPippa tallied the match's lone goal, scoring off a set piece in the 68th minute. Off a a free kick, SJU senior Mo Hawkins collected the ball for the Hawks and found a wide open DiPippa who chipped a shot into the back of the netting from five yards out at 67:30.
LIU Brooklyn would have three quality scoring chances from there though, but Jancuska and the Hawks' defense came up big. The senior keeper made both of her saves in the final 20 minutes, while the defense blocked another shot to preserve the shutout victory.
The Hawks controlled the pace of the game in the first half, registering eight shots to the Black Birds' three. Saint Joseph's defense limited the quality of shots as well, allowing Jancuska to go the first 45 minutes without facing a shot on net.
For the game, the Hawks outshot the Black Birds, 16-6 and finished with a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.
Individually, freshman Emily Gingrich tallied a game-high five shots, with Hawkins adding four as seven different SJU players accounted for at least one shot.
Saint Joseph's returns to action Sunday when it hosts Hartford at 1p.m. in the Hawks' home opener.