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Roundup: Tampa nabs record-breaking win

No. 3 Saint Rose 3, Pace 0

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Saint Rose opened the scoring less than five minutes in and never looked back en route to a 3-0 Northeast-10 Conference victory versus Pace at Sullivan Field at the Plumeri Sports Complex.

In the process, the Golden Knights extended their season-long shutout streak to eight games and senior Jessica Gerski made one save in the first half to become the first keeper to record 50 victories.

Sophomore midfielders Amanda Vasquez and Jennifer Busk, and freshman forward Sammy Blizzard each scored their fourth goals of the year, while junior forward Meeghan Arno picked up an assist to lead the Saint Rose (8-0-0/5-0-0 NE-10) charge.

The Golden Knights, who are ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Poll for the second consecutive week, were never in any real danger. They manufactured a 28-7 shot advantage, including a 14-3 differential in on-target threats, and produced nine corners while allowing only two.

Vasquez buried what held up as the game-winner with a mere 4:28 elapsed when she connected on a direct kick from 20-yards out on the left side of the area. Blizzard then directed home a cross from Arno off the left flank with less than two minutes remaining until intermission to make it 2-0 Saint Rose.

Busk rounded out the scoring when she lined a shot to the short side from the left flank after Pace sophomore keeper Leslie Robertston could only deflect an initial shot off the foot of junior midfielder Kyra Meli.

No. 4 Tampa 2, Eckerd 1

TAMPA, Fla. -- Fourth-ranked Tampa overcame Eckerd by a score of 2-1 on Wednesday night at Pepin Stadium.

The Spartans improve to 10-0, a school record for consecutive wins, while the Tritons fall to 5-3 for the season.

A fast break by Shannon Walisch and a pass to Cici Gonzalez gave Tampa the early lead in the 14th minute of the match.  However, Eckerd soon got on the board with a penalty shot by Taylor Tippett in the 17th minute.

The Spartans dominated the first half outshooting the Tritons 16-3.  Keeper Alyson Gregorowicz snatched two saves to begin the game.

The tied game continued throughout the second half until the 88th minute of play.  Freshman Paige Smith roped a pass through a cluster of Tritons to Candice Shields for the game winning goal.

The Spartans stout defense held the Tritons to single digit shots only allowing eight for the game. 

No. 7 American International 4, New Haven 0

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- American International shutout its eighth consecutive game to start the season with a 4-0 Northeast-10 conference victory against New Haven on Wednesday night at Abdow Field.

With the win the Yellow Jackets improve to 8-0-0, 3-0-0 in the conference, while the loss drops New Haven to 5-1-3 overall, 3-1-2 in NE-10 play.

Junior Forward Caroline Boyce put AIC on the board at the 26:01 mark with a long shot from the left side of the pitch to the upper right corner of the net for her sixth of the season. Boyce's strike came after a frustrating offensive start where New Haven was doing a stellar job keeping AIC away from the net.

The Yellow Jackets wasted no time out of the halftime break when 2:11 in senior midfielder Roxy Lee-Stewart connected on a nice pass in front of the net from junior forward Sonia Basma. Basma sent it right down the goal line where it may have eventually curved in, but Lee-Stewart took no chance and rocketed the ball from point blank range to the back of the net.

Sophomore forward Alyssa Werbicki got her second of the season on a double-assisted ball crossed from left-to-right in front of the net by senior defender Alie Fitzsimmons and then headed by Lee-Stewart to Werbicki for the goal, extending the AIC lead to 3-0 in the 76th minute.

Basma was not finished, she broke away from the defense and surprised Charger goalkeeper Moriah Saidel with her speed, notching her eighth of the season right in front of the outstretched arms of Saidel.

The Yellow Jackets found their rhythm and outshot the Chargers 18-10.

AIC junior goalkeeper Samantha Tabak stopped four shots, while her counterpart Saidel made three saves.