The College’s women’s soccer team traveled to Kean University last Saturday and capitalized late to hang on for their first tie of the year. The Cougars scored on a corner kick early in the second half to take the lead 1-0.
The Lions thoroughly dominated the stat sheets by compiling 27 shots to the Cougars’ seven, and creating more scoring chances on 17 corner kicks to the Cougars’ four. After peppering the net with 10 shots over the course of the game, junior forward Allyson Anderson finally put the College on the board by connecting with a corner kick in the 78th minute.
The women also had more than a few serious scoring opportunities after tying the game up, even having a goal called back by an offside call from the referee.
On Wednesday, they traveled to Hoboken to take on Stevens Institute of Technology and finished with a frustrating tie, very similar to the game against Kean.
Junior midfielder Amy Van Dyk scored early on in the contest to give the Lions the lead. The College kept pressure in Stevens’ defensive half, accumulating 33 shots on the day. Despite many scoring chances in both regulation and overtime, they finished with their second consecutive tie.
On Saturday, the team returned to the College for its homecoming game and abruptly ended their goal-scoring frustrations.
The Lions’ offense erupted with a six-goal performance. Scoring early and often, they built a three-goal lead in the first thirteen minutes of the contest. Goals were scored by sophomore defender Lauren Giles, senior midfielder Brittany McGinley and Van Dyk. Jersey City responded with a goal on a nice counterattack in the 14th minute.
After that, the College went back to controlling the game, with McGinley scoring her second goal of the game in the 17th minute.
Freshman forward Leigh Applestein scored the first and second goals of her college career in the last 15 minutes to cap off the Lions’ dominant performance.
“We were just glad to finally put the ball in the net like we should be,” junior midfielder Kyra Janeczek said. “It seemed like we were controlling games and the shots just weren’t going in. It feels good to see us put our chances in the net.
The women will travel to Glassboro on Wednesday to take on rival NJAC power Rowan University in what should be a very competitive battle.