In its final non-conference matchup before beginning University Athletic Association (UAA) play, the New York University women’s soccer team rolled to a 7-0 victory over the College of Staten Island on Tuesday night, September 27, at Gaelic Park in Riverdale, NY.
The host Violets (7-2) held a 40-2 advantage in shots en route extending their winning streak to four games. Claire Shanahan scored two goals for NYU, and Cami Crawford, Megan Young, Ashley McKenzie, Erin Ahmed, and Hannah Speer all tallied goals, as well.
“I liked that we kept working on moving the ball quickly,” said Violet head coach Michele Canning. “Everyone moved off the ball and stayed in the game, which created a lot of quality goals.”
The first quality goal came just 2:07 in, as Young played a through ball to Crawford, who lofted a left-footed shot over the Dolphins’ (6-3) goalkeeper.
NYU then netted four more first-half goals in a 20-minute span. Young opened the spurt in the 16th minute, taking a through ball from Serra Tumay for a breakaway goal. Tumay’s assist moved her into a four-way tie for fourth place on the Violets’ career assist list.
McKenzie scored the next goal, taking a feed from Crawford in the box and flicking it in. Ahmed followed with a tally seven minutes later, lofting a shot over the goalkeeper from 20 yards out.
Speer capped the first-half spurt in the 37th minute, taking a ball from Kay Ramirez on the right side and blasting a hard shot in from close range.
Shanahan then netted both of the Violets’ second-half goals, the first after winning a loose ball in the box just 2:58 into the stanza. Shanahan’s second goal came in the 64th minute, after McKenzie made a long run and fed her in front for a volley over the keeper.
NYU will open UAA play by hosting Case Western Reserve University (6-1-1) at Gaelic Park on Saturday at 1:30 pm. Both teams are ranked in the latest NSCAA regional rankings: the Violets at #9 in the East Region and Case at #5 in the Great Lakes Region.