MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph soccer team was shut out on the road, 5-0, by the Wesleyan Cardinals on Jackson Field on Wednesday afternoon. The non-conference loss drops the Blue Jays record to 5-8-1 overall on the season, while Wesleyan improves to 3-5-3. USJ will try and bounce back when they return to action next on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Emmanuel in a key Great Northeast Athletic Conference match.
The Cardinals' Mo Nelson netted a pair of goals for the home team to power Wesleyan to victory. Wesleyan's offense was in control from the opening whistle as they were able to break out to a commanding 3-0 lead just 20 minutes into the first half and take that lead into halftime.
Sarah Sylla dribbled past the Blue Jays' defense and passed the ball to Meg Harrop who found the corner of the net at 5:02 for the early 1-0 Wesleyan lead. Just over three minutes later, Nelson netted her first goal of the season as she took a pass from Nicole Galli and put the ball past USJ's freshman netminder, Megan Ricci (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches), for the 2-0 advantage. Sylla would round out the first half scoring for the home team with her goal at 19:35. Harrop registered the assist on Sylla's goal to send the Cardinals into the break with a 3-0 lead.
Just over three minutes into the second half, Nelson netted her second goal on the day as she used some fancy foot work to weave through the defense and get the ball past Ricci for the 4-0 lead. Anne Coyle would wrap up the scoring for the Cardinals as the senior scored her first career goal at the 78:03 mark. Nola Neri accounted for the assist on the play, as Wesleyan would go onto claim the 5-0 win.
Wesleyan held a significant advantage in shots in the match, including a 17-4 advantage in shots on goal. Junior Jessica Spezzano (Watertown, CT/Watertown) led the Blue Jay offense with three total shots, two on goal, in the setback.
Claire Coyle picked up the win in net for the Cardinals making one save. Ricci suffered her sixth defeat of the season, but did post an impressive 12 saves in the loss. Her record now stands at 5-6-1 overall on the season.
USJ will try and bounce back when they return to action next on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Emmanuel in a key Great Northeast Athletic Conference match. Kickoff is slated for 12 noon.