Women’s College Roundup: Big Wins for Fordham and Rutgers

Christina Bellero's goal lead St John's to 2-1 victory on Tuesday against newcomers Marist.

NCAA logoColumbia used a high press attack that was rewarded with an Amaris Hemmings goal only 16 minutes into their home opener against HofstraKristine Demond‘s penalty kick goal 10 minutes from halftime, however, tied the game, 1-1. Despite both teams getting seven shots each in the second half, the 1-1 score held, sending the game to overtime. Neither team would be able to find a winning goal, settling for one point a piece.

Two goals from senior forward Natalie Neshat led the Lions to a 4-2 victory against Seton Hall on Sunday.

Fairleigh Dickinson University traded goals with William and Mary throughout their match on Thursday night, but Sarah Segan‘s second of the game in the 88th minute sent the Knights their second defeat of the season. William and Mary, which received votes in last week’s United Soccer Coaches Poll, outshot FDU, 21-10.

“We still need to be sharper defensively and stay calm in the natural flow of the game,” Coach, Eric Teepe said. “[I thought it was] a fair result but we could have done better with it. To play a team that is receiving votes in the national coaches’ poll down to the wire says a lot about us when we play at a certain level.”

Fordham continued to build on an impressive start to the season by topping Manhattan, 1-0, in a back-and-forth match that saw a combined 28 shots and 7 corners. Crea Baker-Durante‘s one time shot in the 14th minutes from 16 yards out proved to be the difference. Baker-Durante has scored or assisted on a goal in each of Fordham’s first three games this season.

Rutgers, unbeaten in its first two games, rose to it’s first true challenge of the season by defeating No. 21 UConn, 2-1, on Sunday. Second-half goals from Colby Ciarrocca and Amirah Ali gave the No. 15 Scarlet Knights their third straight victory of the season. In addition, Sunday’s game against UConn marked the third straight shut out for Rutgers, marking the first time that had happened for the school since 1996.

“We got some good goals by Colby and Amirah and we’re pumped to get the shutout,” the redshirt junior goalkeeper Casey Murphy said.We’re happy to get this one, but we’re re-focusing for our next game now.”

St. John’s earned its first win of the season, defeating Marist, 2-1, in its home opener at Belson Stadium. A scoreless first half gave way to an offensive explosion in the second half, with Christina Bellero‘s second goal of the season for St John’s opening the scoring in the 60th minute. Mairela Jacome made it 2-0 merely seven minutes later, with Nicole Sasso pulling one back for Marist five minutes before the end of the game. St. John’s lead Marist in both shots (20-9) and corners (6-2).

“I think we played well,” Marist Coach Gene Smith said. “We had a big lapse in the second half when St. John’s ramped up the pressure and we struggled to solve that but we showed a lot of character and played through the entire game getting a goal back and banging one off the crossbar to nearly tie it. Over all I think we can play at this level but we still have some things to work on.”

Ian Stone, the Red Storm coach, said: “They dropped off us a little bit, which meant that we took too much time to advance the ball up the field, too many backwards passes. So in the second half, I thought we did a better job of not only playing a little more positively in terms of forward passes, but also trying to press them and stop them from playing out, which I think made a huge difference. But they’re a good team. They fought right to the end. We’re obviously disappointed with conceding a goal at the end which we have to get better with.”