HOBOKEN, NJ (September 20, 2022) – Youth Dana Perry made a career-high five saves, but the Stevens Institute of Technology women’s soccer team fell to 16th-place College of New Jersey 1-0 on Tuesday in a non-conference game at DeBaun Athletic Complex.
Ivonne Vasquez broke through in the 73rd minute for the Lions, who won their fourth game in a row to improve to 5-1-1 this year.
Graduate student Fiona Matthews and junior Jana Mucci had quality scoring chances for the Ducks, who fell to 1-3-3. The contest marked the second of four Ducks games with nationally ranked opponents.
Corinne Byrum made three saves for TCNJ to earn the clean sheet.
With the teams deadlocked, Vasquez skipped a pass inside the 18 and beat Perry with a low line shot to the right corner for his second goal of the season.
Byrum fended off a pair of chances from Mucci in the second half. Mucci attempted to put Stevens in front in the 63rd minute, firing one to the corner before Byrum smothered the shot. Mucci had another chance in the 86th minute, sending a serve into the center of the net that the TCNJ keeper was able to hold on to.
Matthews had the Ducks’ best chance in the first half, nearly scoring one in the right corner in the 27th minute. The New Milford, New Jersey native’s initial shot from inside the 18 was blocked, but Matthews quickly recovered and sent a second attempt towards the net, but the ball went over the net and out of play.
Partnering with Stevens’ defensive group, Perry stopped two shots in the first half and three more in the second, to help keep the Lions off the board. The Lions entered the game averaging 5.6 goals per game in their last six games.
- Matthews saved a goal in the first half. TCNJ’s Gianna Coppola shot from the left side of the 18. Perry saved the try, but the ball carried towards the goal line, where Lindsay O’Keefe awaited an easy tap-in. However, Matthews cleared the ball with his right foot to keep the game scoreless.
Inside the numbers
- TCNJ finished with a 17-8 advantage in shots, including a 6-3 advantage in shots on target. The Ducks weathered a storm early in the second half as the Lions netted three shots and a corner in the first 15 minutes of the period.
- TCNJ held a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.
- TCNJ’s Emma Pascarella had a chance to score on the post as the Lions broke early in the second half.
- Perry has recorded at least two saves in every appearance this season.
From the Sideline – Head Coach Jeff Parker
- “Hard pill to swallow tonight, but that’s the game. In many ways it was our best performance of the season. Both teams had chances and they finished one. That’s what the best teams. There is no doubt that we can compete with the best teams in the country, but we need this last step to achieve better results. Hats off to the visitors for achieving the result tonight. We will return to growth tomorrow.
- Women’s soccer travels to Newport News, Va., on Sept. 24 for a meeting with defending and currently top-ranked national champions Christopher Newport. Stevens will face the two national finalists from last season over a five-day period.
- The game is believed to be the first meeting between the teams.
- A link for live stats is available at StevensDucks.com.
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