ALBANY – The College of Saint Rose punched its fourth consecutive ticket to the NCAA tournament semifinals with a dominating 1-0 victory against second-ranked California (Pa.) (20-1-2) on Sunday. The 10th-ranked Golden Knights displayed their offensive firepower as the nation’s top-scoring club, while holding the second highest scoring team in check in a national quarterfinal encounter at Sullivan Field at the Plumeri Sports Complex.
Saint Rose generated a 25-4 advantage in shots, including a 9-1 differential in on-target threats, and engineered seven corner kicks, while yielding only one.
Senior forward Gianna D’Errico struck with the game’s lone goal with 47:59 elapsed, just two minutes after her twin sister and senior midfielder Nicola D’Errico rattled the post.
Sophomore forward Carmelina Puopolo developed the play from the right flank where she slipped a pass to senior midfielder Kimberly Morton who found D’Errico in the area. D’Errico subsequently slotted her shot into the right corner from 10-yards out.
Saint Rose continued to pressure the rest of the way and Nicola D’Errico was victimized by the frame again when she nailed the crossbar with 79:08 gone by.
The Golden Knights wound up testing California (Pa.) senior keeper Paula Jackson four times in the first half and five more in the second to force her into eight saves in order to keep the Vulcans within striking distance. Meanwhile, sophomore Jessica Gerski was called upon to make only one save for Saint Rose.
Saint Rose has now outscored its last nine opponents by a 33-2 margin since its lone defeat this season, a 3-0 setback at Merrimack back on October 15.