Fiona Wright (left), fighting for the ball, has three goals in four games for NJIT this season. (Photo courtesy of NJIT)
HILLSIDE, N.J. — Freshman Fiona Wright scored twice and sophomore Katrina Nguyen-DeMary collected two assists in NJIT’s 4-1 victory over Fairfield University on the campus of Kean University East Campus Facility Sunday afternoon.
The win was the second straight for the Highlanders, who improved to 2-1-1 while the Stags (3-1) suffer their first loss.
NJIT had three goal scorers in the victory – sophomore transfer Tara Walenczyk (23:20), sophomore Jennifer Callaghan (37:24) and Wright (52:14; 64:16).
In the last two matches, Wright has tallied three goals and with Nguyen-DeMary’s two assists against Fairfield, the sophomore paces the team with three assists.
Freshman Angela Harris tallied her first collegiate assist on Callaghan’s goal.
Graduate student goalkeeper Amelia Sapirman recorded her second consecutive win, allowing one goal and making seven saves in 90 minutes. Sapirman, who has played all four matches, has allowed two goals in 380 minutes.
The Highlanders got on the board in the 24th minute after a goal by Walenczyk, which assisted by Nguyen-DeMary. Nguyen-DeMary played the ball over the defensive line to Walenczyk, who beat the keeper, settled the ball and tucked away her first goal this season.
In the 27th minute, Walenczyk crossed the ball from the right side to Brooke McGee inside the box. She headed the ball, but goalkeeper Aytana Muschajew stretched out for the save.
Fairfield attempted two back-to-back shots in the 30th and 31st minutes, both saved by Sapirman.
NJIT added an insurance goal in the 38th minute on a goal by Callaghan assisted by Harris for a 2-0 lead over the Stags. The goal was Callaghan’s first this season.
Wright scored her first goal in the 53rd minute, which assisted by Nguyen-DeMary. Wright’s shot from the top of the box, bounced over Muschajew and into the net.
Fairfield got on the board in the 55th minute on a header off a corner kick by Mel Hingher, which assisted by Gabby Diodati.
Wright struck her second goal of the match and third of the season on a penalty kick in the 65th minute for the final score.
The Highlanders edged the Stags in shots, 15-14, and corner kicks, 7-5.
NJIT will wrap up its four-match homestead when it hosts UMass Lowell at Kean University East Campus Facility Friday at 3:30 p.m.