8th-Ranked Rowan Tops NJCU Women’s Soccer, 3-0

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GLASSBORO — New Jersey City University outshot Rowan University 5-3 in the first half but trailed 1-0, and the nationally-ranked Profs added two second half goals en route to a 3-0 victory in a New Jersey Athletic Conference women’s soccer game on Saturday night.

Rowan (7-0-1, 3-0 NJAC), remains unbeaten on the season after outshooting NJCU (6-3, 1-2 NJAC) by a 9-2 margin in the second half and 12-7 overall for the game. The Profs, which lead the all-time series, 13-0, had a 6-1 cushion on corner kicks.

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Rowan, last year’s NJAC regular season champions, is currently ranked #8 in Division III by D3soccer.com and 10th by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Rowan was led by the 2009 NJAC Offensive Player of the year, senior forward Jess Babice (Groveville, NJ/Steinert), who assisted on the first two goals of the game before adding an unassisted tally later. Junior midfielders Evynn Wright (Marlton, NJ/Eastern Reg.) and Christie Fink (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert) each contributed one goal.

Freshman goalie Deana Wood (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Reg.) made two saves for her fourth shutout. NJCU junior goalkeeper LAURA ROBINSON (Edison, NJ/Edison) registered two saves in 73:15 of action. Freshman NICOLE HERNANDEZ (Belleville, NJ/Belleville) played the final 16:45, and stopped two shots.

Sophomore defender CHELSEA SPETHMANN (Wood-Ridge, NJ/Hasbrouck Heights-Wood Ridge) and junior forward ASHLEY CUNHA (Edison, NJ/Edison) each had two shots to lead the Knights attack.

Rowan led 1-0 at the half as Wright scored at 16:19, as her shot on the ground off a Babice feed found the right side of the net for her fourth goal of the year.

Fink added an insurance goal at 65:11—her first marker of the year—as Babice dished a ball from the left post into the center of the box for the 2-0 lead. Babice’s 11th goal of the season and 28th point made it 3-0 as she generated a chip shot into the left side of the net at 71:12.

NJCU is back in action on Wednesday, September 29 at 4 p.m. when it hosts Kean University in an NJAC game at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field.


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