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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's soccer went down in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday afternoon, as a late goal from the defending Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year Mo Hawkins sent the St. Joseph's Hawks to a 3-2 victory at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Despite the first career goal from Quinnipiac freshman Jessica Fontaine (Enfield, Conn.) and a goal from Quinnipiac senior Aine McKeever (Derry City, Ireland), SJU erased a 2-0 deficit with three unanswered goals, which included the game-winning marker with just 4.3 seconds left in regulation.
Quinnipiac had dominated for much of the game and showed positive signs moving forward. "For 80 minutes the intensity and the discipline were there; we scored two decent goals and were well composed at times, but we've got to defend better in the last 10-15 minutes,"said Quinnipiac Head Coach Dave Clarke.
Fontaine and McKeever provided the offense for the Bobcats in the first half with Fontaine scoring off an assist on a set-piece from McKeever in the third minute. McKeever would score a goal of her own off a free kick just outside the box in the 19th minute.
The Bobcats would end the half up 2-0, but Saint Joseph's would pick up offensively in the second half. The Hawks were able to capitalize on a penalty kick in the 78th minute by Emily Gingrich (Shillington, PA). Gingrich was not finished as she went on to score the game tying goal just 33 seconds later.
With the clock winding down in the second half Mo Hawkins (Philadelphia, PA) went on an all or nothing run from midfield into the box and put one into the top left corner with 4.3 seconds left on the clock. The goal was the first on the season for the 2012 A-10 First-Teamer.
In her second start of the season Natalia Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.) made five saves on the day for the Bobcats while Lauren Jancuska (Fairfax,Va.) made three saves for the Hawks.
The Bobcats return to action on Friday, September 6th at 5 PM when they host the second of their three game home stand against the Brown Bears of the Ivy League.