STANDISH, Maine – Sophomore Hannah Butler (Melrose, Mass.) scored off a Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine) pass in the 99th minute to lift the Saint Joseph's College of Maine Monks past the University of Saint Joseph Blue Jays, 2-1 in overtime, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's soccer action at the SJC Athletics Complex on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Blue Jays overall record to 6-3-1 on the season and 4-2-0 in the GNAC, while the Monks improve to 6-4-1 and 3-3-1.
After a scoreless first half, both teams would find the back of the net early in the second stanza. Monks freshman Kenzie Murphy (West Baldwin, Maine) scored off a DaGraca feed at the 47:15 mark to give SJC a brief 1-0 lead. USJ's senior forward Jessica Spezzano (Watertown, Conn.) answered right back and found the back of the net in the 53rd minute on a free kick attempt from about 25 yards out to knot the game 1-1 and force overtime.
That would setup the dramatic for Butler in overtime. The goal was her first of the season and second game-clincher of her career.
Monks senior keeper Brook Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.) posted six saves between the pipes to earn the victory, while Blue Jays freshman Megan Ricci (Center Moriches, N.Y.) tallied 11 stops in a hard-fought loss. Junior Deidra Caruso (Portland, Conn.) also recorded a crucial defensive save on a DaGraca header in the 11th minute for USJ.
Saint Joseph's College of Maine posted advantages in shots (27-13) and shots on goal (14-7), while both teams were awarded three corner kicks in the conference contest. With the triumph, SJC improves to 6-3-3 in the history of the series with the University of Saint Joseph. The Monks and Blue Jays dueled to a 2-2 tie last fall.
The USJ soccer team will look to rebound when they return back to the pitch next on Wednesday on the road against GNAC opponent Rivier for a 7:30 p.m. match. SJC plays at Mount Ida College next on Wednesday in a GNAC tilt slated to start at 4 p.m.