HILLSIDE, N.J. — The NJIT women struck twice in the final five minutes to snap a 1-1 deadlock and earn their fourth consecutive match with a 3-1 victory over visiting Rider Sunday at Kean University’s East Campus Facility Sunday afternoon.
The four successive wins set a program record (all Divisions) for the Highlanders (4-3). The Broncs fell to 0-6.
Freshman Katrina Nguyen-DeMary and junior co-captain Arianna Gerber provided the late scoring.
The Highlanders held a 1-0 lead heading into halftime on a goal by Briana Hackos in the 32nd minute. The Broncs knotted the match at 1-1 after a goal by Kourtney Cunningham in the 75th minute.
Hackos tapped in a rebound for the first goal of the game off a corner kick by junior Noelle Batista after the initial punch out save by Rider backup goalkeeper Amy Kozlowski. Hackos scored her second goal of the season.
Rider scored the equalizer in the 75th minute, an unassisted goal by Cunningham, who scored over a leaping goalkeeper, Amelia Sapirman, to far post, knotting game at 1-1. The goal for Cunningham was her second of the season.
NJIT broke through with a 2-1 lead in the 85th minute on a chip pass from Berdan inside the box to Nguyen-DeMary for her first collegiate goal.
An insurance goal for NJIT with 20 seconds remaining in the contest, credited to Gerber, sealed the win. After a miscommunication between the Rider defense and goalkeeper, the ball slipped past Koslowksy and rolled over the goal line before the diving goalkeeper could stop it.
NJIT plays at Wagner College Friday at 7 p.m.