By Mike Ballard
CAMDEN - Senior forward Aubree McDermott (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) collected three goals and two assists for a school-record eight points and the Rutgers University-Camden women’s soccer team exploded for six first-half goals on its way to a 7-0 victory over the College of St. Elizabeth in a non-conference Homecoming Day game here Saturday afternoon.
The victory lifts the Lady Raptors to 8-4-1, while the Eagles fall to 1-8.
The victory was the Raptors’ biggest win since a 7-0 triumph over Farmingdale State Sept. 8, 2005. That Farmingdale game also produced the Lady Raptors’ last hat trick three goals by Allyson Jones before McDermott accomplished the feat against the Eagles. McDermott’s eight points broke the previous school single-game mark of seven shared by Jasmine Philip (Sept. 28, 2002 against New Jersey City) and Mary Ann Martell (Oct. 23, 1999, also against the College of St. Elizabeth).
After scoring six total goals in their previous seven games, which included a scoreless streak of 417:24, the Raptors launched 15 shots and produced six goals in the opening 45 minutes. Leading the first-half assault was McDermott, who scored the first goal and fifth goals and assisted on the second and third tallies, by freshman Jessica Leoni (Clementon, NJ/Highland Regional) and senior midfielder Deanna Richardson (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown).
Also scoring first-half goals were senior back Katie O’Connor (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) and senior midfielder Josephine Stansbury (Deptford, NJ/Gloucester Catholic).
The game was stopped early in the second half when freshman forward Kendyll Clayton (Philadelphia, PA/Holy Spirit) was taken to the hospital after a collision with St. Elizabeth goalie Krystle Fierro (Lanoka Harbor, NJ/Lacey Township). Clayton had a pair of first-half assists.
McDermott, who ended the Raptors’ long scoreless streak in a 1-0 win over Philadelphia Biblical University Thursday night, scored the only goal Rutgers-Camden needed at 6:45, assisted by Leoni and Richardson.
Leoni added a goal at 14:45, assisted by McDermott and Clayton. Richardson put in the rebound of her own blocked shot at 17:56 after a feed from McDermott.
O’Connor, playing in her 72nd game to tie Nicole Lauri (2000-03) for second place on the career list behind Katlyn Pagaduan’s (2002-05) 74 games, notched her third goal of the season at 22:57. It was assisted by freshman Tina Mascia ((Deptford, NJ/Washington Township).
Less than two minutes later, McDermott tallied on a breakaway at 24:47, assisted by Clayton.
Stansbury notched an unassisted goal at 41:15 and McDermott’s second-half goal, at 71:41, completed the scoring and her hat trick. It was assisted by freshman back Amber Chmura (Sicklerville, NJ/Winslow Township), who collected her first career point.
The Lady Raptors out-shot St. Elizabeth, 24-5, and held a 17-2 advantage in corner kicks. Rutgers-Camden goalies Jayme Gatti (Delran, NJ/Delran) and Kristen Cargen (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) collected two and one save, respectively, to share the shutout. St. Elizabeth keepers Alyssa Kirby (Verona, NJ/Verona) and Fierro made four saves apiece.
The Lady Raptors play another non-conference game Monday when they host Arcadia University at 6:15 p.m. in the nightcap of a men’s/women’s doubleheader. Rutgers-Camden’s men play John Jay College at 4 p.m.
The College of St. Elizabeth plays host to Mitchell College at 4 p.m. Wednesday.