Women’s College Roundup: Rutgers, St. John’s Win in OT

Christina Bellero celebrates her 105th minute goal that gave St. John's a 1-0 victory against Creighton.

NCAA logoIn Division I, a 99th minute goal by Natalie Neshat gave Columbia a 1-0 overtime win over Ivy League rival Brown on Saturday. The Lions victory brought a five-game Bears winning streak to an end. Columbia remains unbeaten at home (5-0-1) and moves to 2-0 in Ivy League play.

A 51st minute penalty kick by Sofia Pavon of George Washington handed Fordham a 1-0 loss on Thursday. The Rams then hosted Breast Cancer Awareness night on Sunday, but Duquense spoiled the festivities by handing Fordham its second consecutive 1-0 defeat.

Kristin Desmond scored her CAA leading seventh goal and Hofstra earned its sixth shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory over Drexel. The Pride would continue their good fortune against William & Mary later in the week, riding Desmond’s eighth goal of the year and two assists from Bella Richards to a 3-1 victory.

NJIT was outshot by 22-8 in a 2-0 defeat on the road against ASUN opponents Jacksonville.

In a well-contested match, No. 16 Rutgers was upset by Minnesota, 2-1, on Friday. Despite near deadlocks in all statistical categories, an 86th minute goal from Big Ten leading goalscorer Sydney Squires gave the Gophers the victory.

“Tonight it was two good teams,” Coach Mike O’Neill said. “I thought at times on the attacking side we did some good things with the ball. When we keep the ball we are a very good team, but we need to not make as many unforced errors. We created chances to win the game, but were unlucky. And chances we gave up they capitalized on.”

Rutgers was able to rebound two days later. Despite Wisconsin taking the 0-0 match into overtime, Amirah Ali‘s beautiful curling effort just 26 seconds into OT gave the Scarlet Knights a much needed rebound victory.

Christina Bellero‘s 105th minute strike gave St. John’s an overtime win against Big East opponent Creighton. Creighton gave St. John’s a good run (outshot only by 20-16) despite its 2-8-1 record, something that Coach Ian Stone noted after the game.

“Creighton is a fantastic team and they’re way better than their record,” he said. “It was one of those game where you’re kind of gambling as it when on because we played a little bit of a different system. We’ve been a little more defensive in the past and we were gambling, ‘O.K., can we get this goal?’ because their offense was pretty good too. Obviously it took a while but we got there.”

St. John’s then played host to Marquette on Sunday. Golden Eagles leading scorer Darian Powell would slide a shot past Jordan Kamp in the 23rd minute, giving Marquette a 1-0 lead. Despite getting 20 shots off during the match, Powell’s goal would be the difference as the Red Storm fell, 1-0.

In Division II, No. 6 Adelphi earned a pair of 3-0 victories this week, against Southern Connecticut State and Le Moyne to improve its record to 9-0. The pair of victories has the Panthers joining Western Washington, Kutztown, and Central Missouri as the only Division II programs with perfect records thus far this season.

Five different scorers lifted Caldwell to a 5-1 victory over Post. It was a historic occasion for the Cougars, as Coach Nate Guagliardi notched his 100th victory. Guagliardi, who has been in charge at Caldwell for 11 seasons, holds a 100-91-11 record. Two days later, Caldwell fell to Wilmington (Del.) by 2-0.

Amanda Nowak scored three goals in 15 minutes to power Felician to a 4-2 comeback victory over Concordia (N.Y.). The Golden Falcons were not able to replicate that performance on Saturday, however, falling to Jefferson, 3-0.

Two goals from junior Corinna Ferrante and three assists from Trista Seara lead Mercy to a 7-1 victory over Holy Family. All seven goals for Mercy were scored in the first half, with the Mavericks outshooting Holy Family, 18-5. Mercy then earned a 2-0 victory at home against Queens. The week’s two wins give Mercy an 8-1 record, with the only blemish coming in the form of a loss to Adelphi earlier this year.

In Division III, Maritime registered a program-record 50 shots in a 9-0 victory over York. Five different Privateers registered goals as 25 of their shots were on target. The Privateers then were edged 1-0 by St. Joseph’s (Brooklyn), with a third minute strike by Anisah Molic proving to be the difference.

Isabelle Turner scored two goals as NYU recorded its fourth straight shutout in a 3-0 victory over Staten Island.  The Violets then fell to Carnegie Mellon, 1-0, in their opening UAA contest.

Samantha Richter‘s two goals were all Rutgers-Newark needed to defeat New Jersey City, 2-1, on Wednesday. However, in their next match, No. 2 TCNJ handed the Scarlet Raiders a 4-0 defeat. TCNJ, which holds a 9-0 record, outshot Rutgers-Newark, 35-2.

Two late second half goals gave St. Joseph’s (L.I.) a 2-0 victory over sister school St. Joseph’s (Brooklyn) on Wednesday night in Skyline Conference action.

Daniela Zirpolo scored in the 33rd minute and the Dolphins halted a two-game losing streak as Staten Island edged Rosemont, 1-0, on Saturday.

Gabby Saade‘s goal only 26 seconds into the match gave No. 16 Stevens Tech a 1-0 victory over Drew. The goal was Saade’s third game-winning goal of the season. Stevens followed up that victory with a convincing 6-0 defeat of Elmira College on Saturday. Five different scorers contributed to the Ducks attack, with Saade adding another two goals to her season total.