Dina Simonian produces hat trick as women's soccer downs Daemen, 4-2

Dina Simonian celebrates after a first-half goal on Saturday vs. Daemen.
Dina Simonian celebrates after a first-half goal on Saturday vs. Daemen.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — Captain Dina Simonian cracked NYIT's top-10 career goals list. And the NYIT women's soccer team made some noise in the East Coast Conference.

Simonian pulled the Bears out of an early two-goal deficit and finished with a hat trick as NYIT defeated Daemen, 4-2, at soggy President's Stadium on Saturday.

Freshman sensation Casey Luongo converted a penalty kick with 6:07 remaining to break a 2-all tie. Simonian then capped the scoring by converting a penalty kick with less than two minutes remaining after Luongo was tripped up in the box by the goalkeeper.

Luongo now has seven goals in her last five games.

Simonian upped her total to 16 goals during her four-year NYIT career. That moves her into a ninth-place tie with Stefania Santoli, who produced the same total from 2004 through '06. Simonian's three-goal game also allowed her to pass Renee Candito, who had a combined 14 goals in 2001 and '02.

"Dina has been a standout all four years of her career," coach Rachel Reeves said. "I am so fortunate to be able to have coached her for the last two seasons. She has demonstrated true leadership coming up big in close games."

NYIT improved to 1-1 in East Coast Conference play and is now 4-4 overall.

Simonian also produced a three-goal game last season against St. Thomas Aquinas. 

She also had the lone score a year ago in NYIT's 1-0 win at Daemen.

"Our team showed great will to win today in coming back from a two-goal deficit," Reeves said. "I am proud of how hard they worked to get the result."