BOSTON - Junior Olivia Cairrao helped lead the women's soccer team to their tenth straight win and an 8-0 record in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference with a goal and assist each in a 2-1 win at Emmanuel on Tuesday night.
JWU: 10-5, 8-0 GNAC
EMM: 6-8, 5-3 GNAC
Cat Nolan: 1 goal
Olivia Cairrao: 1 goal (game-winner), 1 assist
Molly McCormack: 1 assist
Colleen Lynch: 9-2 record, 4 saves
Lexi Gawron: 3-7 record, 3 saves
A play that started with Molly McCormack and was passed over to Olivia Cairrao ended up off the head of Cat Nolan and in the back of the net just 3:22 into the contest at Roberto Clemente Field. The Wildcats carried the one goal lead, 8-3 edge in shots and 3-1 advantage on corner opportunities into the half.
Cairrao connected on her conference-leading 16th goal of the year off a pass from Chloe Henriksen that pushed the Wildcats ahead by two, with just over 23 minutes left in regulation. JWU kept attacking goal with 11 shots in the second half alone but three key saves by the Saints keeper kept them within striking distance. Sydney Allen was able to tally her second of the year on Emmanuel's second corner of the match to bring the hosts to within one with under seven remaining. Smart play by the Wildcats kept the shot attempts to a minimum to close out the match with the 2-1 victory.
Cairrao's goal brought her within one of her career-best, which she set her first year with the Wildcats in 2017. The Wildcats as a team have surrendered just nine goals in their win streak and three in their last five contests.
"Always happy to come away with a good road win against a solid team like Emmanuel." - Coach Chris Flint
Coach Flint's squad now has their focus on their weekend matchup against Rivier on Saturday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. This will be the Wildcats senior day as well as Homecoming & Family Weekend for the campus which will bring current families and alumni to campus.