STANDISH, MAINE - The Simmons College women's soccer team earned 2-0 shutout over host Saint Joseph's College (Maine) this afternoon in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference match on Westerlea Way Field in Standish, Maine. The Sharks improve to 2-4-2 overall and 1-1-0 in league play, while the Monks fall to 4-5-0 and 1-1-0.
With neither side posting a multitude of scoring opportunities early, Simmons netted what turned out to be the game winner in the 25th minute. Following a free kick, freshman forward Erin Montambault (Watertown, Conn.) gathered a bouncing ball inside the 18 and placed a kick past the Saint Joseph's keeper, who abandoned the back line in an attempt to clear.
Simmons effectively put the game out of reach in the 76th minute when junior forward Greer Gilbert (Falmouth, Mass.) potted her third goal of the fall after gathering a rebound in close proximity to the net. Freshman defender Gabriella Davis (Duxbury, Mass.) started the play with a well-placed corner kick from the right and an initial shot taken by sophomore Ali Berkman (Natick, Mass.) was denied with a nice sprawling save by freshman keeper Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.), but the rebound landed on the foot of Gilbert, who belted a shot to the left panel of the net to provide the visitors with a 2-0 cushion. Gilbert had entered the game just three minutes prior as a substitute for Elise Nothacker (Philadelphia, Pa.).
Overall, Simmons owned slight advantages in shots (12-11) and corner kicks (5-4) on the afternoon. Sharks' junior netminder Briana Hayes (Manorville, N.Y.) made a pair of saves to record her second shutout of the season and 10th for her career.
Simmons returns to action on Friday, September 26 when it hosts GNAC foe Rivier University on Winsor Field at 7:00 p.m., while St. Joseph's plays again on September 27 when it hosts GNAC-rival Albertus Magnus College at 1:00 PM.