Milton, Mass. - The University of Saint Joseph soccer team suffered a 2-0 loss to the Curry College Colonels on Satuday afternoon at Walter M. Katz Field. The loss evens the Blue Jays record at 1-1, while the Colonels improve to 2-0 on the season.
The Colonels controlled play most of the first half, outshooting St. Joseph 13-4 over the first 45 minutes. Curry landed 10 of its 13 shots on net, forcing USJ freshman goalkeeper Megan Ricci (Center Moriches, NY) to make some tough saves. Curry's senior goalkeeper Morgan Stott (Dartmouth, Mass.) faced no shots in the first half. Junior midfielder Cassandra Grasso (Wilmington, Mass.) led the Curry offense with four shots, while junior forward Jessica Spezzano (Watertown, Conn.) led the Blue Jays with two shots.
Curry also controlled the majority of the possession to start the second half and eventually broke through when senior midfielder Kelly Parker (Bradford, Conn.) would fire a shot from outside the 18-yard box and bury it in the back of the net. Junior Hannah Wells (Whitman, Mass.) had the assist.
Just four minutes later, senior forward Kaitlyn Lima would fire a shot from just outside the 18-yard box and beat the keeper high and to the far side to extend the Colonels lead to 2-0 at the 67:47 mark.
The Blue Jays responded and looked to get on the board with 14 minutes left with a 2-on-1 rush up the field, but Stott stood tall and made a big save on a point-blank shot. St. Joseph's continued to keep up the pressure, but the Curry defense tightened up and kept the opposing offense at bay to record the shutout.
Stott was credited with the win, finishing with three saves on three shots. Freshman goalkeeper Hannah Meister (Hampton, Conn.) was credited with the loss, making five saves on seven shots. Ricci finished with ten saves on ten shots.
The Univeristy of St. Joseph soccer team returns to action next on Tuesday afternoon when they welcome Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Kick-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.