Women’s soccer blows out NJCU

By Christine Houghton
Sports Editor

Following a postponement of its Wednesday game against Stockton University, the women’s soccer team hosted New Jersey City University on Saturday, Oct. 19, in a blowout 13-0 victory over the conference opponent. The team is now 12-1 overall and 6-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

To start off the game, junior forward Juliana Bertolino put the Lions on the board early with a goal in the 12th minute off an assist by freshman forward/midfielder Gianna Coppola. 

Coppola makes a stop and looks for her next move (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk).

During the 39th minute, the team was able to score twice, one by junior midfielder/forward Caroline Rubin and the other off the boot of freshman forward/midfielder Ava Garay, who was assisted by sophomore forward/midfielder Nikki Butler. 

The Lions would take their 3-0 lead into halftime only to barrade NJCU after the break with a dominating 10 goals. 

Sophomore midfielder/forward Amelia Curtis assisted senior defender Nora Burdge for the first goal of the second half. Two minutes later, Coppola scored off assists from senior midfielder Taylor Nolan and sophomore defender/midfielder Alexandra Ryan. 

Four minutes later, Bertolino scored her second goal of the day, followed by a score by senior defender Ally DeRiggi, moving the Lions to a 7-0 lead. 

As the game went on, the rest of the team got in on the action, adding six more goals to the Lions’ total. Sophomore midfielder/forward Gabriella Barquin scored twice before the final buzzer, while freshman forward Nina Carlson, junior forward Julia Obst, freshman forward Jessica O’Brien and freshman midfielder/forward Emily Blackenship all scored one. 

Goalkeepers senior Nicole DiPasquale, junior Alexandra Panasuk and sophomore Caitlyn Finnerty all combined for the shutout.

The team takes to the field in a home game against Stockton University tonight at 6:30 p.m.

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