DaGraca Goal Lifts Monks Past Eagles, 1-0

DaGraca Goal Lifts Monks Past Eagles, 1-0

PORTLAND, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (1-1-0) edged Husson University (0-1-0), 1-0, in a rain-soaked non-conference women's soccer contest this afternoon at Deering Memorial Stadium.


The first half featured quick-paced play with scoring chances on both ends, but the Monks struck first with what wound up being the game-winning goal in the 39th minute. Sophomore Michaela MacDonald (Gloucester, Maine), controlling the ball down the left sideline, jabbed a short left-to-right pass to Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine), who evaded a defender and unleashed a kick, from just beyond the 18, to the top right corner of the net past the outstretched arms of Husson freshman keeper Sami Ireland (Howland, Maine).

The Monks had several close chances to double their advantage in the second half, as Ireland punched a shot taken by freshman forward Kayla Gooch (Dracut, Mass.) safely over the crossbar in the 75th minute and junior Emily Thornton (Saco, Maine) clanged a shot off the crossbar from close range less than two minutes later.


Saint Joseph's senior Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.) made three saves to record the ninth shutout performance of her career while Ireland tallied eight stops in a losing effort.


Saint Joseph's held advantages in shots (17-9), shots on goal (9-4), and corner kicks (10-3) in the triumph. Both teams were flagged with 14 fouls.


With the result, Saint Joseph's improves to 34-7 in the history of the series with Husson University. The Monks tipped the Eagles by a 4-3 margin in Bangor exactly one year ago.


Saint Joseph's plays at Thomas College Wednesday in a non-conference contest slated to start at 7:00 PM.




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Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.