NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Saint Joseph's College (7-6-1, 4-2-1 GNAC) blanked Norwich University (2-8-1, 0-6-1 GNAC), 3-0, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's soccer match on Friday evening.
Junior Hannah LeBlanc (Andover, Mass.), senior Kim Jordan (Bangor, Maine) and senior Sam Peters (Gorham, Maine) each scored for Saint Joseph's in the first half to stake the Monks to a sizable to what played out to be an insurmountable lead.
LeBlanc scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 11th minute when she banked her team-leading fifth goal of the season. The speedy junior took a pass from Peters and fired a shot toward the far post with her right foot. The ball bounced off the inside of the post and into the back of the net to put Saint Joseph's up 1-0.
The Monks struck again just over four minutes later when Jordan headed home a cross from Megan Ford (Pembroke, Mass.) in the 16th minute to make it 2-0 Saint Joseph's. Ford found Jordan with a perfect cross pass from the right side of the field and the senior midfielder did the rest by fending off a NU defender and heading the ball into the bottom right corner of the net.
Saint Joseph's made it 3-0 in the 34th minute when Peters blasted a shot over the head of NU starting goalkeeper Molly Miller (Raymond, Maine) to make it a three-point night for the senior midfielder.
Saint Joseph's outshot Norwich 23-10 and had 10 shots on goal to Norwich's two. Freshman keeper Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.) and sophomore Marina Cameron (Houlton, Mass.) combined for the shutout for the Monks. Troup and Cameron each had one save. Miller had four saves for Norwich and was saddled with the loss. Holly Lutz (Hamburg, N.J.) came on in relief and stopped all three shots she faced.
Both teams face conference opponents on Monday when Saint Joseph's travels to Rivier University of a 3:30 PM kick-off and Norwich hosts Johnson & Wales University at 7:00 PM.
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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.