DaGraca Header Puts St. Joseph's Over Southern Maine 1-0

Taylor Canastra
Taylor Canastra
GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) scored in the 22nd minute and junior Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater,Mass.) made eight saves to lead the St. Joseph's (Maine) College Monks to a 1-0 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women's soccer game Wednesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

            Suffering its second straight loss, Southern Maine drops to 3-4 overall.  St. Joseph's evens out its record at 4-4-1 with the win.

            DaGraca scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season when she headed in a lofted cross off of the foot for junior Emily DeLuca (Gorham, Maine) for the game-winner.  DeLuca earned her first assist of the season off of a set piece, lifting the ball off of a corner and finding DaGraca for the far post goal.

            Troup made the Monks' one-goal advantage stand turning in a strong performance.  Troup made four saves in each half, including a diving effort in the closing minutes of regulation off of the foot of Husky freshman Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine).   Kalilwa nearly had the equalizer putting two moves on her defender to create some shooting space and striking the ball to the near post forcing Troup into action.

            Husky sophomore Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) also turned in a strong performance for USM in the loss, making seven saves, including five in the second half.  Canastra kept the Huskies within one goal of the Monks with several key saves, including a sliding stop in the 56th to deny DaGraca a one-on-one opportunity in the box.

Southern Maine hosts Little East Conference opponent Keene State College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in its next contest.

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