Lady Saints face Badgers in out-of-conference season opener

Lady Saints face Badgers in out-of-conference season opener

RUTLAND, Vt. - Fall sports teams have officially wrapped up their preseasons and eagerly await their game debuts; the College of St. Joseph's women's soccer team makes theirs on Sunday at home versus the Johnson State Badgers. The game kicks off at 1 p.m.

Having not faced off in recent history - the last scheduled match-up was in September of 2009, and the game was cancelled - Sunday's game is difficult to predict an outcome for.

CSJ has three players returning from the 2016 season: senior defender Jane Cretella (Naugatuck, Conn.), junior midfielder Elizabeth Turco (Windsor, Vt.) and junior defender Doris Rodrigues (Pawtucket, R.I.). The trio, under the leadership of Yankee Small College Conference Coach of the Year Teri Perry, will aim to improve upon last year's season, which ended without a win.

The Fighting Saints will look to focus on defending the Badgers' returning top goal-scorer and point-earner Kylie Aither, a senior from Hyde Park, Vt.  Aither scored 12 goals for the Badgers last season alone, and has accumulated a total of 33 goals and 79 points in her three years as a starter.

Starting in goal, freshman Samantha Beaudreault will work to keep Aither and the rest of the Johnson squad off the scorecard.