Monks Sail Past Raiders, 3-0

Monks Sail Past Raiders, 3-0

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (8-2-1, 4-1-0 GNAC) cruised past Rivier University (2-6-2, 0-4-1 GNAC), 3-0, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's soccer contest at the SJC Athletics Complex on Saturday afternoon.


The Monks hit pay dirt just 2:25 into the game when sophomore Emma Auclair (Kittery, Maine) broke free for a breakaway near the top of the box placed a shot past Rivier senior keeper Kasey Smith (Hopkinton, N.H.). Junior McKenzie Murphy (West Baldwin, Maine) set up the opening strike with a well-placed through ball.

In the 26th minute freshman Madison Michaud (Presque Isle, Maine) doubled the hosts' advantage with another breakaway bid. Fed by a through ball off the foot of junior Madeline Wood (Madison, Maine), Michaud juked the Rivier netminder and tapped a shot to the right corner of the net for her fourth goal of the year.

The 2-0 cushion remained until the 48th minute, when sophomore Ashley Emery (Madison, Maine) let fly a beautiful kick to the top left corner while sprinting through the right side of the box. For Emery, the unassisted tally was her team-leading fifth goal of the season.


Saint Joseph's held the lead in shots (22-9), shots on goal (11-5), and corner kicks (3-1) in the victory.


SJC sophomore starter Adia Grogan (Kennebunk, Maine) improved to 7-2-1 on the season after making four saves in 74:39 minutes of shutout play. Senior Cori Balam (Lyndeborough, N.H.) completed the Monks' fourth clean sheet of the season after turning away one shot in the closing 15:21 minutes.

Smith made eight saves in the losing effort for Rivier.


With the victory Saint Joseph's improves to 11-2-0 all-time versus Rivier University and has now defeated the Raiders in eight-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2011 campaign.


Saint Joseph's will host GNAC-rival Norwich University on Wednesday at 6:30 PM.




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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at