Lions advance to NJAC Finals with shutout at home

The Lions got some vengeance with a 3-0 win over William Paterson in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) semi-finals on Tuesday evening. After losing to the Pioneers in the regular season, the women’s varsity soccer team was able to dominate the field in order to win the game.

Tim Lee / Photo Editor
Tim Lee / Photo Editor

“Any win feels good,” said head coach Joe Russo. “We played for the whole 90 minutes tonight and we didn’t get knocked down.”

The Lions will now move on to face Richard Stockton College in the NJAC finals on Friday.

“It was a close game last time,” Russo said. “But we are going into the finals ready to play.”

Freshman forward Allyson Anderson led the game with two goals, helping the Lions to take the 3-0 lead after sophomore defender Annie McCarthy put the first goal in the back of the net only 11 minutes into the game. The assist for McCarthy’s goal came from freshman midfielder Amy Van Dyk’s corner kick, who also assisted Anderson in her second, and the last, goal of the game.

Not only did the Lions gain another win, but senior captain goalkeeper Jessica Clarke collected another shut out, as well, adding to her school record of shut outs in the team’s history.

“It felt really good to beat William Paterson after losing to them,” said Clarke. “We set a tone for the NJAC’s and we’ll bring the same intensity in the finals that we did tonight.”

The Lions will host the Ospreys in the NJAC finals on Friday, Nov. 6.