The NYU women’s soccer team defeated the SUNY-Farmingdale Rams 2-0 on Sept. 29 at Gaelic Park in the Bronx. The Violets’ relentless attack proved too much for the Rams to handle and NYU improved its record to 6-3 with an impressive win.
Farmingdale is one of the stronger teams that the Violets have faced this season, and it appeared the gameplan was to go on the offensive early. The Violets began the game with a flurry of shots by sophomore midfielders Julie Glover and Lexi Clarke, but they were all blocked, while junior forward Melissa Menta’s first shot just missed. The Violets had a 9-2 shot advantage in the first half, but could not break through. Sophomore goalkeeper Cassie Steinberg was able to make a great save in the 22nd minute of the game and keep the game scoreless. Although the Violets committed more fouls in the first half than their opponents, they maintained a majority of the possession. The Rams goalkeeper Breanna Blair saved two shots before halftime, and the game remained a stalemate at the break.
The Violets finally broke through with a goal by senior forward Cami Crawford in the 48th minute on a deflection and assist by Menta. It was Crawford’s fourth goal of the season, which leads the team. The Violets continued their attack with shots by sophomore defender Mimi Tran, who was blocked, and freshman midfielder Stephanie Ho, whose shot sailed wide right. The Violets’ offensive flow kept the Rams off balance for most of the game, and they were never able to generate any kind of comeback.
“We were able to win a majority of the 50-50 balls in the midfield, allowing us to possess the ball and play the ball forward,” Ho said. “We held the shutout because our defensive shape was really strong and everyone played their role well in pressuring and winning the ball.”
The Violet defense remained steadfast throughout the game, holding the Rams to only one shot on goal in the entire first half. Steinberg was able to handle another Rams shot on goal and preserved the lead in the 73rd minute.
In the 84th minute, the Violets were able to tack on another goal when freshman midfielder Amy Elgin scored her first of the season with another assist from Menta. This essentially sealed the game for the Violets, putting the game too far out of reach for the Rams in the final minutes of the game.
After tonight’s win, the Violets look to extend their winning streak to four on Saturday, Oct. 4 at home against the University of Rochester, which has a record of 4-2. That day is also the Violet Nation Giveaway for anyone interested in supporting the men’s and women’s soccer teams and getting free merchandise.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Sept. 30 print edition. Email Kyle Luther at [email protected]