HILLSIDE, N.J. – Junior Arianna Gerber and sophomore Fiorella Doglio scored their first goals of the season while senior goalkeeper Amelia Sapirman recorded her first career shutout in the NJIT women’s 2-0 home-opening victory over Marist College at Kean University East Campus Facility Wednesday.
The Highlanders, who dropped their previous three matches (two in extratime) earned its first win of the 2017 season, improved to 1-3, while Marist fell to 2-2.
NJIT got on the board in the 28th minute on high shot by Gerber, which sailed over the Marist keeper from 25 yards.
Gerber nearly struck again from distance in the 33rd minute but Marist’s Ashley Houghton punched the ball out with a diving save, resulting in a corner kick.
The Red Foxes were close to knotting the game before a ball was saved on the goal line in the 38th minute by NJIT’s Emily Heckman.
A hand ball in the box from Marist three minutes into the second half, resulted in a penalty kick. Doglio converted for a 2-0 cushion.
In the 74th minute, Marist had two opportunities on Sarah Haselkamp’s shot, which hit the cross bar and Brianna Robinson’s attempt, which went high off the rebound.
Sapirman made save saves.
Marist’s Houghton made eight saves in the net in 54 minutes while Makala Foley played the final 36 minutes and recorded three saves.
NJIT will return to action against Saint Peter’s College at noon Saturday. The match, originally scheduled at Saint Peter’s will be played at NJIT’s home facility, Kean University East Campus Facility.