September 30, 2015
STRUGGLING AT HOME
NJIT women fell to LIU Brooklyn, 2-1
NEWARK, N.J. — LIU Brooklyn scored the only goal of the first half and then added an insurance goal in the 68th minute that enabled the visitors to leave NJIT with a 2-1 non-conference women's soccer victory on Lubetkin Field at Mal Simon Stadium Tuesday night.
LIU, which played its last non-conference road game, lifted its won-lost record to 3-7. The Blackbirds will play a non-conference home game in mid-October, with the rest of their 2015 schedule otherwise limited to Northeast Conference play.
LIU Brooklyn's first goal was the third of the season for Israeli freshman Marian Awad, who found the back of the net at 40:28 with an assist from senior Lucy Gunton-Jones. The play began with a pass from the right side into the box from Gunton-Jones. Awad finished the play with a goal from near the penalty spot.
The visitors made it 2-0 35 minutes into the final period when junior Allegra Ondrejka took a high shot from 25 yards away. NJIT goalkeeper Karen David got a piece of the ball and deflected it up toward the crossbar. But the backspin on the shot sent the subsequent carom off the bar backwards and over the goal line.
The Highlanders (2-7), who finished with a 13-9 advantage in overall shots, including an 8-3 edge in shots on goal, broke through with a goal from freshman Nicole Baldassini, assisted by classmate Alex Gilgorri.
LIU goalkeeper Erin Harrison finished with seven saves. David, making her first start and third appearance overall in 2015, was credited with one save.
The Highlander defense received a boost from the return to action of central defender Jamee Simone, who started and played for the first time since Sept. 25 last year. One of the team's top freshmen in 2013, Simone was sidelined by injury after six games a season ago. She missed 12 games in 2014 plus the first eight this season.
NJIT will return to Atlanta Sun Conference action against first-time opponent Kennesaw State (Ga.) at 1 p.m. Saturday.