PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Regis College could not stay as close to Johnson & Wales as it had 10 days ago, as the Wildcats defeated the Pride, 5-0, Saturday evening in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women's Soccer Tournament at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletic Complex.
The Pride created an early scoring chance with a corner kick opportunity in the 13th minute, but the shot by Alex Maher (Reading, Mass.) was blocked. The Wildcats responded one minute later, as Cat Nolan set up Alexis Vieira for the first goal of the match to put the home team on top.
Johnson & Wales (14-6) increased its lead to 2-0 on a goal by Jordan Restivo in the 29th minute. The Wildcats had three opportunities to further extend their advantage thanks to two shots by Caroline Wallace as well as one from Victoria Patriarca, but Regis goalie Ori Attridge (Westwood, Mass.) turned away all three attempts to keep the Pride in the match heading into halftime.
The Wildcats maintained their offensive pressure early in the second half, finally converting in the 60th minute when Chloe Henriksen scored off an assist from Vieira. The Pride responded with their own scoring threat in the 63rd minute, but a shot by Erin Filetti (Newburyport, Mass.) was stopped by Wildcat keeper Colleen Lynch.
The home team put the match away with two goals in the span of 3:26, starting with a goal by Jordan Petrucci in the 71st minute off an assist by Restivo. Then, in the 75th minute, Nolan scored a goal with Patriarca earning the assist on her tally, giving the Wildcats four players with one goal and one assist apiece in the contest.
Johnson & Wales outshot Regis, 12-7, including a 10-6 advantage in shots on goal, and Lynch collected six saves on her way to a clean sheet. The Wildcats will host fifth seed Lasell in the semifinals Tuesday, Nov. 5, as the Lasers defeated fourth seed Suffolk in overtime earlier Saturday, 3-2.
Regis concludes the 2019 season with an 8-10-1 overall record, finishing in a tie for sixth place in the GNAC regular season standings at 5-6-1 within the league.