Written by Andrew Capitelli (SJC-LI Sports Information)
Teaneck, NJ Sophomore Christina Gagliardi scored a hat trick and broke the program's single-season goalscoring record as the St. Joseph's College (L.I.) women's soccer team (9-7, 5-3 Skyline) cruised past Yeshiva University, 10-0, in Skyline Conference action at Votee Park on Friday morning.
Entering the game with 15 goals this season, Gagliardi, who was tied with Angie Merante (2007) and Chelsea Bellini (2015) for most goals in a single-season, extends the record to 18 goals with one game remaining in the regular season. Additionally, the forward, now with 60 career points, moves into second all-time.
Gagliardi's record-breaking goal came in the 36th minute when she redirected senior Kristin Carroll's cross from the left in the 36th minute to extend SJC's lead to 3-0. The Ronkonkoma, NY native added tallies in the 54th and 57th minutes.
Junior Leah Vasquez opened the scoring in the fifth minute and Carroll, who netted her seventh goal of the season, doubled the lead in the 12th minute.
Two minutes after Gagliardi's first goal, senior Megan Locke scored her first-career goal when she beat the Yeshiva keeper from outside of the box.
Carroll made it 6-0 less than one minute into the second half before Gagliardi's consecutive marks put the guests up 8-0. Junior Rebecca Walsh and freshman Carly Credidio wrapped up the scoring with goals in the 62nd and 73rd minutes, respectively.
SJC keeper Juliana Cintron Leonardo played all 90 minutes and made four saves in a match that saw her side outshoot its opponent 36-6. Of those 36 shots, Gagliardi was credited with 15.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Wednesday, October 25 when they host SUNY Maritime for Senior Day. The match, which begins at 4:00 pm, will be preceded by a ceremony celebrating SJC's four graduating seniors. Live video and stats for the contest will be available here.