Women's Soccer Shuts Down NJIT
Sep 8, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. - A strong defensive effort, coupled with a pair of quality goals helped Lafayette to its first road win of the season in a 2-0 shutout of NJIT on Sunday afternoon at Lubetkin Field.
"I think we controlled large periods of the game," head coach Mick Statham said. "We needed some quality to get us past their back line and both goals were scored with some very good individual play."
The Leopards got on the board first when Jaclyn Giordano recorded her first goal of the season in the 14th minute. Giordano took a through ball from sophomore Allie Torru on the right side and deposited a shot inside the far post past NJIT goalkeeper Samantha Bersett.
With the score still 1-0 in the 74th minute, Lafayette doubled its advantage when Nicole Lee collected the ball at the top of the area and carried it down the left side of the 18-yard box. The junior sent a cross to the back post toward Anna Wissler who buried a one-timer to give Lafayette a 2-0 cushion. It was Wissler's first goal of 2013.
Lafayette's defensive unit stifled NJIT's attack throughout the 90 minutes, surrendering only five shots. Freshman goalkeeper Danielle Sedillo made two stops and picked up her first career shutout in the process. On the other end, Bersett made five saves for the Highlanders.
"The back four plus Kelly Boyce also played very well defensively," Statham added. "I'm very pleased with the overall start for the team and we have to keep it up moving forward."
The Maroon and White held a 12-5 advantage in shots and a 4-2 edge in corner kicks as the team improved to 3-1-0 on the year. With the loss NJIT dropped to 1-5-0.
Lafayette returns home on Sept. 13 for a meeting with Fairleigh Dickinson. Kickoff from Oaks Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Lafayette improved to 5-0-1 all-time against NJIT.