Fordham goalkeeper Kelly LaMorte denied a late Manhattan opportunity. (Photo courtesy of Fordham SID)
RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Kristen Cocozza broke a scoreless tie with her first career goal in the 80th minute, giving the Fordham University women a 1-0 win over Manhattan College in the annual “Battle of the Bronx” at Gaelic Park Thursday night.
The Rams (1-2), who defeated their foes for the sixth consecutive time, outshot Manhattan (0-3), 14-3, in the first half. But none would crack the scoreboard as Manhattan goalkeeper Camryn Nici made six saves.
It wasn’t until the 80th minute until the Rams broke through with the lone goal of the game. Morgan Busacca played a ball into the box from the right side, which deflected off Margaret Roughley in front to Cocozza. Cocozza knocked it home.
The Jaspers had one final scoring opportunity in the 90th minute, as a long ball was put on goal by Gemma Perez and punched away by goalkeeper Kelly LaMorte. Another shot was blocked, giving a corner kick to the Jaspers. However, the corner was cleared.
LaMorte finished with three saves to record her first shutout of the season, the 11th of her career. That moved her into fourth place on Fordham’s career shutout list.
Fordham visits Hofstra Sunday at 1 p.m.