DiDario Crosses 100 Career Saves, but No. 14 Women’s Soccer Falls at No. 9 TCNJ, 4-0

DiDario Crosses 100 Career Saves, but No. 14 Women’s Soccer Falls at No. 9 TCNJ, 4-0

EWING, N.J. (September 5, 2021)  – Senior Izzy DiDario made eight saves to become the seventh goalkeeper in program history to reach 100 career saves, but No. 14 Stevens Institute of Technology women’s soccer was unable to overcome an early deficit in falling to No. 9 The College of New Jersey 4-0 Friday night in a non-conference fixture at Lions Stadium. The contest was played as a part of the 17th Annual Engineering Cup.

DiDario made six stops in the first half and two in the second to push her career save total to 104. The Scotch Plains, New Jersey native is the first Duck to reach 100 career saves since alumna Lindsey Mahnken, who reached the milestone in 2015 en route to finishing her distinguished career on Castle Point with 289 saves.

Julia Obst scored what would ultimately prove to be the game-winner in the second minute, and Alexandra Panasuk made two saves, for TCNJ, who moved to 3-0 on the season. Senior Ally Wanzor fired off a pair of shots for the Ducks, who fell to 1-2. TCNJ has won each of the last four meetings between the programs.

Rachel Robichaud scored from 12 yards out in the final minutes of the opening half and Victoria D’Imperio and Gianna Coppola added second-half tallies for the hosts, who earned seven points in the Engineering Cup standings. 

In the Engineering Cup’s other opening-night matchup, New York University scored a goal in each half to defeat No. 25 Swarthmore College 2-1, to also earn seven points in the standings.

Turning Point

  • Amelia Curtis sent a through ball inside the 18.
  • Obst collected the feed and fired a shot into the top-right corner of the goal to open scoring 105 seconds into the contest.

Inside the Numbers

  • TCNJ held a 20-4 advantage in shots, including a 12-2 margin in shots on-goal.
  • The Lions held a 7-2 edge in corners.The Ducks earned both of their corners in the second half.

From the Sidelines – Head Coach Jeff Parker

  • “Not our best performance and credit to TCNJ for putting us under pressure and completely dictating play in the first half. We were unable to consistently connect and create chances. I was proud of our response following the break, but it was not our night. We’ll regroup and start to get ready for Sunday.”

Up Next

  • No. 14 Women’s Soccer returns to the friendly confines of the DeBaun Athletic Complex Sunday to take on No. 25 Swarthmore on the final day of the Engineering Cup. 
  • NYU will take on TCNJ Sunday at 3 p.m. at the DeBaun Athletic Complex to close out the tournament. 
  • Links for live stats and video for both matches are available on StevensDucks.com.

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