Nolan Tops 100-point mark in 3-0 Win
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Junior forward Patricia Nolan (Portland, Conn.) scored two goals and became the first player in school history to go over 100 career points as the University of Saint Joseph soccer team defeated Coast Guard 3-0 Tuesday in a non-conference game.
Saint Joseph, which won the regular-season title in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), finished the regular season 13-2-1 overall. Coast Guard dropped to 2-13.
Nolan entered the game with a school-record 42 career goals and 14 assists for a record 98 points. The Blue Jays wasted little time getting on the scoreboard and Nolan to the century mark Tuesday.
USJ freshman Sara Barnick (Watertown, Conn.) played a ball up the left wing off the opening kickoff and fed Nolan with a perfect cross. Nolan tapped the ball in the lower right side of the goal from a few yards off the goal line to put Saint Joseph up 1-0, just 19 seconds into the game.
Saint Joseph kept up the pressure early, but could not capitalize and maintained the one-goal edge into halftime. The Blue Jays missed an opportunity to expand on their lead when a penalty kick from Katie Mirabella (Seymour, Conn.) sailed over the goal in the 17th minute. USJ outshot Coast Guard 12-4 in the first half and Coast Guard keeper Devin Fellman (New Port Richey, Fla.) made eight first-half saves.
"We got off to a great start, scoring 19 seconds into the game, then lost our way a little bit," Saint Joseph coach Chris LeGates said. "In the second half, we came out with a real good commitment to finish the game well and we did. Coast Guard plays in one of the 2-3 best conferences in New England and for us to do well against them is a major accomplishment for us."
Mirabella got another chance to score 7:50 into the second half and made good on this one. She picked up a loose ball following a scramble and put it inside the right post from five yards for her seventh goal of the season and a 2-0 lead.
Nolan scored her team-leading 13th goal of the season at 13 minutes even into the second half for the final margin. She again took a cross from the wing, this time from Mirabella into the center of the box and scored from 12 yards.
"I'm thrilled for Patty to become the first player to achieve the 100-point milestone at Saint Joseph," LeGates said. "We drive her hard and she's become a very good player by pushing herself. We're all very proud of her."
Saint Joseph freshman Melissa Dodge (Watertown, Conn.) made seven saves for the shutout. Fellman finished with 14 saves for the Bears.
Saint Joseph had its school-record 13-game unbeaten streak snapped Saturday, but extended its home field unbeaten streak Tuesday to 14. The Blue Jays are unbeaten at home since the final game of the 2010 season. Saint Joseph is 13-0-1 the past two years at home, having gone 7-0 last season and 6-0-1 this year.
Saint Joseph next plays Sun. Oct. 28 when it hosts a GNAC quarterfinal game against an opponent to be determined.
The game was filmed by CPTV Sports, which will initially air the game Thur. Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. CPTV Sports can be found on Cable systems and channels: Cablevision 139, Comcast 185, 187 or 744, Cox 805, Charter 233 or 234, Metrocast 418 and Thames River 87. It is also available via over the air digital at: 24.3 (WEDH, Hartford), 49.3 (WEDW, Bridgeport), 53.3 (WEDY, Norwich) and 65.3 (WEDY, New Haven).