HILLSIDE, NJ – Freshman goalkeeper Victoria Scarratt made nine saves in goal, but her efforts were not enough as the women's soccer team fell, 4-0, to New Jersey rival, NJIT on Saturday afternoon in Hillside.
In the first half of play, Carlee Gonzalez got the first shot off for the Peacocks at the 11' mark, but NJIT keeper Amelia Sapirman made the save against the early test. After over 10 minutes of minimal offense, NJIT's Arianna Gerber got a clean header off 10 feet out, but Scarratt made the easy save preventing the score. The Peacocks first real opportunity for a goal came in the 38th minute when Barbra Paiva received a pass from Gonzalez right in front of the goal, but Paiva's go-ahead goal attempt was a line drive straight to Sapirman for the save. Just moments later Paiva got passed the NJIT defender with a crossover move, leaving her one-on-one with Sapirman, but Sapirman came out of the goal and stole ball, preventing the shot to even get off. With less than five minutes remaining in the half, NJIT struck first, scoring at 41' with Emily Heckman finding the goal off the corner from Gerber. The Peacocks trailed NJIT 1-0 at half.
In the second half, NJIT was the aggressor, posting a 19-4 shots advantage and 10-1 corner kick edge over the Peacocks. NJIT scored the second goal of the contest five minutes into the half, off of a back-heel goal, scored by Carly Berdan from Noelle Batista's corner. After the first 10 minutes, the Peacocks had zero shot attempts, compared to NJIT's six with two on goal. In the 64th minute of play, Scarrat made a diving save with the NJIT player in point blank range of the goal, reserving the score. Again, in the 71' mark Scarrat made an outstanding save, as NJIT's Nicole Baldassini made a nice move in box, leaving her one-on-one with Scarrat. Paiva had a chance to cut the deficit to one goal at 75' after a stolen pass, but the shot went wide right of goal. One minute later, the Peacocks surrendered a third goal to NJIT, making the deficit grow at 3-0. NJIT added the fourth and final goal at 81:46, after Scarratt made a punch save that was rebounded by NJIT's Briana Hackos who earned the put back goal.
The Peacocks posted a total of seven shots, while NJIT took 27. Scarratt's record drops to 1-1 after she posted four saves in the first half and made five stops in the second half for her nine total saves, while NJIT keeper Sapirman made three total saves in the winning effort, improving her record to 2-1 on the season.
With her nine saves today, Scarratt compiled a total of 23 saves in two contests this week.
"We take the positives into Wednesday," added Sherwood.
The Peacocks record drops to 1-2 on the season. The team will be back in action on Wednesday, September 6, when they host Wagner. Kick-off is set for 3:00p.m.