St. Joseph Blanks Bears

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Junior forward Patricia Nolan scored two goals and became the first player in school history to go over 100 career points as the University of Saint Joseph soccer team defeated Coast Guard 3-0 Tuesday in a non-conference game.

Saint Joseph, which won the regular-season title in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), finished the regular season 13-2-1 overall. Coast Guard dropped to 2-13.

Nolan entered the game with a school-record 42 career goals and 14 assists for 98 points. The Blue Jays wasted little time getting on the scoreboard and Nolan to the century mark Tuesday.

USJ freshman Sara Barnick played a ball up the left wing off the opening kickoff and fed Nolan with a perfect cross. Nolan tapped the ball in the lower right side of the goal from a few yards off the goal line to put Saint Joseph up 1-0, just 19 seconds into the game.

Saint Joseph kept up the pressure early, but could not capitalize and maintained the one-goal edge into halftime. The Blue Jays missed an opportunity to expand on their lead when a penalty kick from Katie Mirabella sailed over the goal in the 17th minute. USJ outshot Coast Guard 12-4 in the first half and Coast Guard keeper Devin Fellman made eight first-half saves.

Mirabella got another chance to score 7:50 into the second half and made good on this one. She picked up a loose ball following a scramble and put it inside the right post from five yards for her seventh goal of the season and a 2-0 lead.  

Nolan scored her team-leading 13th goal of the season at 13 minutes even into the second half for the final margin. She again took a cross from the wing, this time from Mirabella into the center of the box and scored from 12 yards.

Saint Joseph freshman Melissa Dodge made seven saves for the shutout. Fellman finished with 14 saves for the Bears.

"A disorganized defense led to an early goal for St. Josephs and gave them good momentum," said Coast Guard head coach Susan Grant. "We had a tough time communicating and connecting on our passes, which kept us on our heels the majority of the match. I certainly hope we pick ourselves up, work hard the rest of the week, and bring a solid team effort in our last game of the season on Saturday."

Saint Joseph next plays Sun. Oct. 28 when it hosts a GNAC quarterfinal game against an opponent to be determined. Coast Guard finishes its regular season hosting WPI Sat. Oct. 27 at noon.

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