By Brittany Harris
On September 9th, the FIT Women’s Soccer team, now in their second season, started it off right by defeating Bergen Community College. “Nerves were high,” Coach Bevivino said as he described the anticipated match against the Bulldogs. “We really wanted to accomplish a few things; start the season off with a win, settle the score against last years’ loss and find out how the team would play together.”
The Tigers dominated the 90 minute game with 33 shots on goals. Leading the offense, Nia Hakenhof scored the first two goals of the game in the 77th and 83rd minute. Following in fine fashion, Katie Snyder scored the third goal of the game during the 85th minute. Coach Bevivino reflected on the first goal of the season; “It was a nail biter! We were putting shot after shot on net and just nothing would make it through but finally Nia got by and put one in the back. I knew at that point, this was gonna be our game!” He went on to say, “six minutes later Nia put another one in the net and it was only two minutes later Katie got herself in the books.”
However, the Tigers’ impressive game opener was in large part due to the defense. Led by Senior defender, Sarah Cappy, along with Freshman defenders; Lindsay Hartman, Lauren Turkowski and Melanie Daniel, the defense held the Bulldogs to only four shots on goal. Goalie, Kate Snow, received her first clean sheet of the season and the Tigers won three to zero over the Bergen Bulldogs.
Assistant Coach Taylor Miller noted, “The girls haven’t played together before this game other than practice. Seeing them play the way they did was a huge confidence boost to the team and the coaching staff.”