Newton, Mass. - Sophomore Morgan Skoly (Vernon, CT/Rockville) found the back of the net in the 38th minute to lift the University of Saint Joseph soccer team to a 1-0 victory over the Mount Ida Mustangs in USJ's Great Northeast Athletic Conference opener on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Blue Jays improve to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in GNAC action, while Mount Ida slips to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
Skoly netted the eventual game-winner at the 37:14 mark of the first half. Junior Jessica Spezzano (Watertown, CT/Watertown) sent in a cross from the left side of the field that found Skoly as she was able to poke it past the Mount Ida goalkeeper for her second marker of the 2016 season.
The Blue Jays dominated play throughout the entire game and finished outshooting the Mustangs 29-1. They held a 16-0 shot advantage at the break and then outshot the Mustangs 13-1 in the second half. They also held a significant 7-0 advantage in corner kicks throught the entirety of the match.
USJ freshman goalkeeper Megan Ricci (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches) recorded her first collegiate shutout between the posts for the Blue Jays. She faced just one shot and improves her record to 2-1 overall on the year with the victory. Mustangs goalkeeper Annamarie Seiler (Biddeford, ME/Biddeford) made 13 saves in the loss.
The USJ soccer team will be back in action next on Monday afternoon as they return home for a non-conference tilt against Newbury beginning at 4 p.m. on the USJ Soccer Field.