The NYU women’s soccer team soundly defeated the Brooklyn College Bulldogs 4-0 on Tuesday night at home in Gaelic Park, Bronx. The Violets improved their record to 8-3 and extended their winning streak to six. This was the fourth time the Violets were able to shut out an opponent this season.
From the start of the game, it looked like the Bulldogs were outmatched. The Violets went on the offensive immediately with two quick corner kicks and a shot by freshman midfielder Stephanie Ho that barely missed and hit off the goalpost within the first five minutes of the game. The Violets quickly capitalized on their early opportunities when freshman forward Teressa Fazio scored off a rebound that first hit the goalpost in the fifth minute. The Bulldogs were kept off balance for most of the game by the Violets’ relentless attack. By the end of the first half, the Violets had taken ten shots on goal while the Bulldogs weren’t able to take one. The Violets did not score again in the first half, but they maintained possession and didn’t allow Brooklyn College any offensive chances.
“As a team, our priority has been to come out hard from the first minute and score an early goal to put the game away,” Fazio said. “We have had a lot of success with that approach this season and we have been working extremely hard as a team and I am excited about where the season takes us.”
The Violets started off the second period with another goal in the 51st minute by senior forward Cami Crawford on an assist by sophomore midfielder Mimi Tran. Crawford leads the Violets with five goals this season. The 2-0 lead looked good enough to give the Violets the victory, but the game turned into a blowout when the Violets scored twice more in the 80th and 81st minutes. Freshman forward Mckennah Spagnola scored first after the Bulldogs keeper misplayed the ball in front of her goal and senior forward Claire Shanahan followed that goal with one of her own just a minute later off an assist by junior midfielder Sofia Toohey.
The Violets were able to win most of the possession, which allowed them to push the ball forward and create numerous scoring opportunities while the Bulldogs were never able to muster any kind of comeback. Brooklyn’s goalkeeper Rebecca Hamata recorded ten saves by the game’s end but her effort was in vain. The Bulldogs were never able to take a single shot on goal against the Violets staunch defense.
The Violets are on a roll and will look to keep the high quality of play going on Saturday, Oct. 11, against Case Western Reserve University in their second UAA game of the season in Cleveland, Ohio.
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