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Early Goal Sends Saint Joseph's Past Bonnies, 1-0

Lauren Malcolm makes one of her five saves Sunday.
Lauren Malcolm makes one of her five saves Sunday.

PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph's scored early and made that lead stick on the way to a 1-0 decision over the St. Bonaventure women's soccer team Sunday in the season finale.

St. Bonaventure kept things close with Saint Joseph's, which secured a home game in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Tournament and ranked third in the conference standings entering the day.

An opportunistic strike from the hosts in the opening minutes would be the difference, though.

Saint Joseph's would get on the scoreboard to take control in just the 12th minute. Following a scrum in front, Dakota Mills collected a loose ball and punched it into an open net for her seventh goal of the season at the 11:28 mark of the match.

Emily Foltz, fresh off scoring the game-winner in double overtime vs. Duquesne Thursday, had perhaps the Bonnies' after striking a shot off the post in the 33rd minute.

The Hawks did not allow much of any opportunity for the Bonnies to even the score after halftime, limiting the Brown and White to just two shots after intermission after the visitors put together six shot attempts in the opening 45 minutes.

Sydney Cerza led the Bonnies with four shot attempts while goalkeeper Lauren Malcolm was consistently peppered with shots by the Hawks and finished with five saves on the day.

Malcolm finished the season with a career high 128 saves on the year, a total that ranks second this season nationally and ninth in Bona single season history.

With their win, the Hawks improve to 13-4-2 overall and 8-2 in conference while the Bonnies complete their season 2-13-4, 2-8.

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