PHILADELPHIA RUNS PAST WOMEN'S SOCCER, 5-1
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Oct. 13, 2011) - On Thursday evening, the Molloy College women's soccer team got stuck with the short side of the result at Philadelphia University, falling 5-1 in a non-conference clash at Ravenhill Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Sophomore midfielder/forward Allison Sloper (Williston Park, N.Y.) notched the lone goal of the game, and registered her sixth tally in five matches for the Lions, who slipped to 7-6 on the year. As for the Rams, they now boast an overall record of 12-1-1.
Following three straight corners, and a pair of shots on goal to start the game, which were turned aside by Molloy sophomore netminder Tricia Zarro (Valley Stream, N.Y.), Philadelphia broke through with 26:03 to go in the opening stanza. Freshman midfielder/forward Carla Chmielewski (Glassboro, N.J.) found the back of the net to put the hosts ahead early. Three-plus minutes later, junior defender Chelsea Riedell (Gilbert, Ariz.) doubled the Rams' advantage to a 2-0 margin.
Junior midfielder/forward Michelle Hartman (East Meadow, N.Y.) recorded the first Lions' shot attempt with 21:01 left in the half, but it was Sloper that came through for the maroon and white in the 32nd-minute, trimming the deficit to one. Freshman back Annette Mims (Patchogue, N.Y.) was credited with the assist. Junior midfielder Melissa Copeland (Islip Terrace, N.Y.) managed to tack on one more tally for Philadelphia before the end of the half, putting the Rams up 3-1 at the break.
Senior midfielder Nicole Reverberi (Massapequa, N.Y.) got the Lions out to a fast start in the latter half. But, both shots she attempted in a five-minute stretch were stopped by junior Kelli Kowalewski (Shamong, N.J.). Freshman midfielder Cristina Nasti (Verona, N.J.) and freshman defender Michaela Van Antwerp (Andover, Mass.) tacked on insurance tallies late in the period for the Rams, who secured a 5-1 victory over the Lions on Thursday.
Between the pipes, Zarro made nine saves, while Kowalewski and senior Rebecca Della Peruta (Hammonton, N.J.) notched six saves combined. Overall, Philadelphia sported a 19-8 advantage in shots, and an 11-2 margin in corner kicks. Copeland recorded a game-high five shots for the Rams. Reverberi finished with a team-leading three shots for the Lions.
Head Coach Danny Longo and his team are back to the field on Saturday (Oct. 15) when Molloy takes on St. Thomas Aquinas College in an East Coast Conference tilt at the Dean G. Skelos Sports Complex in Rockville Centre, N.Y. Kickoff is set for noon.