BY KEVIN STEELE – It was a one-sided match as William Paterson University’s women’s soccer team claimed a decisive 10-0 victory over the Brooklyn College Bulldogs on Monday.
The first goal was scored by Ashley Cozzi, a sophomore, in the 8th minute of the game. This was the beginning of the onslaught by the Pioneers.
“I think that the first goal is always one of the most important because it gets the whole team going,” Cozzi said. “So scoring that [goal] livened up the spirits and made everyone feel a lot better.”
Cozzi and Marisa Adelman, a sophomore, scored two goals each. Eight players in total put up points for WPU. The ball rarely stuck with one player for long as the Pioneers worked together to keep the ball away from their goalie. Head Coach Keith Woods was pleased by their cohesive play.
“I think it just shows the culture that we have here, how it’s team first,” Woods said. “They really try to get each other involved in the game, and I thought they did a good job tonight connecting passes.”
The first period ended with a score of 3-0, but the Pioneers turned up the heat during the second half. Adelman gave the assist to Cozzi who made the score 4-0 in the 1st minute of the second half.
“We got frustrated in the beginning because we should have been scoring a lot more,” Adelman said. “But we kept combining in the box, and changing the point of attack, and we got the 10 goals eventually at the end.”WPU’s record is 9-6-1; they have only one loss at home. One home game remains in the season – Senior Night – Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at Wightman Stadium against Rutgers-Newark.
“We control our own destiny to get in the conference playoffs,” Coach Woods said. “If we can win both, we can get up to probably about 5th in the conference. If we win one out of two, we’ll probably finish 6th. We’re looking to win both.”