EAST BOSTON – Suffolk women's soccer shutout Albertus Magnus, 2-0, Wednesday night behind goals from Carley Pearce and Caleigh O'Brien and standup goaltending by Allison Rodrigues at James A. Sartori Stadium at East Boston Memorial Park.
SCORE: Suffolk 2 | Albertus Magnus 0
RECORDS: Suffolk (8-4-0, 6-3-0 GNAC) |Albertus Magnus (7-5-1, 4-4-1 GNAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Suffolk put three attempts on target over the first 15 minutes, but wouldn't break through the scoring until Albertus Magnus made a switch in net with Cassidy Scofield taking over for Sammara Streater. With a fresh set of gloves on the pitch, the Rams took advantage. Scofield bobbled Alyssa Barahona's shot and Pearce was there to pick up the pieces. From just outside the goal on the right the sophomore slid the rock to the lower left to put the blue-and-gold on the board in the 20th minute.
The hosts took their one-goal lead into the locker room and saw a chance to extend the margin 10 minutes into the second stanza. Suffolk began to pick apart the Falcons defense with passes in a zig zag from Barahona to Addisyn Lanza to a cutting O'Brien right in front. Once O'Brien picked up the ball, she booted it right at the net, but Scofield turned it aside to hold Suffolk at one marker.
Suffolk continued to pepper Scofield. The Falcons' netminder picked up all the shots that were put on her to keep Albertus Magnus within striking distance.
The Rams' offensive attack limited Albertus Magnus' scoring chances with the visitors taking just fiveshots with just a pair making its way to Allison Rodrigues. Suffolk's sophomore keeper gobbled up the attempt she saw, which came in the 70th minute, and another late strike that came just outside the two-minute mark to help secure the shutout.
With under a minute to go, O'Brien added insurance for the blue-and-gold with a one-timer from the 10-yard line to push the score to 2-0 Suffolk.
KEEPING UP WITH THE KEEPERS
- Rodrigues finished the evening with seven saves.
- Scofield registered six saves over 73:24 of action.
- Streater made three stops in the first 16:36 of the outing.
- Pearce and O'Brien were responsible for Suffolk's scores with Barahona handing out the lone assist on the night.
- The Rams outshot the Falcons, 20-14, including an 11-7 advantage in shots on target.
- Suffolk had four corners compared to Albertus' one.
- Suffolk defeated Albertus Magnus for the second straight season, marking the first time the Rams achieved successive victories over the Falcons since 2010 and 2011.
- The Rams improved to 6-8-1 versus the Falcons.
- All six of Suffolk's victories over Albertus Magnus have come in shutout fashion.
- Overall, 12 of the 15 meetings between the Rams and Falcons finished in a cleansheet.
- The Rams kept their sixth opponent off the scoreboard this season.
- The five shutouts are the most for Suffolk in a single campaign since matching that number in 2016.
- The six league wins are the most for the blue-and-gold since matching that number in 2013 (6-5).
- Rodrigues recorded her sixth shutout of the year, 10th of her career.
- Pearce scored her second goal of the season.
- Barahona registered her first collegiate assist.
Suffolk heads to West Hartford, Connecticut, Saturday, Oct. 19 for a battle at Saint Joseph (Conn.). Game time is set for 12 p.m.