Saint Joseph's Women's Soccer Rallies Past Quinnipiac, 3-2

 

HAMDEN, CONN. - Saint Joseph's freshman Emily Gingrich scored a pair of goals and senior Mo Hawkins tallied the game winner at 89:56 as the Hawks' women's soccer team topped Quinnipiac, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Quinnipiac University Soccer Field.

 

With the less than 20 seconds to play in regulation, and the score knotted at 2-2, Quinnipac's goalkeeper Natalia Grodzki punted the ball from inside the box toward midfield. Off a deflection, the ball was collected by Hawkins close to midfield and had a clear field to streak up the right side. As the clock ticked under 10 seconds to play, Hawkins dribbled past a defender inside the Bobcats' box and launched the game-winning goal over Grodzki to the upper right corner, giving SJU a 3-2 lead with 4.3 seconds to play.

 

Trailing 2-0 entering the second half, Gingrich cut the deficit to 2-1 at 77:25 off a penalty kick as she drilled a shot to the bottom right corner, while the Bobcats' goalkeeper anticipated a shot to the left and dove the opposite way.

 

Gingrich would tie the game 33 seconds later as she tracked down a ball deep down the left side of the Quinnipiac zone. Taking possession, she dribbled right towards the host's goal and hit a shot through traffic that got past the inside left post to even the game at 2-2 at 77:58.

 

In the first half, the Bobcats controlled the pace of play as they posted five shots on net, to the Hawks two. After holding opponents scoreless through the first three games, Saint Joseph's allowed its first goal of the year 2:37 into the game off a set piece shot by Aine McKeever.

 

McKeever made it a 2-0 game on a free kick goal at 18:42.

 

Despite trailing by two, the Hawks rallied in the final 13 minutes, recording four of their 14 shots during that time, including their three goals. With the win, SJU moves to 2-0-2, while Quinnipiac fell to 0-2-0.

 

Individually, Gingrich recorded the first two goals of her collegiate career, while Hawkins added her first of the season. In net, senior Lauren Jancuska improved to 2-0-2 overall, making three saves in the victory.

 

The Hawks return to action this Friday when they host Longwood at 5 p.m.

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