New Rochelle, NY — One late goal by senior Abbie Robert (Bedfordshire, England) and another excellent defensive effort from the team gave the Seton Hall women’s football team their third victory of the season on Sunday at the Pirates who took a 1-0 road win at Iona .
The Pirates (3-2-2) handed the Gaels (5-1-2) their first defeat of the season. The home side had the advantage statistically beating The Hall in shots (14-4) and shots on goal (6-2), but the Pirates capitalized on their opportunity in the 73rd minute.
How did it happen
Seton Hall only had two shots in the first half and one of them came five minutes into the game. Junior Riley Balser (Coral Springs, Fla.) took a corner kick and sent it to the far post where she found Roberts but her header attempt was saved.
Despite the lack of chances, the Seton Hall defense continued their solid run of games as the unit resisted 14 shots and kept the Gaels off the scoreboard. Senior Grace Gordon (Chester Springs, Pennsylvania) put up its best effort of the season making five saves.
It gave the Pirates a late chance as they were awarded a corner kick by a sophomore Phoebe Hampson (Cheshire, England). The ball was first cleared by Iona but junior Brina Michael (Plattsburgh, NY) sent it to the back of the box before ricocheting off the crossbar. After two rebounds, Roberts stole the ball into the back of the net, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
- Roberts’ goal was his second of the season and second of his career. Both Roberts goals are winners.
- Roberts led Seton Hall with two shots and two shots on goal.
- Of Gordon’s five saves, four came in the second half.
- Seton Hall has prevented his opponents from scoring in four of their six appearances this season.
- Gordon, second Chiara Pucci (Munich, Germany), junior Alex Fugle (London, England), second year Nathalie Tavana (Middletown, Connecticut), and sophomore Rachel Gerrie (Littleton, Colorado) played the full 90 minutes.
Seton Hall will return home for his next three games starting with Columbia at Owen T. Carroll Field Thursday at 6 p.m.