Women’s soccer extends winning-streak

By Christine Houghton
Staff Writer

Adding to its six-game win streak, the women’s soccer team was able to pick up two additional wins this week. Playing away at York College on Wednesday, Sept. 3, the team held a 1-0 shutout and held Kean University to the same score at home on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Now falling to 4-7, York has been added to the list of teams dominated by the College’s defense.

In the first half, the team shutout York in shots by 6-0, but could not get the ball in the net.

The College’s hard work finally paid off in the 53rd minute with a kick in off a rebound by freshman forward/midfielder Nikki Butler, marking her fifth goal of the season.

Junior defensemen Nora Burge, Ally DeRiggi and Jen McGrogan, with sophomore midfielder Faith Eichenour, held the Lions’ defense tight against York, allowing zero shots on goal, compared to the team’s nine against York.

McGrogan hustles past Kean’s defense. (Miguel Gonzalez / News Editor)

Junior goalkeeper Nicole DiPasquale helped seal the deal this game, achieving her fifth shutout of the season and the sixth for this year.

The College, now nationally ranked sixth by the NCAA in the division III group, achieved its seventh straight win on Saturday, Oct. 6 in Lion’s Stadium against Kean University. Kean helped the Lions improve to 9-1 overall and remain undefeated in their conference.

Holding to its consistently strong defense, the College held Kean to a 19-0 shutout in shots in the first half.

Finally scoring in the 57th minute, senior midfielder Arielle Curtis cashed in on a penalty kick, giving the Lions their only point of the game, and her third for the season.

Dominating her position yet again, DiPasquale locked down the College’s goal, securing the team’s seventh shutout of the season.

The Lions’ defense held firm until the end, only allowing one shot and one shot on goal for Kean. The offense finished with 30 shots and 12 shots on goal.

The team plays both games away this week, one Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey and the other Saturday, Oct. 13 at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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