BOSTON, Mass. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's soccer team extended its shutout streak to an incomparable six games (560 total minutes), en route to a 1-0 victory over the Saints of Emmanuel College (EC) in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) contest at Roberto Clemente Field Wednesday night.
Junior forward Maxine Muscatello (Berlin, Conn.) scored the game's only goal in the 18th minute to propel USJ to its fifth victory of the season. The former Berlin High School Redcoat now has two goals and two assists on the season (tied for most on the team in assists). It was once again a showcase in defensive prowess, as the Blue Jays' backline stoutly defended their goal. Emmanuel had just three shots and one shot on goal in total the entire game.
Score: Saint Joseph 1, Emmanuel 0
Records: USJ 5-0-1 (2-0-1 GNAC), EC 2-4-2 (1-2-0 GNAC)
Location: Roberto Clemente Field | Boston, Mass.
COACH QUOTE [Jenna Kalwa] "We went into this game understanding Emannuel is a tough opponent. The game was a physical challenge and the first half was really anybody's game. Maxine [Muscatello] was able to find the net on a great feed from Emily [Remicio] giving us the lead we needed. Congratulations to the defense for maintaining another shutout. Victoria [Schaffner], Gabriella [Gulino], Tatiana [Bilbraut], Jenna [Banta], and Elizabeth [Garlock] continue to make the stops we need to earn them."
- Sophomore goalie Victoria Schaffner (Waterbury, Conn.) remains the only goalie in the GNAC with a 1.000 save percentage, and one of only nine goalies in the nation to do so.
- The Blue Jays have the second fewest saves in the GNAC (19), only further solidifying the backline defense in their quest to deny all offensive traffic on their side of the field.
- USJ is now 5-5-2 against EC since 2010.
NUMBER TO KNOW
0 – The Blue Jays remain the only team in the GNAC to not allow a goal this season. The shutout streak has now reached 560 straight minutes and they are one of seven teams remaining in Division III to not allow a goal on the season after this evening's contest.
USJ – Schaffner is credited with another win (4-0-1) in a full 90 minutes. She had one save on the night.
EC – Sophomore goalie Lexi Della Rocco (Chester, Conn.) was dealt the loss (2-4-2), allowing just the one goal early and making an additional two saves.
The Blue Jays will be back in action for a home GNAC match against the Lasers of Lasell University on Saturday, September 25. Kickoff is expected at 3:00 p.m. on the USJ Soccer Field.
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