The New York University women’s soccer team began a three-game road swing with a decisive victory, defeating host Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham 4-0 on Sunday afternoon, September 18, in Madison, NJ.
Making her first career start, Megan Young scored two of the Violets’ (4-2) goals, including the game winner just 10:12 in. Erin Ahmed and Claire Shanahan also found the back of the net, and Serra Tumay assisted on NYU’s first two goals.
“I think that the girls brought a lot of energy to the game today, and they focused on the things that we have been working on,” said Violet head coach Michele Canning. “I think the movement of the ball was really good, and they all worked together really well.”
Tumay and Young worked together to score the game’s opening goal, which came after NYU was awarded a free kick in the 11th minute. Tumay saw Young making a run on the wing and chipped a quick free kick over the defense. Young collected the ball and finished.
Just 44 seconds before halftime, the Violets added to their lead. Ashley McKenzie played a cross into the box, and Tumay touched the ball to Ahmed, who buried a shot into the goal.
Leading 2-0 entering the second half, NYU never took its foot off the gas pedal, adding two more tallies in the period. Young scored the first in the 61st minute, making a run in behind the defense from the right wing and finishing a pass from Imani Ribadeneyra with a shot to the far post.
Claire Shanahan then added the fourth and final goal, taking a feed from Hannah Speer and chipping a shot from 25 yards out over the Devils’ (1-6) goalkeeper.
For the game, the Violets held a 16-13 edge in shots, though Florham had eight corner kicks to NYU’s two. Playing the full 90 minutes for the first time, Meg Patten made seven saves between the pipes for the Violets. Melanie Pierson made four stops for the Devils.
The Violets return to action on Friday when they travel to Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.