Sep 15, 2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Johnson & Wales University women's soccer team put two substantial losing streaks behind it with a 2-1 non-conference sudden-death overtime victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore Victoria Patriarca scored on her only shot of the game 11:31 into sudden death to allow Johnson & Wales (1-5) to its first win of the season and break a ten-game losing streak at the hands of Eastern (1-4).
Coming off last year's 14-7-1 finish, J&W had opened 2019 with five matches against stiff competition, with three of its opponents ranked regionally.
Eastern freshman Juliette Hogan's (Preston) first career goal coming on a cross from senior Stephanie Sanchez (Manchester) had given Eastern a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute, but Wildcat senior keeper Colleen Lynch shut Eastern out the rest of the way, finishing with seven saves in all.
After junior Olivia Cairrao tied the match for J&W less that three minutes into the second, Eastern sent a penalty kick wide midway through the period. Cairrao was credited with seven of her team's 20 shots.Eastern senior Erin Collins (Millis, MA) made ten saves.
After outscoring the Wildcats, 35-2 in winning the first nine matches of the series, Eastern prevailed, 1-0, last year despite being outshot 15-6. Collins made four saves in playing the second half of that game and winning her third match in three decisions.
Eastern hosts Smith College Wednesday at 6 p.m. in a non-conference match before opening its Little East Conference season Saturday at Massachusetts Dartmouth at 1 p.m.