NYACK, N.Y. (Sept. 22, 2016) – Powered by goals from junior Heidi Serna (West Covina, Calif./South Hills) and redshirt sophomore Ileen Mejia (Whittier, Calif./La Mirada), the Mercy College women's soccer team picked up their fourth straight win with a 2-0 triumph over Nyack College in a non-conference matchup on Thursday afternoon at Moseley Field.
The Mavericks (5-2) improve to 4-0 in true road games, while the Warriors (2-5) see their two-game winning streak come to an end.
Mejia recorded her first goal of the season and finished with a team high three shots on goal, while Serna picked up her team-leading fifth goal of the year with two shots on goal. Freshman Jessica Brandt (Folsom, Calif./Folsom) added an assist and a shot on goal. Redshirt freshman Kaylynn Sobczyk (Orlando, Fla./Wellington) made her first collegiate start in net and posted a shutout to improve to 1-0.
Nyack was led by goalkeeper Julianna Kranes who made 12 saves in a losing effort.
Mercy dominated the action on the day, holding a 24-0 advantage in shots. Freshman Natalia Elizarraras (Whittier, Calif./Los Altos) opened the contest with the Mavericks best scoring chance when she hit the crossbar in the 7th minute. Mercy continued to fire away on Kranes who made a save on Mejia and a pair of saves on sophomore Haley Noble (Torrance, Calif./Torrance) in the first 17 minutes to keep the game scoreless.
After another Kranes save in the 19th minute, the Mavericks drew a penalty kick in the 21st minute. However, Brandt's attempt was stopped by Kranes to keep the game 0-0. Mercy continued to apply offensive pressure when the Warriors committed a foul in the box that led to Mejia scoring on a penalty kick to make it 1-0 in the 43rd minute.
The score remained 1-0 heading into halftime as the Mavericks held a 16-0 margin in shots, forcing Kranes to make seven saves in the period.
Mercy continued their dominance in the second half, but could not find the back of the net until Serna took a through ball from Brandt and fired the ball into the upper left corner to give the Mavericks a 2-0 lead in the 76th minute.
Mercy would hold on for the victory as the Mavericks backline stood its ground and did not allow a Nyack shot in 90 minutes of action.
Head Coach Jonathan Feinstein and the Mavericks look to win their fifth straight game when they host NYIT on September 28th at 1 p.m.