NEW YORK — Junior co-captain Christina Caruso (Astoria, N.Y./St. John's Prep) brought the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) women's soccer team to within one goal with a perfect strike on a direct free kick, but the Bears fell short in the collegiate debut for Head Coach Gary Lawson, dropping a 5-1 decision to John Jay College in their season opener at the Big Apple Classic.
- Final Score: John Jay 5, St. Joseph's 1
- Records: John Jay (2-0), St. Joseph's (0-1)
- Location: New York, N.Y.
- Field: Randall's Island Field 84
How It Happened
- A pair of Bloodhound goals from Kayla Talbot in the 13th and 35th minutes put the hosts up 2-0, but the Bears responded one minute later with a beautiful strike from Christina Caruso from about 20 yards out on a direct free kick that put the Bears at a one-goal deficit.
- John Jay snuck in a late goal just before the intermission to go up 3-1 and tacked on two more goals in the final 45, dictating most of the play, also aided by the wind in their favor for the second half.
- The Bloodhounds held the Bears to just a pair of shots over the contest and finished with a 24-2 shot differential.
For the Bears
- Caruso's goal was the 11th of her career.
- Nilevi Irizarri recorded the only other shot for the Bears.
- Kristen Candelaria made 11 saves in her first start in goal after playing as a field player last season.
Made my coaching debut for @SJCBears. Despite not getting the result we hoped for, I am proud of the start we've made. Love the journey!— Gary Lawson Soccer (@grlawson) September 4, 2016
The Bear Facts
- The goal is the first scored by the Bears, snapping a seven-game scoreless streak to end last season.
- John Jay levels the all-time series at 1-1 after St. Joseph's captured the first meeting 2-0 in October 2013.
Next up for St. Joseph's
The Bears will resume a five-game road stretch to open the season heading to the Garden State to face Rutgers-Newark in a non-conference affair at 7:30 p.m. Links to the live video webcast of the game (via Rutgers-Newark) will be available on SJCBears.com