PAXTON, Mass. - The University of Saint Joseph soccer team surrendered an early goal, but fought back and scored four unanswered to take down the Anna Maria Amcats in Great Northeast Conference action on Wednesday afternoon. With the win the Blue Jays improve to 6-9-1 overall on the season and 4-5-1 in GNAC play. The win also secures the Blue Jays a berth in the upcoming GNAC Tournament. It marks the 17th straight season USJ soccer has qualified for post-season play. Anna Maria slips to 2-13 and 1-9 in the conference with the loss.
Anna Maria's Ashley Bottis (Rutland, MA) got the Amcats on the board first when she took a ball off a defender, 35-yards out and fired a high floating shot over the outstretched arms of the Blue Jays' keeper. The goal in the 23rd minute was her fifth of the season.
Sophomore Riley Luba (Bristol, CT) would give the Blue Jays the equalizer and the game-winner, as she netted back-to-back goals in the 30th and 37th minutes. The markers were Luba's second and third to find the back of the net on the season.
USJ rounded out their first-half scoring, netting its third goal of the half on a goal by sophomore Amanda Ghent (Portland, CT), her second so far this year.
Ghent then scored her fourth goal of the season and the lone goal of the second half, as Sarah Palko (Southington, CT) fed her the ball off of a corner kick for her second assist of the day.
The Blue Jays held a 31-12 advantage in shots over Anna Maria and also held an 18-7 advantage in shots-on-goal over the 90-minute contest.
AMCAT keeper Kate Kneeland (Windham, ME) recorded 14 saves in net. Freshman Megan Ricci (Center Moriches, N.Y.) earned the win for the Blue Jays with a three-save performance in just under 60 minutes of action. She was relieved by classmate Hannah Meister (Hampton, CT) who tallied three saves in the final 30 minutes of action.
USJ will return to action next at home on Saturday, Oct. 22 with its final regular season match of the year. The Blue Jays will welcome Simmons to West Hartford for a 1 p.m. kickoff.