NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Freshman Alyssa Fecko (Stafford, Conn.) found the back of the net in the 79th minute to lift the University of Saint Joseph Blue Jays over intrastate foe the Albertus Magnus College Falcons, 2-1, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's soccer tilt at Celentano Field on Wednesday evening. The victory improves USJ's record to 9-4-1 overall on the season and 7-3 in GNAC play, while AMC slips to 4-7-1 and 3-6-1.
The Blue Jays got on the board early in the first half when senior Jessica Spezzano (Watertown, Conn.) knocked home a pass from junior Morgan Skoly in the 18th minute of play to make it 1-0. The goal was the 11th marker of the season for Spezzano which pulls her into a tie for the team lead with junior Amanda Ghent (Portland, Conn.).
Albertus Magnus would answer right back before the half as Amanda Montano (North Haven, Conn.) found the back of the net for her third goal of the season after a deflection off a Blue Jay defender at the 30:07 timestamp.
That would set up for the eventual game-winner in the 79th minute when Fecko placed the ball over the Falcons keeper off a pass from Spezzano to secure the conference win.
Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Ricci (Center Moriches, N.Y.) stopped three of the four shots she faced for the Blue Jays in the win, while junior keeper Lexie Fenn (Oakville, Conn.) made a total of seven saves between the pipes for the Falcons.
Along with her goal and assist, Spezzano recorded a team-high 10 shots, including six on goal. Four different player for Albertus Magnus registered at least two shots. The Blue Jays held the edge in shots, 18-10, including a 9-4 edge in shots on goal. Albertus Magnus won the battle in corner kicks, 7-3.
The USJ soccer team returns to action this Saturday, Oct. 21 at home against Emmanuel for its regular season finale. The GNAC showdown between the Blue Jays and Saints is set to begin at 1 p.m. and it will be Senior Day on the USJ Soccer Field as the Blue Jays will honor their four seniors prior to the match.