STANDISH, Maine – Junior Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) scored three second-half goals to power the St. Joseph's College Monks to a 5-0 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women's soccer game Monday night at the SJC Athletic Complex.
Suffering its third loss in as many games, Southern Maine is now 2-4 on the season. St. Joseph's College improves to 4-3 overall winning its second straight game, both by shut out.
The Monks led 1-0 at the half on senior Emily DeLuca's (Gorham, Maine) unassisted goal in the ninth minute, before DaGraca rattled off a hat-trick to put the game away. Maintaining a 1-0 lead, SJC went up 3-0 on a pair of DaGraca goals in a two-minute span. DaGraca doubled the Monks' advantage in the 58th minute and then made it a three-goal margin in the 61st off of assists from senior Lauren Stiles (Gorham, Maine) and junior Colleen Sheehan (Medway, Mass.) respectively. DaGraca recorded her third goal of the game in the 70th minute to notch the hat trick, before Brenna Smith concluded the scoring with a goal in the 74th for the 5-0 final.
The Monks held a 23-3 advantage in shots and a 4-2 lead in corner kicks. Southern Maine junior Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) made eight saves in goal. Senior Brooke Troupe (East Bridgewater, Mass.) earned the win making one save in 75:05 of action. Freshman Madi Day (Hiram, Maine/Sacopee Valley) closed out the final 14:55 and did not face a shot.
Southern Maine hosts Rhode Island College on Saturday (1 p.m.) in a Little East Conference game.