LIU blanks Seton Hall for first win of the season

LIU Brooklyn junior Sydney Ciufo helped lead the Blackbirds to their first win of the season with her first goal of the year. Photo courtesy of LIU Athletics.

LIU Brooklyn junior Sydney Ciufo helped lead the Blackbirds to their first win of the season with her first goal of the year. Photo courtesy of LIU Athletics.

LIU Brooklyn’s goalkeeper Jessica Sexton said that she wanted to break her own school record for most shutouts in a season. Well, two games into the season she now has one after blanking Big East opponent Seton Hall in a 1-0 victory at LIU Field Monday night. It was the first win in their last nine games against Big East opponents for the Blackbirds.

Sexton stopped eight shots in total including three in the first half and one at the 23rd minute that appeared ticketed for the back of the net. The shutout was the 16th of her career.

There was no score in the first half of the game until the Blackbirds finally got on the scoreboard when Sydney Ciufo landed a one time shot. On the play, a free kick by Sexton led to an opportunity for freshman Madison Gomez. Her shot was blocked though by stopped by Seton Hall goalie Jennifer Pettigrew and Ciufo found the rebound for a goal.

Things weren’t exactly easy after that for LIU. Seton Hall out-shot the Blackbirds 18-8 with five shots on goal coming in the final 20 minutes and three shots on goal coming in the final five. Sexton stood up to them all though to lead the Blackbirds to victory and to earn her first save of the year.

Shino Kunisawa took three shots in the game, none on goal, Jen Spicer and Rayah Seckler each had one shot on goal and Caroline Kaplan had another shot go wide.


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