PHILADELPHIA, PA - Sophomore Samantha Fiorenzo scored the game-winning goal with :44 seconds remaining in regulation as the Iona College women’s soccer team defeated Saint Joseph’s, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at Finnesey Field.
"I'm so proud of our girls and how they battled today," said head coach Mike Barroqueiro. "After a match on Friday (Temple) where we felt like we let a result slip away, I'm happy with how we responded. St. Joe's is a very good team and to create opportunities like we did - get a shutout and find a way to win on the road, I think it's another great step for our young squad. I'm proud of my Gaels!"
Fiorenzo’s tally came late in game as the Iona forward buried away a rebound after her initial shot was blocked by a defender deep inside the box. Prior to the goal, there was a combined three shots on target by both sides; allowing junior Trista Rivera to complete her first shutout of the season after making just two save.
Saint Joseph’s (3-3-1) finished with an 8-3 edge in shots, with two of the three Iona attempts reaching goal. Iona's other shot sailed wide by junior Melissa Frederick in the 86th minute.
Iona (2-3-1) will remain on the road, but will now head east on I-95 to meet Yale on Friday evening at 7 p.m.