BRYN ATHYN, Pa. (NJCUGothicKnights.com) | For the second night in a row sophomore Mallensy Vargas (North Bergen, NJ/Memorial) was unable to be contained and on September 13, her record-breaking effort led the Gothic Knights to a come-from-behind victory. Vargas set a single-game school record with 17 shots—nine on goal—twice scored the game-tying goal and won it with just 88 seconds remaining as the New Jersey City University women's soccer team earned a non-conference road win in Pennsylvania for the second straight night with a 3-2 triumph over Bryn Athyn College under the lights at General Ronald K. Nelson Field.
Just 24 hours after leading NJCU (2-4) to its first win of the season—1-0 at Cedar Crest—on a day she had 15 shots attempted, Vargas notched her second career hat trick and 16th, 17th and 18th career goals, erupting for all three scores in the second half. The Lions (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season.
Vargas, the 2016 New Jersey Athletic Conference co-Rookie of the Year, now has 32 shots in her last two games. Vargas tied it at 1-1 in the 52nd minute after Bryn Athyn led 1-0 at the half, and tied it again in the 78th minute after the Lions regained a 2-1 edge in the 64th.
NJCU outshot Bryn Athyn by a staggering 37-8 margin—including 17-5 on goal—as Vargas rewrote the Gothic Knight record book with 17 shots. Her final shot midway through the 89th minute won the game and eclipsed the program standard of 16 shots set by future Hall-of-Famer Jennifer Albuja on October 1, 2007 and Katlin Vargo on October 21, 2009.
The Lions were only able to stay in the game because of the play of Bryn Athyn sophomore keeper Allie Warren (Tower City, Pa.) who had a career-high 14 saves. Junior goalkeeper Dominique Jackson (Bayonne, NJ/Bayonne) made three saves to preserve the win, including a shot on goal with just 40 seconds remaining.
Sophomore midfielder Kristen White (Voorhees, N.J.) put Bryn Athyn in front 1-0 at the 16:02 mark with her second goal of the season, lofting a free kick from 30 yards that slipped through Jackson's fingers as she reached up towards the left post. NJCU outshot BAC 16-3 in the first half but trailed, 1-0, at the break.
Vargas tied it in the 52nd minute as sophomore forward Liliana Ventura (West New York, NJ/Memorial) fed the ball to Vargas from the right side of the penalty mark, for a shot around a defender from 18 yards. It was Ventura's first assist of the season.
BAC regained the lead early in the 64th minute. Jackson charged off her line to challenge a one-on-one breakaway with sophomore forward Shelby Puccio (Southampton, Pa.). Jackson broke up the play but the ball caromed to junior forward Rose Glass (Philadelphia, Pa.) on the left wing for a shot at an open net.
Vargas took matters into her own hands, scoring two near identical unassisted goals to tie and win it. At the 77:30 mark she evened the match (2-2), dribbling away from two Lion defenders and unloaded a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area, finding the back of the net.
Vargas had the next four shots for NJCU, resulting in a pair of saves by Warren to keep it even before the NJCU standout won it with her fifth goal of the season at 88:32, eluding defenders before hitting a right-footed shot inside the left post.
Freshman back Natalie Becker (Bayonne, NJ/Bayonne) added seven shots (two on goal) and three other players tallied at least three shots. NJCU had 21 shots in the second half.
- Series: First meeting.
- Most shots in a game in NJCU women's soccer history:
- 17, Mallensy Vargas (North Bergen, NJ/Memorial), at Bryn Athyn College, 09/13/2017
- 16, Jennifer Albuja, Keystone College, 10/01/2007
- 16, Katlin Vargo, Staten Island, 10/21/2009
- 15, Mallensy Vargas (North Bergen, NJ/Memorial), at Cedar Crest College, 09/12/2017
- 15, Jacque-Lyn Johnson, Medgar Evers College, 09/08/2014
- 15, Jennifer Albuja, Medgar Evers, 09/06/2008
- 15, Jennifer Albuja, Medgar Evers, 09/13/2008
- NJCU opens New Jersey Athletic Conference play on Saturday, September 16 at 2 p.m. when it hosts Rowan University at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field. Rowan (3-1-1), the two-time defending NJAC champions, is currently ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Division III/United Soccer Coaches South Atlantic Regional Poll.
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