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LeGates Gets Win No. 150

LeGates Gets Win No. 150

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior midfielder Dayna Gambino (Newington, Conn.) had two goals and added three assists as the University of Saint Joseph soccer team defeated Mitchell 7-0 Wednesday at Alumni Field.

Sophomore forward Emily Burke (Windsor Locks, Conn.) scored her first two goals for USJ and had one assist. Senior forward Tiana Saraceno (Plainville, Conn.) had a goal and an assist and senior forward Patricia Nolan (Portland, Conn.) and sophomore midfielder Sara Barnick each had a goal.

USJ improved to 2-1 overall on the season; Mitchell was playing its season opener.

The victory was the 150th career win for 17th-year USJ Coach Chris LeGates. His overall record is 150-113-21. He is the all-time winningest women's soccer coach in the history of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference and has been named GNAC Coach of the Year an unprecedented five times.

"First of all, it means I've been around a long time," LeGates joked. "But you get a little retrospective and think about all the players over the years."

One former player, Jasmine (Tinker) Zubek, a midfielder at Saint Joseph from 2002-05, was on the opposing bench as an assistant coach for Mitchell.

"She was one of the key pieces when we started to turn the program around," LeGates said. "So it was cool having her there. You look at how long the first 100 took [12 years] and you realize what a great run we've been on. It's humbling. I'm honored to coach here, to have been able to coach so many great players and work for the past eight years with a tremendous assistant, Jess Gildea."

Saint Joseph took the early lead behind a goal from Barnick in the 10th minute, her third of the season. Gambino sent a pass through the midfield that Barnick tracked down, and after cutting back past a defender, she buried a shot from inside the box. Nolan then made it 2-0 in the 18th minute on a header off a cross from Katie Mirabella (Seymour, Conn).

The Blue Jays led 2-0 at halftime and added five goals in the final 28 minutes of the game. Gambino scored from 25 yards out on a laser of a shot that snuck in under the crossbar in the 63rd minute, and again in the 70th off a nifty heel flick pass from Burke. Gambino also assisted on goals by Saraceno and Burke — 57 seconds apart in the 68th minute — while Burke completed the scoring with her second of the contest with 66 seconds remaining.

Saint Joseph held a commanding 37-1 edge in shots. USJ sophomore Melissa Dodge (Watertown, Conn.) wasn't tested and picked up her second shutout of the season.

Saint Joseph next plays at Western Conn. State Univ., Sat. Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. The Blue Jays play their home opener Mon. Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. against Bay Path.