SLOPER, PIGOTT NET GOALS AS WOMEN'S SOCCER TOPS QUEENS, 2-1
FLUSHING, N.Y. (Oct. 1, 2011) - Sophomore midfielder/forward Allison Sloper (Williston Park, N.Y.) and freshman midfielder/forward Danielle Pigott (Bethpage, N.Y.) sported a goal each on Saturday, as the Molloy College women's soccer team bested East Coast Conference opponent Queens College, 2-1, in Flushing, N.Y. Sloper also chipped in an assist for the Lions, who now own a record of 6-4 overall and a mark of 2-1 in league play, giving her a game-best three points on the afternoon.
During the first half, Queens got off to a rampid start, firing off the first seven shots of the contest. But, Molloy freshman goalie Nicole DellaPorta (West Babylon, N.Y.) saved all four tries that reached the goal. Junior forward/midfielder Nicole Valentine (Massapequa, N.Y.) had the Lions' first opportunity, which went astray, with 20:21 elapsed. Three minutes later, Pigott made her shot count as she found the back of the mesh for her first collegiate marker off a feed from Sloper.
Sophomore midfielder Rebecca Laporte (London, England) managed two more of the Knights' 10 first-half shots prior to the break. DellaPorta was in position once again though, stopping both tries, and helping to give Molloy a 1-0 lead going into the locker room. In the latter stanza, Queens was still up to its usual tricks, registering the first two shots of the period. Still, the Lions held the same cushion they had going into halftime, until Sloper created some second-half magic.
Sloper doubled the Molloy lead to 2-0 when she tallied her team-leading fifth goal of 2011 in the 54th-minute. On the play, she dribbled, and eventually settled the ball, before kicking a shot into the upper right corner for some insurance. Ten-plus minutes after Sloper's marker, Queens (3-3, 1-1 ECC) got on the board behind a score on a breakaway from freshman back Alexandra Trojano (Malverne, N.Y.). Senior midfielder Katherine Colon (West Babylon, N.Y.) was credited with the assist.
For the remaining 23 minutes of regulation, Queens looked for the equalizing score, but was unable to find it. Junior forward Brittany Silipo (Bay Shore, N.Y.) had the lone shot on goal the rest of the way, which was stopped by DellaPorta, who had a game-best nine saves on the day. Meanwhile, junior netminder Allison Breakey (Frankfort, Ill.) did not save a shot for the Knights, who sported a 21-4 advantage in shots and a 6-1 clip in corner kicks.
Head Coach Danny Longo and the Lions are in action next on Thursday (Oct. 6) when they travel to Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. to face ECC nemesis Mercy College. The opening kick is set for 3 p.m.