Lions remain undefeated after blowing out Raiders

The women’s soccer team remains undefeated this season after last Wednesday’s 3-0 win against Rutgers University-Camden and Saturday’s 8-1 pounding of Rutgers University-Newark.

With a 3-0-1 record in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, the Lions are currently ranked second. Their overall record stands at 6-0-2.

The Lions took control early in Wednesday’s win over Rutgers-Camden. Junior forward Christine Mullin scored only eight minutes into the game off a pass from sophomore forward Jamie Kunkel.

In the second half, junior forward Dana DiBruno netted her fourth goal of the season, assisted by sophomore defender Laura Delaney and junior Courtney Krol. Finishing off the evening was freshman Kristina Shemming, who scored off a pass from DiBruno in the 72nd minute.

Freshman goalkeeper Jessica Clarke did not need a save to complete her fifth shutout of the year.

“The team has a mentality of playing hard, regardless of the opponent or the score,” Delaney said. “We look to win by the greatest margin possible.”

The Lions took that mentality The women’s soccer team remains undefeated this season after last Wednesday’s 3-0 win against Rutgers University-Camden and Saturday’s 8-1 pounding of Rutgers University-Newark.

With a 3-0-1 record in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, the Lions are currently ranked second. Their overall record stands at 6-0-2.

The Lions took control early in Wednesday’s win over Rutgers-Camden. Junior forward Christine Mullin scored only eight minutes into the game off a pass from sophomore forward Jamie Kunkel.

In the second half, junior forward Dana DiBruno netted her fourth goal of the season, assisted by sophomore defender Laura Delaney and junior Courtney Krol. Finishing off the evening was freshman Kristina Shemming, who scored off a pass from DiBruno in the 72nd minute.

Freshman goalkeeper Jessica Clarke did not need a save to complete her fifth shutout of the year.

“The team has a mentality of playing hard, regardless of the opponent or the score,” Delaney said. “We look to win by the greatest margin possible.”

The Lions took that mentality into Saturday’s game at Rutgers University-Newark, resulting in a dominant 8-1 final score. The Lions scored even earlier this time with a fourth minute goal from sophomore Jillian Casey, assisted by DiBruno. DiBruno followed with a goal of her own by finishing a cross from junior midfielder Kristen Cubicciotti seven minutes later. Shemming closed out the half with an unassisted goal, her fifth of the season.

The barrage continued in the second half with a 47th minute goal from Mullin off a loose ball shot. Junior Lori Adriance and freshman Briann McDonough each netted a goal from the 18-yard line to put the Lions up 6-0.

A Scarlet Raiders goal during the 69th minute ended the Lions’ 700-minute shutout streak that began in the first half of the Lions’ first game this season. The lone goal was scored by Jess Sapienza and was unassisted.

The night was capped off by sophomore midfielder Nicole Papola and junior midfielder Christine Cavallo, who each finished crosses to give the Lions an 8-1 decision.

“It was a good team effort,” Papola said. “Eight different girls scored and everyone played to their potential.”

“Our ability to score goals is a direct result of our players getting more comfortable with each other,” head coach Joe Russo said.

Lions sophomore keeper Kristina Kuda recorded two saves during her 23 minutes in net. Clarke, who played the first 67 minutes of the game, kept her personal scoreless streak alive. She has not allowed a goal in 689 minutes of play.

“She is very vocal and keeps us under control,” sophomore defender Coleen Weber said of Clarke. “She does a good job of distributing the ball and keeping us organized.”

The Lions’ next home game will be Saturday at 1 p.m. against Kean University at the College’s soccer facility.