EAST BOSTON, Mass. – Freshman Sierra Romie (Newington, Conn.) scored the game-winning goal in the 54th minute to lift the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's soccer team to a 2-1 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) victory on the road over the Suffolk University Rams on Saturday afternoon at East Boston Memorial Park's James A. Sartori Field. The win marks the first GNAC triumph of the season for the Blue Jays as they improve to 3-4-0 overall and 1-3-0 in the league, while the Rams slip to 2-4-0 and 2-2-0. The USJ women's soccer team will be back in action next at home on Wednesday versus the Johnson & Wales Wildcats beginning at 4:00 p.m.
The scoring started in Suffolk's favor with the Rams in transition, as sophomore Caleigh O'Brien (Wilbraham, Mass.) converted on a go-ahead pass from classmate Addisyn Lanza (Madison, Conn.) just 5:11 into the match. On the breakaway, O'Brien drew USJ's junior goalkeeper Megan Ricci (Center Moriches, N.Y.) out of the net and powered a shot to the back of the net for an early edge for the hosts just over five minutes into the action.
Freshman Rylee Snow (West Greenwich, R.I.) leveled the playing field in the 38th minute. Dribbling through traffic in the middle of the field, Snow powered in her first goal of the season on a wide kick that Suffolk's netminder, freshman Allison Rodrigues (North Andover, Mass.), made a dive for, but fell just short to put ones on the scoreboard heading into the halftime intermission.
Saint Joseph organized out of the locker room and put Rodrigues to work right away to start the second period. USJ's persistence paid off as the Blue Jays found themselves in front at the 53:06 mark as Romie turned a breakaway into her first goal of the season for what would be the eventual game-winner.
Romie's strike proved to be the difference maker as Suffolk could not find its way on the board for the remainder of the way.
Ricci earned the win between the pipes for the Blue Jays thanks to a four-save performance to improve to 3-4-0 on the year. Rodrigues put together a six-save effort but was dealt the loss for the Rams.
USJ held an advantage in total shots, 15-9, and shots on goal, 8-5, while the Rams held a slight edge in corner kick opportunities, 5-4.
The USJ women's soccer team returns to the pitch next on Wednesday at home versus JWU. The Blue Jays and Wildcats are slated to kickoff at 4:00 p.m. on the USJ Soccer Field.