Sunday, September 10, 2017

DaGraca goal lifts Monks past Eagles

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 junior Emily Thornton (Saco, Maine) safely over the crossbar in the 75th minute and freshman forward Kayla Gooch (Dracut, Mass.) 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.

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