Published: October 4, 2011
Phebe Miller’s goal with 8:34 to play capped a thrilling comeback and lifted the New York University women’s soccer team to a 3-2 victory over visiting William Paterson University on Tuesday night, October 4, at Gaelic Park in Riverdale, NY.
The Violets (8-3) trailed the Pioneers (2-6) 2-1 with just over 11 minutes left in regulation before Megan Young scored the tying goal. Then, just 2:34 later, Miller found the back of the net, giving NYU a lead it would not relinquish.
“I think we played well all the way through, and the girls knew they could do what it takes to win,” said Violet head coach Michele Canning. “The girls all worked really hard and a lot of things that we’ve trained for really showed in the game.”
Though NYU held a 10-7 edge in shots in the first half, the Pioneers entered halftime with a 1-0 lead. Michelle Marabondo gave William Paterson the edge, one-touching a free kick by Ashley Grabowski in the 37th minute.
The Violets tied the score in the 66th minute, when Cami Crawford stole a back pass, made a run down the middle and struck a low shot into the far left post.
The Pioneers, however, needed just four minutes to pull back ahead. Erika Juricic played a low cross from the left across the box, where Megan Droelle knocked it in.
Finding itself behind again, NYU pressured to net the equalizer and did just that in the 79th minute on a fantastic goal. Molly Henning played a ball to Young on the left, and the sophomore blasted a shot off the underside of the crossbar and in.
Less than three minutes later, Miller completed the exciting comeback. After the Pioneers failed to clear Erin Haggerty’s cross into the box, Miller played the loose ball ahead to herself in the box and knocked it in.
The Violets finished the game with a 19-14 advantage in shots. Meg Patten totaled four stops between the pipes for NYU, while Alyssa Falduto made eight saves in goal for William Paterson.
The Violets return to action on Saturday, October 8, when they travel to the University of Rochester for their second University Athletic Association (UAA) contest. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 pm.