PORTLAND, Maine – Johnson & Wales University (3-0-0, 1-0-0 GNAC) topped Saint Joseph's College (1-2-0, 0-1-0 GNAC), 2-0, in what was the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) opener for both programs in women's soccer action at Deering Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The conference rivals played scoreless until the 36th minute, when Johnson & Wales sophomore midfielder Molly McCormack (Livingston, N.J.) found the back of the net off an Olivia Cairrao (Bristol, R.I.) corner kick. The Wildcats doubled their lead just over eight minutes later, when junior Deja Hursey (Columbia, Md.) buried a one-timer off a Kyra Seiner (Sterling, Va.) cross.
Saint Joseph's senior Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.) made four saves in a losing effort while JWU sophomore Colleen Lynch (New Milford, Conn.) notched three stops in a shutout performance.
Johnson & Wales held advantages in shots (14-6), shots on goal (6-3), and corner kicks (4-2) on the evening.
- Junior Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine) and freshman Kenzie Murphy (West Baldwin, Maine) accounted for 2/3 of the Monks' shots with two apiece
- JWU sophomore midfielder Cat Nolan (Center Moriches, N.Y.) led all players with four shots
With the loss, Saint Joseph's falls to 2-7-4 all-time versus Johnson & Wales University, a team the Monks have not defeated since September 14th, 2013. The Wildcats have now defeated the Monks in five-consecutive meetings.
Saint Joseph's is right back at it tomorrow when the team plays a non-conference contest at UMaine-Farmington starting at 2:00 PM.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.