Cats maul Gators, 4-0

CHESTNUT HILL, MA – The Johnson & Wales offense was held scoreless but briefly, exploding for three goals in the final 11 minutes of the first half in a 4-0 victory over Pine Manor in Great Northeast Athletic Conference women’s soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Hedley Field.

                The Gators squandered what looked like two opportune chances to take a lead at 19:00, when two loose balls in the opposing keeper box on consecutive possessions were recovered by the Wildcats, with the Gators failing to get off a shot. Eight minutes later, the Wildcats offense, held to six goals over its six games prior to Saturday, then took center stage.

                At 34:07, Gators goalkeeper Colleen Tencza (South Meriden, CT/Platt) stoned leading scorer Samantha Reynolds’ (Plymouth, MA/North) breakaway attempt, only for the ball to deflect to Colleen Marasco (Endwell, NY/Maine-Endwell) who beat Tencza for her first goal of 2009.
                The Wildcats went up 2-0 just minutes later, when Stefania Cubelli (Norwood, MA/Norwood) added her first score of the season, beating Tencza from 25 yards to the bottom left corner of the net. Reynolds, who ranks among the GNAC leaders in goals and shots, gave Johnson & Wales an insurance goal with her seventh at 42:36.

                Held to a single shot in Wednesday’s loss to Norwich, Pine Manor was outshot 13-3 in the first half, after which the Gators trailed 3-0.

                Johnson & Wales got a fourth and final goal in the 69th minute, when Marasco’s second of the game deflected in off the cross bar.

                On the day, the Cats outshot Pine Manor 30-7 despite Pine Manor’s 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. Tencza made a game and season-high 11 saves.

                The Wildcats improve to 5-1-0 (3-1-0 GNAC), while Pine Manor falls to 2-5-1 (0-4 GNAC). The Gators travel to St. Joseph’s (ME)  to take on the Monks on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.


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