The Lady Avengers enjoyed a successful double-header stint on the campus of Columbia University, as they knocked off New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), 2-0, and the host college, 1-0, respectively.
Tamara Queiroz accounted for all three goals on the day for ASA, while the defense held down the fort to earn the impressive victories. Veteran goalkeeper Sarah Dinert and newcomer Hannah Rizzi combined for the shutouts, as Dinert started both matches, with Rizzi coming in for the relief during the second halves to preserve the wins.
The opening match featured two goals from Queiroz, one off an assist from Fabiana Miguel and the other on a penalty kick.
Head coach Brett Polow was pleased with the way his team got off to the quick start against NJIT and applied the pressure from the onset.
"We set the tempo from the beginning with our possessions and had 14 shots on goal and quite a few corner kicks," said Polow, who also praised the defense. "The ladies in the back kept their patience while attacking, and remained vigilant when we lost the ball."
Polow also allowed that his team's overall depth attributed to the team's attrition and ability to sustain two grueling back-to-back matches.
"Everybody contributed to this game [against NJIT] and gave some ladies much needed rest going into the second game versus Columbia," the coach said, highlighting the solid work the group has put in during the offseason workout program. "Aside from the result, I was pleased that all of our ladies were able to contribute with quality minutes. The training sessions and work in the weight room are paying off dividends for everyone."
The second match displayed ASA's mettle. Queiroz netted the only tally of the contest when she buried her shot in the back of the net in the 15th minute. She scored off a Columbia misplay when the Lions failed to clear the ball out of their end.
The fact that Queiroz's mark was the lone score indicated just how tough a match the host team afforded, as Polow allowed that Columbia actually had more scoring chances and a real shot at winning the game.
"The game was back and forth. Columbia definitely had the better chances [with] four [shots on goals] at point-blank range, that both our goalkeepers made great saves," Polow said, adding the gameplan was to control the tempo. "We were able to slow down their pace with a methodical attack and a very compact defense. It was a successful night and a great honor for the ladies to play at Columbia University."