STANDISH, Maine – Second-seeded Saint Joseph's scored three times in an eight-minute span midway through the second half to defeat the Johnson & Wales University women's soccer team. The Wildcats dropped a 4-2 decision to the Monks on Wednesday in the semifinals of the GNAC Tournament.
Saint Joseph's of Maine: 15-3
Johnson & Wales: 14-7-1
SJC: Adia Grogan (12-3) 10 saves
JWU: Colleen Lynch (14-7-1) 2 saves
Deja Hursey (JWU): 2 goals
Emily Thornton (SJC) 3 goals
The loss ends the Wildcats' year with the fourth-most victories in a season. JWU has won at least 14 games the last three seasons.
Saint Joseph's opened the scoring in the 11th minute, but the Wildcats answered 14 minutes later. Senior Deja Hursey got a pass from Jordan Restivo and found the back of the net to tie the match going into the locker room.
Neither team could score for the first 20 minutes of the second half until Emily Thornton gave SJC the lead. She scored two more times in the next eight minutes to push the Monks' advantage to 4-1.
Hursey scored again three minutes later but the Wildcats could not close the gap. She finished her career with 49 goals and 112 points, ranking her third on the JWU career charts for both categories.
JWU had a 12-6 advantage in shots on goal but SJC goalkeeper Adia Grogan made 10 saves.
Head coach Chris Flint will have to replace seven seniors off this year's team, but brings back his top three goal scorers for the 2019 season.