Women’s Soccer Falls to Saint Joseph’s, Tops Rhode Island


The Rams bounced back on Alumni Day against Rhode Island. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

Over the past week, the Fordham women’s soccer team continued its Atlantic 10 conference play with two matches. The first game was on the road, as the Rams traveled to Philadelphia to face Saint Joseph’s University.

Fordham didn’t get off to a good start. Within eight minutes, Saint Joseph’s scored the opener courtesy of Natalie Nevins who put the ball into the back of the Fordham net after some good team linkup. Fordham then looked for an equalizer and found it in the 22nd minute from a set piece.

Sophomore midfielder Ryann Lucas took the initial corner with senior forward Caitlin Kennedy able to lift the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net for her first goal of the season to tie the game at one apiece. Unfortunately, the score didn’t last for long. 40 seconds after, the Hawks retook the lead via Jiselle Daniels who took a shot from the top of the box to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.

Then, in the 35th minute, Saint Joseph’s doubled their lead courtesy of Mairin Boyle to make it a 3-1 scoreline. In the second half, the Rams were able to have a couple shots on target but were unable to get past Katie Cappelletti in the Hawks’ net. After 90 minutes of play, Fordham fell to Saint Joseph by the final scoreline of 3-1.

After that defeat, Fordham returned home for alumni day as they hosted the University of Rhode Island on Sunday. Unlike the Saint Joseph’s match, the first half didn’t see a flurry of goals. However, right before the end of the first half, Fordham took the lead via Lucas’s first goal as a Ram. She made a run and took a shot from 25 yards out which was blasted into the top right corner to give Fordham the lead.

Senior forward Kristen Cocozza scored later, after dribbling past the defense and taking a long shot which went into the back of the net for her third goal of the season. Rhode Island did claw one back in the 79th minute courtesy of Tali O’Leary, but Fordham ended any hopes of a comeback by scoring a third in the 87th minute. Junior forward Cambrie Arboreen was able to score her first collegiate goal from a long free-kick to seal the game for the Rams 3-1.
After these matches, Fordham’s overall record is 4-7-1 with their conference mark improving to 3-1-1. Their next match is this Sunday at home against La Salle University. The game is at 1 p.m. and can be streamed via ESPN+.