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Soccer Bounces Back with 4-0 Win

Soccer Bounces Back with 4-0 Win

MANSFIELD, Conn. – Senior Patricia Nolan (Portland, Conn.) had two goals and an assist and sophomore Sara Barnick (Watertown, Conn.) scored twice to lift the University of Saint Joseph soccer team to a 4-0 victory Saturday over Manhattanville College at the Warrior Classic, hosted by Eastern Connecticut State University at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Saint Joseph (1-1) dominated from the outset, threatening no less than five times in first 20 minutes before Nolan finally broke through, knocking in a header from in close off a cross from Emily Burke (Windsor Locks, Conn.) at 28:11. The goal was the first of three in a ten-minute stretch for the Blue Jays. Barnick took a cross from Nolan and scored at 36:59 and Nolan scored her second at 38:17 on an unassisted 18-yarder under the crossbar.

Manhattanville (1-1), coming off a 1-0 win over Fitchburg State Friday, was held without a shot through the first 18 minutes. USJ sophomore Melissa Dodge (Watertown, Conn.) made two saves for her 10th career shutout in her first appearance of the 2013 season.

Barnick scored the final goal with under 13 minutes to play, assisted by Dayna Gambino (Newington, Conn.). USJ outshot Manhattanville, 23-6. The teams had traded 1-0 wins in the Warrior Classic each of the past two seasons.

"It's a great tournament to start the season," USJ coach Chris LeGates said. "We played two quality teams and to come out 1-1 is OK. It's good preparation for the upcoming GNAC schedule."

St. Joseph next plays at Mitchell, Wed. Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. The Blue Jays' home opener is Mon. Sept. 9 against Bay Path at 4 p.m.