Yeshiva Closes Out Season With Thrilling Win Over College of New Rochelle
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The Yeshiva University women's soccer team concluded the 2017 season with a thrilling victory over the College of New Rochelle, 4-3, at Flowers Park on Thursday evening. YU now finishes the season with a 2-12 record. The Blue Angels drop to 3-5.
Freshman midfielder Danielle Blicker led the way with two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist.
"I am extremely proud of the effort and team victory tonight," Yeshiva University head coach Marc Zharnest said. "This team has battled all year and deserves this win. To start and end the year with wins is a big statement for this program. It shows the determination of the players and their work ethic."
Yeshiva was aggressive on the attack to start the match. In the third minute, Blicker had two shots from inside the box stopped by CNR's goalkeeper Alexzandra Czarkosky, but finally cashed in by gaining a second rebound and slipping the ball into the back of the net to give YU an early 1-0 advantage.
In the seventh minute, Blicker crossed the ball from the right wing to junior midfielder Anabella Berti, who sprinted down the field and kicked the ball past Czarkosky, one-on-one, and into the net to give the Maccabees' a two-goal lead.
Yeshiva did not step off the pedal for the remainder of the first half, as YU kept the ball in New Rochelle's end for the majority of the opening period. In the 37th minute, junior forward Eliana Tuchman crossed the ball from the right wing to classmate Rebecca Rothschild, who was inside the box. She executed a lateral one-touch pass to senior defender Stephanie Roffe, who tipped the ball into the net to give the Maccabees a three-goal cushion. That would be the score at the end of the half.
The Blue Angels were flying out of the gate in the second half, scoring two goals in the first 2:35 of the period to narrow the Maccabees' lead to 3-2. New Rochelle earned two corner kick opportunities with a chance to tie the match, but the defense of Yeshiva would not allow the opposition to get the equalizer.
In the 73rd minute, Blicker had a one-on-one opportunity against the goalkeeper, and ended up scoring her second goal of the evening, to extend YU's lead to 4-2. The insurance goal ended up being the official game-winning tally.
New Rochelle scored in the 87th minute to cut Yeshiva's lead back down to one, at 4-3. However, the defense of the Maccabees did not allow a single opportunity for the opposition to tie the match in the closing minutes. The Maccabees ended up winning the contest, 4-3.
For the evening, Yeshiva had the advantage in shots, 25-12, while New Rochelle had the edge in corner kicks, 5-2. Sophomore goalkeeper Gabriella Chutter started the match and made a pair of saves to pick up her second victory of the season. Freshman goalkeeper Rivka Lindenblatt came in relief and stopped three shots.
The women's soccer team will be back in action in 2018. "I can't wait to see what's in store for us moving forward," Zharnest said.