BOSTON, Mass. - Junior keeper Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) set the school-record for saves in a season but it was not enough as the University of St. Joseph's (CT) defeated Newbury College women's soccer, 5-0 this afternoon at Hellenic Field. Blue Jay senior forward Jessica Spezzano (Watertown, Conn.) paced the victors with a goal and three assists.
USJ (6-2-1) shelled the Newbury end of the field with 50 shots, 28 of which were on goal. Spezzano was credited with 11 shots and junior midfielder Sarah Palko (Southington, Conn.) fired 10 times. The Nighthawks could only muster one shot on goal on the afternoon.
The scoring began in the fifth minute when junior midfielder Morgan Skoly (Vernon, Conn.) was left wide open in the middle of the box, led by a touch pass from Spezzano. Less than two minutes later, it was Alyssa Fecko's turn to be assisted by Spezzano to build the advantage to 2-0. The Nighthawk defense would withstand the offensive barrage through the first frame keeping the score at 2-0 at the break.
The second half featured 29 shots from the Blue Jay offense including a score in the 57th minute from Spezzano who was assisted by junior midfielder Amanda Ghent (Portland, Conn.). In the 83rd minute, freshman midfielder Caroline Mackey (East Lyme, Conn.) riffled home a loose ball in front of the goal mouth. Spezzano was not done as she assisted on the final goal of the match in the 89th minute by feeding junior midfielder Rileigh Luba (Bristol, Conn.).
For Newbury, Sass registered 23 saves and, in the process, set the new standard for saves in a season with 181 in nine games. Anastasia Tridenti was the previous record holder with 163 in 17 games in 2008. Sass is the NCAA Division III leader in saves and saves per game (20.1).
The Nighthawks (1-8) will return to the pitch on Saturday when they welcome Southern Vermont College to Hellenic Field for an NECC tilt. Kickoff will commence at 3pm.