Women's soccer off to best start since 2003, ups win streak to five matches after blanking Holy Family

Taylor Casey, who had the opening goal, in action during Thursday's match.
Taylor Casey, who had the opening goal, in action during Thursday's match.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — The NYIT women's soccer team's historic season continued Thursday.

Taylor Casey scored the game-winner on a feed from Caroline Piazza early in the second half and the Bears ran their winning streak to five matches with a 2-0 win against Holy Family at President's Stadium.

NYIT (7-4) now owns its longest winning streak since prevailing in seven straight matches during the 2003 season. It also is the Bears' best start to a season in 14 years.

Holy Family, which is in second place in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, dropped to 10-4 overall.

Casey tallied her second goal of the season at 52:01. She also netted the double-overtime game-winner against Georgian Court on Sept. 14.

Dina Simonian sealed the win with a goal at 83:54. Simonian now has 18 career goals in four seasons at NYIT. That moves her into an eighth-place tie with Megan Emanuelo (2008-09) on the program's all-time list.

Goalkeeper Jessie Sabal earned her third shutout of the season and fifth of her career. That moves Sabal into a fifth-place tie with Lauren Phillips, who played for the Bears in 2003, on NYIT's all-time shutout list. The record holder is Jenna Ament, who had a combined 12 shutouts from 2005 through '07.

"It was rewarding to get a result against a good in-region opponent," coach Rachel Reeves said. "Our defense did a great job the entire game, and we did well capitalzing on opportunities in the final third."

NYIT, which is 2-1 in league play, steps back into East Coast Conference action on Saturday against St. Thomas Aquinas at President's Stadium.

"We have great momentum right now," Casey said. "I'm really looking forward to seeing how we advance throughout the season. We are looking to come out very strong this Saturday against STAC and get the win."