By Christine Houghton
Playing at home on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the Lions edged past Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Park to pull off a 1-0 victory, handing the now 6-1-1 team its first loss of the season. Keeping that streak alive, the Lions also shut out Ramapo College on Saturday, Sept. 22 with a score of 4-0. The Lions now move to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in their conference.
Just as the sun set on Lion’s Stadium, the team kicked off against undefeated FDU in a very physical game. Both teams had equal support in the stands and showed the same equality in their playing ability throughout most of the game.
Despite the game being scoreless until about four minutes remained, the Lions kept FDU away from the goal with a tight defense, only allowing them one shot and zero shots on goal.
After a few close shots on goal for the Lions, junior midfielder Alexa Pestritto finally made one count thanks to an assist by sophomore forward Julia Obst in the 86th minute of play. The game ended with lopsided statistics, especially with the College having 19 shots in comparison to FDU’s one.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, the team went head to head against 2-5 Ramapo with ease.
The Lions scored early on with their first goal by junior midfielder Taylor Nolan in the 17th minute, her second goal of the season. Junior midfielder Despina Lianidis followed with her first goal of the season moments later.
Once again, the team held a tight defense against its opponent, allowing no shots in the first half.
The second half proved to be a bit more difficult for the Lions to score, but they wore down Ramapo enough to score two more goals.
Nolan scored again off an assist by Pestritto, putting up another point for the Lions. About a minute later, sophomore defender Ally Weaver scored the final goal off of an assist by Obst to score the team’s final goal.
This high-energy contest let the team show off its ability to hold its opponent scoreless in aspects of the game. The Lions completely shut out Ramapo, scoring four goals, making 31 shots and 16 shots on goal compared to Ramapo’s zero for all three.
The Lions hope to continue their winning-streak this week when they play Rutgers University-Camden on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and William Paterson University on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Lions Stadium.