25 Sep Women’s Soccer Plays to Scoreless Draw with No. 7 Trinity Texas
HOBOKEN, N.J. (September 24, 2021) – Playing before the largest crowd at the DeBaun Athletic Complex in nearly two years, the Stevens Institute of Technology women’s soccer team turned in its best performance of the season Friday, playing to a scoreless draw with No. 7 Trinity University Texas.
Senior Izzy DiDario made five saves to post her 11th career clean sheet for the Ducks, who moved to 1-4-2 on the year. The Ducks remain the only team in the MAC Freedom with a draw on their win-loss record. Joey Finley made seven saves for the nationally-ranked Tigers, who fell to 5-0-1. The tie snapped Trinity’s 15-match winning streak.
In the first meeting between the programs, the Ducks applied pressure from the opening whistle, holding Trinity without a shot until the 39th minute. Conversely, Stevens had the first two scoring chances of the match, with senior Fiona Matthews’ try in the 10th minute sailing high and sophomore Elsa Bley’s header hitting off the right post.
The Ducks outshot Trinity 12-10, including a 7-6 margin in shots on target. The Tigers’ 10-shot output was the fewest since the third round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament and the fewest in a regular season match since Cal Lutheran held Trinity to just four attempts on Oct. 27, 2019. The Tigers entered the match averaging four goals and 24 shots per match.
While the Ducks were applying pressure in the offensive third, the back line, led by seniors Gianna Nitti and Nicole Veraja kept Trinity’s potent offense in check. Trinity’s Kaity Ward, the reigning Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a two-time United Soccer Coaches All-Region selection, who entered the match with four goals and three assists, was held without a shot for just the second time in the last three seasons.
Further displaying how evenly matched the teams were, regulation ended with each team firing off eight shots and each goalkeeper making five saves. However, it was Stevens that asserted its will in the first overtime period, firing off four shots and earning a pair of corners, while keeping Trinity off the board in each statistic.
Stevens threatened to break through in the 100th minute, but Finley thwarted both Nitti and sophomore Nina Burden and Veraja’s header as time expired was hauled in by the Tigers’ netminder.
The second overtime session only produced two scoring chances. DiDario rejected Camryn Beall’s shot from the right corner of the 18 and Michaela Bosco’s try from well beyond the 18 was blocked by the Duck defense.
Inside the Numbers
- Trinity secured eight corners in the match, including six in the second half. The Ducks totaled five on the evening.
- Stevens’ second draw of the season marks the most for the program since 2017, when the Ducks played to four ties.
- DiDario lowered her career goals-against average to 0.66. The Scotch Plains, New Jersey native is tied for 11th among active Division III goalkeepers.
- The match was delayed by nearly 40 minutes due to transportation issues for the match officials.
- In her first career start, junior Julia Cairns provided a steady presence in the defensive half of the field.
From the Sidelines – Head Coach Jeff Parker
- “Almost as fun of a match as you can have without a goal tonight: good opponent, good weather, good crowd, good atmosphere and an overall good performance from our tribe tonight. I am proud of their efforts and willingness to keep going in the face of so much of the adversity they have experienced over the past two years. It has not been easy, but we want to rise up to meet all tests to our character and commitment to each other. Getting a point was well earned tonight and we’ll aim to keep growing and maturing as we get ready for Haverford on Wednesday.”
- Women’s Soccer welcomes Haverford College to the DeBaun Athletic Complex on Sept. 29 for the first meeting between the programs since the 2006 season.
- The Ducks topped the Fords 2-0 in the finals of the 2006 Engineering Cup. Then junior Sara Roeder tallied a goal and an assist in the victory to earn the tournament’s Offensive Most Valuable Player honors
- Links for live stats and video are available on StevensDucks.com.
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