Soon after the game started, Temple got on the board to seize control of the momentum and take the 1-0. The Hawks defense, lead by senior captain Rachel Walsh and senior goalkeeper Liz Messaros were able the settle St. Joe’s down and play even with the Owls. With 6:07 remaining in the first half, Temple added another goal to stretch their lead to 2-0 which is where it would stand at halftime.
The Owls came out firing in the second half. The Owls controlled much of the first fifteen minutes off the half in which they scored twice and stretched their lead to 4-0. Soon after the Owls fourth goal, senior captain Ellen Rowe took on Owls goalkeeper Lizzy Mullin one on one with Rowe beating Mullin for her seventh goal on the year to put the Hawks on the board and give them life. The Hawks controlled parts of the second half after their goal but could not find the back of the net as they dropped their Atlantic 10 opener 4-1 to Temple.
The loss dropped the Hawks to 3-7 and 0-1 in the Atlantic 10.
They got back at it Sunday in D.C. as the Hawks took on the Hoyas of Georgetown in a Jesuit battle. St. Joe’s came out firing in the first half but Hoya goalkeeper Briana Pereira was able to turn away all three shots on goal in the first half. In total, the Hawks outshot the Hoyas 10-1 in the first half and, in the second half, they were able to capitalize. Freshman Jordan Martin took a rebound from Pereira to beat her on the left side of the cage to give the Hawks the 1-0 advantage with 26:02 remaining in the half.
The Hawks kept the pressure on the Hoyas, firing 9 shots and seven of them on goal. The Hawks outshot the Hoyas 9-2 in the second half and 19-3 overall.
The defense was stellar in front of Messaros who was equally stellar in net. The Hawks swarming defense lead by Rachel Walsh and Abby Hoover limited Georgetown to just one shot on net which Messaros turned away for her second 1-0 shutout of the year.
The win improves the Hawks to 4-7 on the year. Saint Joseph’s gets back at it on Wednesday afternoon on Ellen Ryan Field against the Villanova Wildcats at 4:00 pm.