The Roadrunners lost their first NJAC game of the season on Saturday, dropping the conference opener to Montclair by a score of 3-0.
Ramapo’s fifth-year head coach Abby Shiffler reflected on how difficult it is to play and stay competitive against a top NJAC team, such as Montclair, and she praised the team’s execution.
“[It’s] tough to play Montclair for the first game of the NJAC season. They’re always a very competitive team, one of the top.”
The game’s scoring began at exactly 10:22 into the first half when sophomore midfielder Ashley Koester drilled a shot past freshman goalkeeper Elizabeth Harvell to give Montclair an early 1-0 advantage.
Montclair would add to their lead approximately two minutes later when forward,Tyler Madison, scored unassisted to make the score 2-0.
Sophie Calverley, a second year forward, converted a scoring opportunity to make the score 3-0 in the second half.
Harvell earned three saves for the Roadrunners.
The Roadrunners were outshot 12-8 overall, which included a 7-4 deficit in the category of shots on goal.
Michaela Knoblock, a second year forward/midfielder stated that the team as a whole must improve on finishing their shots.
“That’s definitely one thing that us a team need to work on: finishing, because we have really good chances, but no one knows how to finish, so that’s what we should definitely work on going ahead,” Michaela said.
Captain Nani Vizcaino said that the team needs to score in its next game against New York University in order to build momentum for their second NJAC game of the year against Stockton.
“We want to try and finish during NYU. We want to score goals because Stockton’s an NJAC game, and we want to prepare for that,” said Vizcaino.
The Roadrunners lost to No. 18 NYU last night by a score of 3-2 and are back in action on Saturday at Stockton at 1:00 p.m.