PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's soccer team (4-5-0, 4-4-0 CACC) improved to .500 in league play after posting a 2-0 shutout victory over the Wilmington Wildcats (6-6-0, 5-2-0 CACC) on Tuesday afternoon from Ravenhill Field.
After a slow start to action on Tuesday as the teams combined for 18 fouls in the opening 45 minutes, Jefferson fired off nine shots in the first half. MaryKate Ulmer's shot got through in the 30th minute for her team-leading fourth goal of the campaign. Ulmer scooped up a loose ball in the box and put away the close-range shot for the score, 1-0.
Freshmen Sydney Williams and Alessandra DiStefano connected in the 41st minute to give the Rams a 2-0 advantage heading into halftime. Just beyond midfield, DiStefano played a through ball to Williams inside the 18 as the freshman kept her shot low to give the Rams a two-goal edge. It came as Williams' first collegiate goal and DiStefano's first career assist.
Wilmington doubled its shot output in the second half (from four to eight) as the Wildcats up their offensive pressure in the final 45 minutes of action.
The Jefferson defense, anchored by senior Katie Neveil, helped limit Wilmington to 12 shots in the contest.
Sophomore Danielle Samson (W, 2-0-0) started her second-consecutive game in goal for the Rams, posting her second-straight win and her first collegiate shutout. Samson stopped six shots in the victory.
Jefferson Women's Soccer returns to action Saturday, Oct. 6 for a homecoming matchup with the Caldwell Cougars to continue conference play. Play begins at noon.