NEWTON, Mass. – University of Saint Joseph sophomore Melissa Dodge (Watertown, Conn.) made a key save with under three minutes left in overtime as the Blue Jays played Lasell to a 0-0 tie Saturday in a GNAC game at Lasell.
USJ is 7-3-1 overall and 3-1-1 in GNAC action, Lasell is 7-2-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the league. The result was a good one for USJ as Lasell entered the game ranked 10th in New England in the latest National soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.
"It was a real hard-fought college soccer game played by two rivals," St. Joseph coach Chris LeGates said. "They pushed, we pushed, they pushed, we pushed. At the end of the day a 0-0 result isn't bad. It was a great game, physical, intense."
Lasell held a 17-13 advantage in shots on the afternoon, however USJ placed 11 of its shots on goal compared to only six from the Lasers. Dodge made six saves in the match, while freshmen Gina Grimes (Pelham, N.H.) made 11 saves for Lasell in her first career start.
The first half of action was largely contested in the midfield, with USJ putting Lasell on its back foot and winning the possession battle while Lasell held a 6-2 edge in shots. The second half saw the game open up with both teams creating more chances and getting out on the break. USJ had the best opportunity of the match through the first 58 minutes of play when senior Patricia Nolan (Portland, Conn.) found space on the break and beat a Lasell defender to create a one-on-one with the Lasers keeper. Grimes closed the space and made a sliding stop on Nolan's shot to keep the contest scoreless.
In the 108th minute of play Lasell nearly ended the action when Kayla Lynch's (Dover, N.H.) low shot headed for the bottom right corner of the net. But Dodge lunged back, snaring the rolling ball inches before it crossed the line to preserve the draw.
St. Joseph next plays at Albertus Magnus College, Wed. October 9 at 4 p.m.