By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Ewing – The College of New Jersey has stopped the Kean Cougars win streak to begin their season.
The Cougars came into this game, as they had an 8-0 mark. But the Lions were the first ranked team that Kean faced this season.
As a result, the Lions defeated the Cougars, 1-0, last night at Lions Stadium.
“It’s not as much about them, as it is about us,” said TCNJ head coach Sharon Pfluger. “I thought we played a great mid-field game, and we attacked a lot. We just needed to capitalize more.”
The Lions have won six straight games after losing the first game of the season against Stevens Institute of Technology. Now, they stand at 6-1 and 2-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
The Cougars dropped to 8-1 on the season. And they are 1-1 within the NJAC.
With the 2-0 conference record, the Lions are in first place of the NJAC. But the Montclair State Red Hawks can tie their 2-0 mark on Wednesday night, as they take on William Paterson.
“I’m happy that we won [last night],” said coach Pfluger. “We take it one game at a time, and I’m happy the way they played.”
The Lions had 19 penalty corners in the game. This included 14 penalty corners in the second half.
“They had some nice saves,” said coach Pfluger. “Things didn’t go our way. Lindsey [Hatch] had some great shots, and we had some really nice effort. We just didn’t thread the needle.”
The Cougars had the ball in the Lions end and were feet away from taking the ball on net when the time expired. That was one of only a few times that they had in the Lions end of the field.
The Lions dominated the play and kept the ball in the Cougars end of the field for much of the game.
Erin Healy scored the Lions lone goal in the first half. She scored on a rebound off of her first attempt.
“I thought it was a really nice goal,” said coach Pfluger. “Erin was working really hard, as she got her own rebound and put the ball in the back of the net for our lone goal of the game.”
Amanda Krause picked up her sixth win of the season, yet she did not make a single save in the game. The Cougars had one shot that it was wide.
“She has to be ready whether she sees a shot on goal or not,” said coach Pfluger.
Katie DiCarlo made 12 saves in the game and suffered her first defeat of the season, as she dropped to 8-1 on the season.
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