PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A pair of goals from freshman Olivia Cairrao (Bristol, R.I.) provided all of the offense that the Johnson & Wales University women's soccer team needed to defeat the University of Saint Joseph, 2-0, in a clash between two teams who were undefeated in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon. It marks the first loss of the 2017 season for the Blue Jays who slip to 5-1-1 overall and 4-1-0 in the GNAC, while Johnson & Wales improves to 6-2 overall and remains unbeaten in league play at 4-0. USJ will look to bounce back when they host Curry College on Monday at 4 p.m.
Johnson & Wales wasted little time getting on the board 3:54 into the first half. Senior Kyra Selner (Sterling, Va.) dribbled past two defenders then slid the ball to Cairrao who looped it over the USJ keeper from 20 yards out to put the Wildcats 1-0.
Cairrao then struck for her second goal at the 66:09 mark in the second half. Junior Deja Hursey (Columbia, Md.) had her shot stopped, but recovered the rebound and got it to Cairrao for her second goal of the match. The freshman leads the GNAC with 10 goals on the year.
The Wildcats dominated the game as they outshot the Blue Jays, 24-5, including 10-1 on goal. Johnson & Wales took 10 corner kicks while limiting USJ to just one. Keeping the Blue Jays in the game was sophomore goalkeeper Megan Ricci (Center Moriches, N.Y.) as she made eight saves on the afternoon.
The USJ soccer team will look to rebound when they host Curry College on the USJ Soccer Field on Monday. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.