STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (2-2) defeated Thomas College (0-3), 3-1, in non-conference women's soccer action at Westerlea Way Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Saint Joseph's possessed the ball for the lion's share of the contest and held a considerable 34-3 advantage in shots with a 14-0 lead in corner kicks in the victory. Sophomore Emily Thornton (Westbrook, Maine) set up the first goal of the contest, a Desiree Parent (Westborough, Mass.) tally in the 14th minute, and doubled the Monks' cushion when she netted the second goal of her collegiate career at the 28:22 mark. Junior Sarah Comtois (Lowell, Mass.) closed out the SJC ledger with her team-leading third goal of the season, off an Emily Moreau (Litchfield, N.H.) feed, in the 52nd minute.
Freshman Kayla Bess (Madison, Maine) put the Terriers on the board with her first collegiate marker in the 58th minute.
For Saint Joseph's, junior Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.) allowed a goal and made a pair of saves in 71 minutes while freshman Cori Balam (Lyndeborough, N.H.) was untested in 19 minutes of relief. Thomas senior Paige Leary (Palermo, Maine) faced 10 shots and registered 10 stops over 90 minutes in goal.
On the left side of the box, Parent received a flicked on lead pass from Thornton and slipped a shot past Leary near post
Comtois, dribbling down the left sideline, set up the Monks' second strike with a well-placed left-to-right feed across the goal mouth – and under a dummy attempt by Parent - to the foot of Thornton, who tapped the ball over the goal line; the play was not originally called a goal, but having seen the ball cross the line the AR ruled in favor of the hosts
Comtois got in on the scoring action in the 52nd minute with a strike, taken from just outside the 18 on the right, to the top left corner just beyond Leary's reach
4. 57:25 TC Kayla Bess (unassisted)
Bess took advantage of a defensive breakdown to put her team on the board, as the first-year midfielder slipped through two defenders and, in a 1v1 play with Troup, placed a kick to junior keeper's right
With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 36-6 in the history of the series with Thomas College and has now defeated the Terriers in 20-consecutive meetings dating back to the 1998 campaign.
Saint Joseph's kicks off Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play Saturday with a 1:00 PM home contest versus Albertus Magnus College while Thomas play at University of Maine-Fort Kent on Saturday at 2:00 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 474-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.