Natale, Nulton, lead Lady Monarchs in shutout
The brisk night at McCarthy Stadium did not phase the Lady Monarch’s in any way. Coach Frank Carrozza’s squad sailed to an easy 2-0 over visiting Lycoming College as they improved their record to (3-1-2).
With a loss tonight, Lycoming falls to (2-7). Early in the first half, King’s struck first with a Christina Nassaney goal, assisted by Amy Barge. The Lady Monarchs capitalized on a misplay by Lycoming keeper, Joelle Winey, as she was unable to clear a corner and the ball bounced right into Nassaney’s lap from point blank range and she didn’t miss for her second goal of the season.
King’s second goal came on a pretty finish from reining Freedom Conference Player of the Week Ivy Nulton in the 37th minute. This marks Nulton’s 5th time meeting the back of the onion bag this year. But Nulton couldn’t do it alone, a pretty pass from Savannah Tucker lead Nulton to the net to give King’s a commanding 2-0 lead which they never relinquished.
In the net tonight was Jessica Natale, and she did not disappoint. The star junior keeper recorded her 3rd straight clean sheet as she stopped all five shots that came her way. Natale did not take all the credit from her good play of late though. She had a few people to acknowledge after the game.
“Me and my goalie coach are working real hard,” Natale said following her clean sheet. “It’s not only me, it’s my defense too.”
Coach Carrozza was very pleased with not only how his keeper played but how his whole squad played overall.
“I think there were still some spots were we played a little spotty,” Carrozza said. “But I thought overall we played pretty well.”
Along with Natale, the defense pitched another solid outing, shutting down star Lycoming freshman Jordan Lazarich. Lazarich, who was named Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Week recently, entered Wednesday’s game with six goals in her first eight matches. She was no contest for King’s solid defense, as they held her in check with zero shot attempts.
But Carrozza was confident in his back line, especially when playing against an athlete the caliber of Lazarich.
“If we played our game, and just played it to our feet and controlled the game,” Carrozza said. “She was not going to get much action on the ball and I think we did a good job doing that.”
King’s dominated the first half in all phases of game and went into cruise control in the second half as the Warriors had no real opportunities to score on Natale. Kings will look to add another win to the column, on the road, at 12:00 p.m. against a tough Lebanon Valley College team, who enters the game with a (6-1-1) record.