EAST BOSTON, Mass. – The Norwich University women's soccer team gave up early goals in each half as it fell to Suffolk University, 2-0, on Wednesday night at James A. Sartori Stadium at East Boston Memorial Park. The victory pushed the Rams to 4-1-0 in GNAC action, while the loss dropped the Cadets' record to 3-7-0 overall and 2-3-0 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.
Cassandra LaBarbera took the ball deep into the Cadets' zone and fired a sliding cross that distracted Norwich's sophomore keeper Kim Watt (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) who made an attempt to thwart the effort, but the Ram's Julia Hunt found the rock and lifted it into the top left corner for the one-goal edge just three minutes into the action.
Norwich saw its best opportunity on a header with just under 15 minutes remaining the first frame. Senior midfielder Kaila Lemmer (Barnard, Vt.) jumped above the Rams' defense and connected on a perfectly placed ball, but a diving glove save by Allison Rodrigues forced a Cadets' corner kick. Off the corner, another prime header came for the visitors, but once again Suffolk's netminder was there to keep the 1-0 lead intact for the hosts at halftime.
On a Suffolk throw in, Norwich briefly gained possession, but could not maintain it. Addisyn Lanza then picked up the ball, beat a defender for a one-on-one with Watt and capitalized on her opportunity. The junior went right when the keeper went left and slipped the ball into the lower right corner less than five minutes out of the intermission to add to the Rams' advantage, 2-0.
After Lanza's strike, Suffolk saw a few more chances, but the Cadets defense backed up Watt to keep the margin at two goals.
Norwich exerted soem pressure late in the half. Similar to Norwich's defense Suffolk's back line stood tall as well not allowing Rodrigues to see a shot for the final 14 minutes to maintain the advantage and secure the victory.
Rodrigues turned aside all nine shots she faced picking up the clean sheet. Watt made two saves in the setback for the Cadets.
Norwich returns to the comfy confines of Sabine Field on Saturday as they gear up for an all-important GNAC matchup with Albertus Magnus at 1:00 p.m.