Women’s Soccer Squander Excellent First Half Play in Loss Against Niagara

Women’s Soccer Squander Excellent First Half Play in Loss Against Niagara

JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Saint Peter's women's soccer team conceded four second half goals, in a 4-0 setback to Niagara University on Saturday afternoon at Joseph J. Jaroschak Field. The Peacocks conference record drops to 0-3 on the season, and the overall record falls to 2-7.


Leading the Peacocks on the day were Barbara Paiva taking six shots with one on goal, Elizabeth Pacillo who took two shots with both of them coming on goal, and Isabel Fernandez who also logged two shots with one of them on goal. In goal, Peacock keeper, Victoria Scarrat made six saves on the day in 90 minutes of action.


The Peacocks had a well-played first half, keeping Niagara off the board and equally controlling the pace of the game. Saint Peter's came out of the locker room attacking first, when Paiva let off a shot that sailed wide left less than eight minutes into action. Niagara responded with the next five shots, all missing the goal except for the fifth shot which Scarrat saved in the 20th minute of play. At the 28' mark, Pacillo's goal attempt was stopped by Niagara's keeper, Shania van Nuland, keeping the Peacocks off the board. By the end of the half, Scarratt faced three shots on goal, stopping all three during the first 45 minutes of action. Neither team found the back of the net, taking a 0-0 tie into intermission.


In the second half, the Peacocks defense collapsed as the team surrendered four goals. The first goal came three minutes in and was scored by Niagara's Courtney Betts on breakaway. Goal number two occurred 10 minutes later when Kelsey Araujo scored in the 58'. The third goal was scored by Hailey Bicknell at the 70' point. The fourth and final goal came at 86' and was Betts second of the day, ending the Peacocks day with a 4-0 defeat.


The Peacocks got outshot, 21-10 in the defeat and 8-0 on corner kicks.


The Peacocks will remain home, next hosting Marist on Wednesday, September 27 at 3pm on Jaroschak Field.