Courtesy of athletics.sjfc.edu
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The St. John Fisher College women’s soccer team only needed one goal to blank Alfred University, 1-0, in their 2021 home opener at Growney Stadium. With the victory, the Cardinals better their overall record to 2-1, while the Saxons fell to 0-2 in their abbreviated spring schedule.
The two squads duked it out in the midfield for the majority of the first half as possession was nearly impossible to withstand. Fisher did get more opportunities on the Alfred cage, as the Cardinals fired eight shots towards the target as opposed to the Saxons’ two.
The game’s lone goal came off the foot of Carli Kovarik just before the match’s 43-minute mark. Fisher newcomer, Alexis Goassage, beat her defender in open field and found a back-cutting Kovarik who made a detailed dribble move before sending a right-footed strike past the Alfred keeper. The goal was the junior’s second of the year and the Cardinals’ fifth of the spring season.
The deadlock continued into the second half of play, but the visiting Saxons ramped up their chances to even the score, as Alfred registered five shots and five corner kicks to the Cardinals seven shots and three corner kicks.
With just three minutes left to play, the Saxons had their best chance to strike after they were awarded a corner kick, but the Fisher back line of Jessica Aldred, Hanna LaRocca, and Chandler Stephany reversed the ball to the home side of the field.
Senior keeper Lila Platt registered all 90 minutes in net for the Cardinals, saving all four of the Saxons’ attempts on goal.
Of Fisher’s 15 shots, Gossage led the squad with four targets, while Kovarik and Becky Mack had three each. Isabella Guarracino and Kayla Rhude both shot twice and Lakin Woodward rounded out the efforts on goal with one.
The Cardinals will finish out their extremely abbreviated home schedule on Tuesday, March 30 when they host Nazareth for an Empire 8 contest and Senior Night beginning at 7 P.M.