JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Saint Peter's University women's soccer team gave up a goal in each half of a 2-0 defeat to Wagner on Wednesday night under the Caven Point Turf Field lights. The Peacocks record drops to 1-3 on the season.
"I am extremely disappointed with the result tonight," said head coach Melissa Sherwood. "Too many missed opportunities and two lapses in concentration defensively, both individually and collectively, and we were punished for them. My players have not done themselves justice tonight. In the context of a 90-minute game, overall the performance was good. We had enough chances to win the game, but we didn't. The players must learn from this. We have to be more clinical in front of goal and take what we deserve from these games."
The Peacocks fell one goal behind the Seahawks at the 37' mark when Wagner's Samantha Lavalle scored her first goal of the season. Less than a minute later, Saint Peter's Kelsey Nugent almost scored the equalizer, but her shot hit the crossbar, missing the goal.
In the second half, the action got more physical and picked up. The Peacocks had three consecutive corner kicks, with the final resulting in a shot on goal by Victoria Babcock that was saved by Wagner goalkeeper Delaney Beck, resulting in empty opportunities for Saint Peter's. In the 55th minute, a missed foul call on Wagner at the far corner resulted in a breakaway that lead to a one-on-one between Wagner's Kristen Biscoff and Peacock goalie, Victoria Scarratt, with Biscoff winning the battle by scoring a goal to make it a 2-0 game. Just minutes later while Wagner was still on the attack, Mya Donnelly let off a rocket but Scarratt made a phenomenal diving save to stop the goal. The next break for the Peacocks came at the 60' mark when a Wagner player earned a hand ball in the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Nugent stepped to the line and sent her penalty kick high and wide left, making another missed opportunity for the Peacocks to get on the board. After another missed shot attempt by Nugent in the 68' of the game, Barbara Paiva had a one-on-one with Beck that looked to be promising but lady luck just wasn't on the Peacocks side as a sliding Beck came out of the goal and Paiva's shot sailed directly into Beck's leg for the diving save.
The Peacocks recorded 10 shots (seven in the second half), compared to Wagner's 14 on the evening. The Peacocks recorded five more corner kicks than Wagner (9-4) on the night but could not capitalize on them.
Despite the loss, Scarratt recorded another nine save game, keeping her in the conference lead of the saves per game category. Nugent took a team high, four shots and Paiva had two for the Peacocks.
The Peacocks hit the road again, this time traveling to Hampton on Saturday, September 9. Kick-off is set for 12:00p.m.