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Women's Soccer Battles in Home Loss to Johnson & Wales

Photo Credit: Kayla Gosselin
Photo Credit: Kayla Gosselin

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Albertus Magnus College women's soccer team rallied but could not pull off a comeback in a physical 6-3 loss to Johnson & Wales University in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play on Wednesday evening at Celentano Field.

FINAL SCORE: Johnson & Wales 6 | Albertus Magnus 3
RECORDS: Albertus Magnus (4-3, 1-2) | Johnson & Wales (4-5, 2-0)

The Wildcats commanded the initial 36 minutes of tonight's showdown, scoring the first two goals of the game. Olivia Cairrao netted both goals, one in the 19th minute and one in the 28th minute.

Haley Andrews (Prospect, Conn.) put the Falcons on the board at the 36:42 mark with her fourth score of 2019. After being fouled in the box by the opposing keeper, Colleen Lynch, Andrews buried a penalty kick into the bottom left corner. Lynch was red-carded on the play and ejected, meaning JWU had to play the rest of the bout a woman down.

Leading 2-1 at the start of the second half, Johnson & Wales built its advantage to 4-1 with goals in the 53rd and 56th minutes. Cairrao tallied her hat trick on the Wildcats' fourth goal.

The Falcons began to rally in the 62nd minute with a Katherine Raposo (Warwick, R.I.) score cutting the deficit to two, 4-2. Streaking down the field, Sophia Austin (East Hartford, Conn.) found Raposo on the right side, where she beat a defender and the goalie to score.

Albertus' third goal of the game came with some confusion in front of the net. Andrews sent a crossing pass past the defense that Austin tipped to Mercedes Faust (Warwick, R.I.) for the score, slashing the Wildcats' advantage to one, 4-3.

Unfortunately for the Falcons, that would be their final goal of the evening, while Johnson & Wales added two more to secure a 6-3 victory. Cairrao netted the vistor's last two goals, giving her five on the day. 

Albertus: Cassidy Scofield (Shelton, Conn.) (L, 2-2) - 24 Shots on Goal | 6 Goals-Against | 18 Saves | 90:00
Johnson & Wales: Colleen Lynch (W, 4-1) - 0 Shots on Goal | 0 Goal-Against | 0 Save | 36:42
                               Liz Kenney - 4 Shots on Goal | 3 Goal-Against | 1 Save | 53:18

• The Wildcats owned a 33-7 advantage in shots and a 9-1 lead in corners.
• Tonight's game was a physical one, with both teams combining for 21 fouls – 11 on Albertus Magnus and 10 on JWU.
• Both teams received two yellow cards, with the Wildcats also earning the aforementioned red card.
• Andrews and Raposo finished tied for the team lead with two shots.
• Andrews accounted for two of Albertus' four shots on goal, with Raposo and Faust having one each.
• With the goal tonight, Raposo is up to a team-leading 11 on the year.
• Austin tied a season-high with two assists against the Wildcats, giving her a team-high tying six in 2019.

The women's soccer team hits the road on Saturday, Sept. 28, to face GNAC foe Rivier University at 1 p.m. Saturday's bout will begin a three-game road trip for the Falcons.

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