PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Playing under the lights Friday night in Philadelphia, the George Mason women’s soccer team fell on a late goal from Saint Joseph’s in Atlantic 10 Conference action. The Hawks broke through with less than 15 minutes left in the contest.
With the loss, Mason dipped to 7-9-1 overall and 4-3 in A-10 action with one game left in the regular season. SJU improved to 7-7-3 and 3-3-1 in league action.
The conference foes played through a scoreless first half as Mason registered four shots, two from Cardoso, and Saint Joseph’s took seven shots. After the Hawks attacked early, Mason saw its first shot come from Sarah Hardison in the 16th minute of play. Cardoso threatened in the 37th minute as the Hawks blocked the shot before Emily Harvey tried to finish less than a minute later, forcing goalkeeper Lauren Jancuska into the only save of the period.
After four saves from Lyndse Hokanson in the first seven minutes of the second half, Kelly Pizzingrilli tried to put Mason in the lead with a shot on goal in the 64th minute, but the defensive battle continued as Jancuska made the stop. Pizzingrilli gave Mason a solid opportunity to score in the 74th minute, but the shot hit the crossbar and rebounded out of play.
Saint Joseph’s broke through at the 75:38 mark as Emily Gingrich converted a shot from the top of the box to find the upper right corner for the home squad’s 1-0 lead. Mo Hawkins tried to cushion the Hawks’ lead less than two minutes later, but Hokanson came up with the stop to keep it a one-goal contest.
For the game, SJU held a 16-6 shot advantage over Mason and placed six shots on goal. The Hawks also won the edge in corners, 8-4. Pizzingrilli and Cardoso each led Mason with two shots apiece.
Mason closes out the regular season on Sunday, November 3 facing La Salle at 3 p.m.