The William Paterson women’s soccer team extended its winning streak to three games on Monday night at home after making quick work of the College of Staten Island, winning the game 5-1.
The Pioneers seem to have hit their mid-season stride, dismantling their last three opponents by a combined 12 goals.
Right out of the gate, the Pioneers were thrown into a 1-0 deficit after College of Staten Island’s Lauren Smith had a 5th minute chip over the keeper. That however, didn’t even phase William Paterson as they tied the game up just four minutes later before eventually taking the lead by the 10th minute of the game.
Both of WPU’s first two goals came from the team’s leading scorer, junior forward Marisa Adelman. Head coach Keith Woods credits Adelman’s recent success to an adjustment in her style of play.
“She was trying to do too much early on,” said Woods. “Now she’s kind of letting things come to her.”
Adelman has been scoring goals in bunches for the Pioneers. On the heels of a hat-trick in William Paterson’s win over NJCU on Saturday which lifted her to NJAC offensive player of the week recognition, Adelman netted four goals on Monday night–extending her goal streak to four games with 10 in that span, while moving into sole possession of third place on the all-time WPUWS career goals list with 45.
Along with the play of Adelman, junior midfielder Kristen Bowe scored and assisted her first goals of the season, while freshman midfielder Michaela Stanton and junior forward Lorraine Moffitt each recorded an assist on Monday night.
The Pioneers now turn their attention to NJAC rival Montclair State University as they resume conference play on Wednesday. Coach Woods plans on utilizing a similar approach as their last three games as they inch closer to their tilt with the Red Hawks.
“For us, it’s about defense first. If we can defend against Montclair, I think we’ll have our chances going forward,” said Woods. “Marisa is so dangerous on the counter attack, but we have to make sure we defend well and we’ll get our chances in the attacking third off of that.”
The Pioneers will put their three-game win streak on the line as they travel up Rt. 46 to take on Montclair State on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 PM.