WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - A pair of second half goals by the Emmanuel College Saints downed the University of Saint Joseph Blue Jays, 3-1, on Senior Day Saturday in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's soccer tilt on the USJ Soccer Field. Prior to the match USJ recognized its four seniors - Rachel Collett (Colchester, Conn.), Jessica Spezzano (Watertown, Conn.), Nicole Aquillo (Hebron, Conn.) and Shelby Tallman (Colchester, Conn.).
Score: University of Saint Joseph - 1, Emmanuel College - 3
Records: University of Saint Joseph Blue Jays (9-5-1, 7-4-0 GNAC), Emmanuel College Saints (10-6-1, 8-1-1 GNAC)
Location: West Hartford, Conn. – USJ Soccer Field
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Saints opened the scoring in the 25th minute to take a 1-0 lead on sophomore midfielder Natalie Dash's (East Hampton, Conn.) third goal of the year. Dash put home a rebound off a corner kick taken by classmate Kaylin Deschenes (Lynn, Mass.) to give EC the early lead.
- USJ evened the score at 1-1 at the 36:18 mark on a direct kick taken by senior forward Jessica Spezzano (Watertown, Conn.) from 28 yards out. She found the upper left corner of the net for her team-best 12th goal of the season.
- The score remained locked at one-all until the 70th minute when freshman midfielder Sydney Allen (Charlestown, R.I.) scored her first collegiate goal to put the Saints on top for good and make it 2-1.
- Sophomore defender Amanda Dziura (Lakeville, Mass.) added an insurance goal with 2:58 left to play in regulation on a rebound shot to the far post to seal the 3-1 win for Emmanuel.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Emmanuel outshot the Blue Jays by an 18-7 margin and also attempted six cornerkicks compared to just one by USJ.
- The win was the fifth in a row for the Saints who improve to 8-1-1 in GNAC play, securing no worse than the No. 3 seed in next week's GNAC tournament. A win in their GNAC finale against Johnson & Wales would move Emmanuel into the No. 2 seed.
- Sophomore goalie Alexis Gawron (South Hadley, Mass.) made three saves in net for the Saints to improve to 6-4 on the year in goal.
- USJ sophomore keeper Megan Ricci (Center Moriches, N.Y.) stopped seven shots and falls to 9-5-1.
- USJ concludes the regular season and will return back to the pitch next Saturday, Oct. 28 in the GNAC tournament as the No. 5 seed and head to fourth-seeded Saint Joseph's College (ME) for the Quarterfinal round. It marks the 18th consecutive season the women's soccer team has made it to the postseason tournament.
- The Saints return to action on Monday, Oct. 23 when they head to Salem, Mass. for a non-conference game vs. Salem State at 7 p.m.