PROVIDENCE, RI – Visiting Suffolk University scored a goal in the final eight minutes of the GNAC women's soccer tournament quarterfinals to upset second-seeded Johnson & Wales University. The seventh-seed Rams pulled off the 2-1 victory over the Wildcats on Sunday.
Johnson & Wales: 15-3-3
Kristen Weiker (SUF): 10 Saves, 1 GAA
Jennifer Martin (SUF): 1 Goal (GW)
Cat Nolan (JWU): 1 Goal
The Rams opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Erika Nelson headed in the crossing pass from Alexandra Nagri. Less than 10 minutes later, JWU got the equalizer. Forward Kyra Selner (Sterling, Va.) sent the ball into the box from the right side and Cat Nolan (Center Moriches, NY) redirected it past the Suffolk keeper.
Even though rain hampered the rest of the game, the Wildcats had plenty of chances to take the lead. After the goal, JWU put 10 shots on goal but Suffolk goalkeeper Kirsten Weiker turned all of them away. A Wildcat foul deep in JWU territory gave the Rams a free kick. Jennifer Martin snuck the ball into the opposite corner for the deciding goal with 7:39 remaining.
Johnson & Wales had a 20-8 advantage in shots, including 11-5 on goal. Selner took a team-high five shots.
Suffolk moves on to the semifinals and will travel to Albertus Magnus on Wednesday.