STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (3-4-0) defeated Husson University (2-3-0), 2-0, in non-conference women's soccer action at Westerlea Way Field on Sunday afternoon. Freshman goalkeeper Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.) recorded her first career shutout with five saves in the victory.
The Monks outshot the Eagles by a 21-9 margin, but the hosts would not score until the 67th minute when senior Kim Jordan (Bangor, Maine) collected a muffed kick by Sam Peters (Gorham, Maine) and sent an odd-angle shot from near the right post into the left panel of the goal. Peters was credited with an assist on the play.
Saint Joseph's doubled the lead 12 minutes later when Peters drilled a penalty kick shot to the left corner of the net. Stacy Anuszewski (Clarksboro, N.J.), applying pressure on the right, lofted a ball into the box that was blatantly knocked down by a defender's hand and the PK attempt was awarded as a result.
The Eagles had several excellent opportunities to get on the board, particularly in the second half, but Troup proved up to the task each time. Husson junior Katie Cyr (Hampden, Maine) was awarded a penalty kick early in the second stanza but was denied by Troup and the freshman keeper came up big again on a free kick taken by freshman midfielder Taylor Fortin (Goffstown, N.H.) in the 70th minute. Fortin took the attempt from the left and blasted a tailing kick to the top left corner and Troup left her feet to punch the ball out of the air. A scramble for the loose ball in the goalmouth ensued, but the Monks managed to clear the zone, effectively thwarting one of the best scoring chances of the day.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 32-6 in the history of the series with Husson University and has now defeated the Eagles in three consecutive meetings dating back to the 2012 campaign.
Saint Joseph's hosts Thomas College on Wednesday at 4:00 PM while Husson is off until Saturday when the Eagles host conference-rival Colby Sawyer College at 7:30 PM.
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 430-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.