After narrowly missing out on the 2015 Northeast-10 Conference Championship Tournament, the Pace University women's soccer team headed into the 2016 season looking for redemption and newfound success. The Setters graduated only one senior the previous year, and returned 19 student-athletes who were hungry to win. A group of nine freshmen and one transfer entered the fold, creating the deepest roster the Setters had seen in a long time captained by Teresa Fotino, Ashley Kenny and Drew Ribadeneyra. Among the returning players was senior Alyssa Zeoli who missed the entire 2015 season. Zeoli had a record-breaking year back in 2014, setting new program marks with 18 goals and 40 total points. Pace finished 10th in the NE-10 in scoring the previous season, so Zeoli's presence was sure to be a difference maker for the Setters. Ribadeneyra returned from a highly decorated season in which she was named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference Team, ECAC All-Star Team and NSCAA All-East Region Team. Senior midfielder Delany William led the Setters in scoring and also earned her way onto the NE-10 All-Conference Team. Sophomore midfielder Robyn Seward was selected as an All-Rookie Team member after a solid freshman season.
Palm Beach Atlantic Tournament Champions
Alyssa Zeoli scored in the 18th minute for the Pace University women's soccer team in its season opener against Malone University, and it proved to be enough as the Setters picked up a 3-0 victory in the opener of the Palm Beach Atlantic Kickoff Classic. Freshman Alicia Buchanan scored her first college goal to make it 2-0 before Delany Williams added the final tally to secure a 3-0 win. Aisha Chauhan who owns the single season shutout record for Pace registered 6 saves to get her first shutout of 2016
Ribadeneyra's Five Points Fuel 3-1 Win Over PBA
Drew Ribadeneyra scored twice and assisted another for a five-point game, sending the Pace University women's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) on the final day of the PBA Kickoff Classic. Pace finishes the weekend with a perfect 2-0 record in the tournament. Ashley Kenny scored her first goal of the season for the Setters which erased an early 1-0 PBA lead.
Setters in Palm Beach Florida
Sinanan’s Late Header Fuels Pace Soccer to Big Victory over Saint Rose
Junior Emma Sinanan put herself in exactly the right place at the exact right time to head in the game-winning goal in the 80th minute of the Pace University women's soccer team's 2-1 victory over Northeast-10 Conference foe College of Saint Rose at Pace Stadium. Senior Ashley Kenny was instructed to "throw big" on a throw-in deep on the offensive end of the field.
Junior Drew Ribadeneyra lined up for a free kick from just beyond the box in the eighth minute of the game. She bent the shot toward the top-right corner of the net, where it deflected off the keeper's fingertips into the inside of the post to give Pace an early 1-0 advantage.In the 17th minute, Saint Rose's Nina Predanic managed to redirect a free kick from Totianyu Guadalupe toward the right of the net to tie the game at 1-1. Junior goalkeeper Aisha Chauhan stopped four shots to pick up the victory and improve to 5-2-2 on the year.
After a difficult stretch to open up conference play the Setters headed into October with a 2-4-2 conference record. The Setters would face three of the conference’s top teams in a 7 day span with the season’s play-off hopes in the balance. The Setters squared off against Southern New Hampshire University to conclude homecoming festivities at Pace Stadium. Alyssa Zeoli scored twice, and junior Hayley Pascoal recorded her first career win and shutout, both leading the Pace University women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Southern New Hampshire University.
Kealy's Last Minute Game-Winner
Setters win second in a row as Kealy’s Last Minute Game-Winner Pushes Pace Soccer Past AIC to Stay Undefeated at Pace Stadium and move to .500 in conference play. Kealy scored the game-winning goal with 22 seconds left in the second half, and goalkeeper Hayley Pascoal recorded her second straight shutout, both leading the Pace University women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over American International College at Pace Stadium in Northeast-10 Conference play Wednesday evening. The Setters remained undefeated at home (5-0-2) with the win over the Yellow Jackets.
Pace Soccer blanks No.7 Stonehill
Williams Scores Early Winner, Pascoal Records Third-Straight Shutout as Pace Soccer Blanks No. 7 Stonehill. A first-half goal by Delany Williams on an assist from Robyn Seward lifted the Pace University women's soccer team to a 1-0 upset of No. 7 Stonehill College on the road at Skyhawk Field in a crucial Northeast-10 Conference matchup. This marked the third consecutive shutout for Pascoal and the Pace Defensive Unit . The Setters defeated a Top-10 nationally-ranked opponent for the second straight season.
Setters knock off New haven 3-0 for a Senior Day win
The Setters celebrated Senior Day prior to the start of the game. Seniors Teresa Fotino, Ashley Kenny, Natalie Marrone, Delany Williams and Alyssa Zeoli were honored for all of their contributions to the women's soccer team over their tenures at Pace. Zeoli scored twice in the shutout victory over the Chargers for her second two-goal game of the season. Williams scored Pace's second goal to give Pace even more reason to celebrate the seniors.
Magic Bus Tour
After surrendering a late lead, Delany Williams got redemption for the Pace University women's soccer team, scoring the double-overtime winner in the 108th minute to give the Setters a 2-1 victory over Assumption College at the Multi-Sport Stadium, clinching a berth into the Northeast-10 Conference Championships as the No. 6 seed for the Setters. Junior Tabatha Gonzalez scored early in the second half to give the Setters a 1-0 lead which they held until the final minute of regulation.
No. 6 Pace Soccer Blanks No. 3 SCSU in Quarterfinals for First NE-10 Tournament Win in Program History
A first-half penalty-kick goal by junior Drew Ribadeneyra and stellar defensive play led the No. 6-seeded Pace University women's soccer team to a 1-0 shutout victory over No. 3 Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship Quarterfinals at Jess Dow Field. The Setters pick up the first NE-10 Tournament victory in program history to advance to the semifinal round, where they will host No. 7 Le Moyne College at Pace Stadium.
SCSU's Kieran DeBiase tried a header on net in the 41st minute, but junior goalkeeper Hayley Pascoal stopped the shot to maintain the shutout heading into the half.
The Owls had a number of strong chances in the second half, but junior goalkeeper Aisha Chauhan who took over at the start of the second frame, was up for the task in keeping the Owls off the board.
No. 6 Pace Soccer Rolls Past No. 7 Le Moyne to Advance to First NE-10 Championship Game
The Pace University women's soccer team picked the best time of the year to play its best soccer, as the sixth-seeded Setters rolled to a 3-0 victory over No. 7 Le Moyne College in Northeast-10 Conference Championship Semifinal matchup at Pace Stadium. The Setters now advance to Sunday's NE-10 Championship game against No. 4 Stonehill College at Skyhawk Field in Easton, Mass. After winning the program's first NE-10 Tournament game, the Setters now move on to the finals for the first time ever.
Freshman Shannon Glenn headed a beautiful cross along the goal line from Delany Williams past the keeper to give Pace an early 1-0 lead in the 14th minute. The goal was Glenn's first career score. The Setters held the one-goal lead until the 70th minute when sophomore Victoria Kealy sent a corner kick right to Ashley Kenny who headed it into the back of the net to double the lead late in the game.
Alyssa Zeoli put one more on the board for the Setters in the 87th minute. She was set up on a long cross from sophomore Robyn Seward leading Zeoli on a breakaway. Her shot was tipped by the keeper, but managed to stay on target and cross the line to make it a 3-0 lead in the final minutes for the Setters.
record Tying evening
- Zeoli's late goal marked the 27th of her storied career at Pace, tying the program's all-time record set by former teammate Jillian Ferro.
- With their 12th win of the season, the Setters match their highest win total in any season, which was set back in 2001 when they went 12-11 overall.
- With the team's ninth shutout of the season, the Setters tie a program record, which was set just last year.
Zeoli Sets Goals Record on Late Equalizer, but Pace Soccer Falls Late to Stonehill in NE-10 Championship
Trailing 1-0 for much of the game, the sixth-seeded Pace University women's soccer team looked to be on the edge of defeat in the final minutes of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship Game against No. 4-seed Stonehill College. Senior Alyssa Zeoli then redirected a pass from Delany Williams in the 84th minute into the left corner of the net to tie the game. Before regulation could end, Stonehill found a way to score one more goal off the leg of Lauren Kapatoes with 1:39 to play, earning the Skyhawks the 2016 Northeast-10 Conference Title.
NE-10 ALL-CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
- Zeoli and Williams were both named to the 2016 Northeast-10 All-Championship Team for their efforts throughout the NE-10 Championship Tournament.
- Zeoli scored twice during the week for a total of four points, while Williams dished out a pair of assists, including the helper on the game-winner in Friday's semifinal.
- Zeoli's late goal was her ninth of the year, and the 28th of her storied career at Pace, putting her in first place all-time on the Pace women's soccer career goals list.
- Her 20 points this season give her 63 for her career, placing her second all-time.
- Zeoli set the single-season goals (18) and points (40) records back in 2014.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In the 26th minute, Kapatoes scored the first goal of the game on a header off a feed from Taylor Shannahan, giving the Skyhawks an early 1-0 advantage.
- Zeoli's goal tied the game in the 84th minute, seemingly setting the game up for overtime.
- Stonehill's Emily Scollard sent a cross into the box, where it found Kapatoes' head about six yards out, allowing her to score her second of the game and the game-winning goal in the 89th minute.
Historical Season Comes to an End
- Pace won the first two NE-10 Championship Tournament games in program history this past week.
- The Setters picked up 12 wins for just the second time in the team's 18-year history.
- The .619 win percentage the Setters earned in 2016 is the highest percentage in program history.
- Senior Teresa Fotino set two new career records, having started and played in 79 games through her four seasons. Both are new program-bests.
- Senior Ashley Kenny will sit close behind Fotino on both lists, finishing with 74 games played and 73 starts to move into third in both categories.
- Junior Drew Ribadeneyra was named the 2016 Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and was also selected to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District™ First Team for the second straight year.
- Ribadeneyra was joined by Zeoli, Williams, junior goalkeeper Hayley Pascoal and freshman Amanda Duddy as NE-10 All-Conference honorees this season.