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Soccer Team Knocked Out of GNAC Tournament

Soccer Team Knocked Out of GNAC Tournament

BOSTON, Mass. – The fourth-seeded Emmanuel College women's soccer team defeated No. 5 University of Saint Joseph 3-0 Saturday afternoon in a quarterfinal game of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament at Clemente Field.

The Blue Jays finished the season 10-5-3. Emmanuel (10-7-3) advanced to a semifinal game at top-seeded Lasell Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Just ten days ago, the two teams battled to a scoreless overtime tie in a regular-season game in West Hartford. But Saturday's game was much different as Emmanuel outshot USJ, 19-1.

Emmanuel senior forward Lindsey Garvey (Warwick, R.I.) broke the ice with a goal at 28:17 to give the Saints a 1-0 lead they would take into halftime.

Emmanuel's Hannah Konicki (Milford, Conn.) got two great looks early in the second half, but USJ goalkeeper Melissa Dodge (Watertown, Conn.) was there to stifle both opportunities. The Saints pressure would ultimately prove too much as Donandrea Myette scored in the 61st minute for Emmanuel Maggie Carey scored in the 78th minute as her shot would ricochet off the post and into the net. Dodge finished with 11 saves for the Blue Jays.

USJ won at least 10 games for the sixth year in a row, eighth time in the past nine years and qualified for the GNAC tournament for the 14th consecutive season.

"It was another great season and we continue to raise the bar," St. Joseph coach Chris LeGates said. "We'll keep working hard and keep working to get more quality student-athletes into USJ with the goal of winning a GNAC championship."