BOSTON – With just under six minute remaining in regulation and zeros on the scoreboard, Alexandra Nagri was determined to end the game in regulation as the junior stuffed the ball into the back of the netting to lift Suffolk women's soccer over Eastern Nazarene, 1-0, Saturday afternoon at James A. Sartori Stadium at East Boston Memorial Park.
SCORE: Suffolk 1, Eastern Nazarene 0
RECORDS: Suffolk (1-1-0) | Eastern Nazarene (0-2-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Eastern Nazarene controlled the quality time of the first frame, but Suffolk turned up the volume in the second stanza. Ten of the Rams' 14 attempts came in the second 45 minutes, with six coming off the cleat of Nagri.
At the midway point of the second half, Nagri rattled an attempt off the cross bar, before Griselda Minchaca made a one-hand dive to stop the midfielder's shot just three minutes later. Nagri sent another shot Minchaca's way with under 14 minutes to go off a feed from Jessica Harmon, but the Lions' keeper's gloves made the save. The Rams' next best look was Harmon, who dribbled up the field nearly 60-yards on a breakaway, but once again Minchaca kept Suffolk off the scoreboard.
Following a high Eastern Nazarene shot, Suffolk burst down the field and finally connected thanks to set up from Madelyn Whipple and Harmon, Nagri put away the game winner at 84:13.
Whipple drew the defense to the 40-yard line and dished ahead to Harmon. Harmon then drew two Eastern Nazarene defenders to herself and found Nagri waiting on the right hand side to neatly sneak the ball past Minchace for the score.
KEEPING UP WITH THE KEEPERS
- Kirsten Weiker notched the first shutout of her career with eight stops.
- In her first action this season, Minchace made nine saves in the setback.
- The Rams notched their first shutout of the season and first since recording a cleansheet at Rivier October 11, 2014.
- Suffolk snapped a four-game losing streak against Eastern Nazarene and moved to 3-5-1 all-time against the Lions.
- Nagri registered her fourth game-winner of her career.
- Whipple recorded her first collegiate point with an assist on Nagri's game-winner.
Suffolk takes to the road for the first time this season as it visits Wheelock Wednesday, Sept. 7. Game time at Winsor Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.