JERSEY CITY, NJ – Junior forward, Barbara Paiva scored the game's lone goal in the 66' of Wednesday afternoon's, 1-0, home opening win against Delaware State at Caven Point Field. The Peacocks women's soccer team record improves to an even 1-1.
Goalkeeping was the key to the victory for the Peacocks, as Saint Peter's freshman goalie, Victoria Scarratt made 14 saves in her collegiate debut in goal. Scarratt made an impressive eight stops in the first half and added another six in the second half, to secure her first career shutout win.
"I am very pleased to kick off our first home game of the season with a win," rejoiced head coach Melissa Sherwood. "I would also like to take this opportunity to praise the professionalism and mentality of my players, in dealing with what was a delayed kick off this afternoon. Delaware State was a very physically imposing side, but my players were prepared to battle for the win, and they got their due rewards. In goal Victoria Scarratt made her collegiate debut with a solid individual performance."
The first 45 minutes of the contest witnessed plenty of action from Delaware State's offense, but little results, as Scarratt denied eight shots on goal. The Hornets managed to outshoot the Peacocks 13-3 and posted an 8-1 shots on goal edge.
In the second half, the Hornets remained aggressive, taking the halves first seven shots within the first 15 minutes, including four in the first five minutes of action. Of the seven shots, Scarratt denied four of them. The Peacocks first shot of the half came at the 66' mark when Brooke Trotta fed Paiva who got passed the defender in the box, sending a shot over the diving Delaware State keeper for her first goal of 2017 season. With the one goal lead, the Peacocks remained aggressive. Just minutes later at 68:29, Paiva almost notched her second goal of the evening, beating the Hornet's defender again and getting off a clean shot that sailed wide right of the goal post.
Holding onto the 1-0 lead, Scarratt secured the win for the Peacocks, adding two late saves in the 72nd and 81st minutes. Overall, the Peacocks were at a 22-8 disadvantage on total shots and 14-4 deficit in shots on goal. Despite the disadvantage, the Peacocks still overcame the aggressive offensive attack of the Hornets and capitalized on the best opportunity from Paiva.
Offensively, Paiva led the Peacocks with three shots and two on goal, scoring the game-winning goal. Trotta and Victoria Babcock each had two shots with Trotta dishing out the game-winning assist.
The team is back in action on Saturday when they head to Kean University on Saturday, September 2, to take on NJIT. First kick is set for 12:00p.m.