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Lasell Lands Women's Soccer First Loss In Grueling OT Thriller

Lasell Lands Women's Soccer First Loss In Grueling OT Thriller

WEST HARTFORD, Conn.  It was a dramatic end to the shutout streak, but it is officially over, as the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's soccer team suffered a heartbreaking, 1-0, overtime defeat at the hands of the Lasers of Lasell University (LAS) in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) contest on the USJ Soccer Field Saturday afternoon.

The Blue Jays went 654:27 without allowing a single goal to start the 2021 season, that was until graduate midfielder Erin Petrocelli (Hanover, Mass.) nailed her first goal of the season (and first since her freshman year) over the outstretched arm of sophomore goalie Victoria Schaffner (Waterbury, Conn.) on a setup by junior forward Alex Lorenzo (Pawtucket, R.I.) to send the Lasers bench into a frenzy, and the Blue Jays into astonishment. Both teams traded blows throughout the contest, the Blue Jays were less than a foot away from scoring a goal in traffic at the end of regulation, but it all came to a close in the 95th minute of overtime. It marks the first USJ loss of the season.

Score:  Lasell 1, Saint Joseph 0 (F/OT)
Records: LAS 4-2-0 (4-0-0 GNAC), USJ 5-1-1 (2-1-1 GNAC)
Location: USJ Soccer Field | West Hartford, Conn.

COACH QUOTE [Jenna Kalwa] "We were off today to be totally honest. That is not the performance we were expecting for a full 90 minutes. We definitely got it together and started to perform in the second half…in the first half we weren't awake, and you can't just show up for 45 minutes, you have to be there for a full 90. Lasell did a nice job capitalizing on that. If we are going to take a loss, let's take it now, and let's learn from it."


  • Lasell outshot USJ, 16-6, but the Blue Jays bested the Lasers on corner kicks, 5-4.
  • Junior forward Maxine Muscatello (Berlin, Conn.) had three legitimate shots on goal, including a header late, but none were able to find the back of the net.
  • The Blue Jays are now 2-12-2 against Lasell since 2010.


0.17 – With just one goal allowed and a 0.17 Goals Against Average, Schaffner remains the top goalie statistically in the GNAC.


Senior goalie Angela Sanzari (North Haven, Conn.) was impressive in her own right, picking up a shutout in a complete game, and notched four saves in the match on her way to the win (2-1-0).

USJ – Schaffner suffered her first collegiate loss (4-1-1), allowing her first-ever goal in the full 94+ minutes of work, sending back four shots.

The Blue Jays will be back in action for a home GNAC match against the Monks of Saint Joseph's College of Maine on Wednesday, September 29. Kickoff is expected at 4:00 p.m. on the USJ Soccer Field.

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