PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's soccer team (6-4-0, 5-2-0 CACC) handed Goldey-Beacom (8-2-1, 6-1-0 CACC) its first conference loss on Wednesday as the Rams shutout the Lightning, 1-0, from Ravenhill Field.
Freshman Sarah Patrignani connected with sophomore Emily Discavage for the first and only goal of the affair in the 12th minute of action. Patrignani played the ball up to the top of the box before passing it off to Discavage on the right half of the box. Discavage beat the Goldey-Beacom keeper, scoring on the far post, 1-0.
It came as Discavage's second career goal after scoring her first as a freshman in 2016. Patrignani's assist came as her second, tying her for the team led in 2017. The freshman also leads the Rams with 10 points on the campaign.
The defensive play of the Rams majorly contributed in the CACC victory on Wednesday. Anchored by the backline starting unit of junior Katie Neveil, freshman Kasey Schlupp and junior Morgan Foster, the Rams allowed just two shots in the first half, both of which were blocked by Jefferson defenders.
The second half saw the pace of the match slow as the Rams controlled the tempo. With Goldey-Beacom having trouble possessing and moving the ball up field, the Rams were able to outshoot the Lightning 10-4 in the final 45 minutes.
In total, Jefferson led shots in the contest, 19-6, including 9-3 on target.
Jefferson keeper Erin Tinneny (W, 6-4-0) earned her third shutout of the season and fifth of her career in the win. The junior from Collegeville, Pennsylvania made three saves, all in the second half, lowering her goals against average to 0.85 in seven conference matches.
The Rams now turn their attention to Concordia for a CACC affair on Homecoming Weekend this Saturday, Oct. 7 at noon from Ravenhill Field.