NYIT’s Sabal Nets Weekly ECC Defensive Player Honors

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NYIT's Jessie Sabal. Photo: NYIT

Through the first 11 matches for NYIT’s women’s soccer team, goalkeeper Jessie Sabal has been its defensive backbone, allowing only nine goals and earning seven clean sheets.

Following back-to-back 1-0 wins for the Bears this past week in which she made a total of 11 saves, Sabal was named the East Coast Conference women’s soccer Defensive Player of the Week. With the two clean sheet wins over Molloy and St. Thomas Aquinas, the senior from Valley Stream lowered her goals against average to 0.84 and her .859 save percentage ranks first in the conference.

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Sabal also set an NYIT career record for career clean sheets with 14, surpassing the previous record of 12 held by Jenna Ament, who played for the Bears from 2005-2008. She also surpassed the team’s single-season record of six clean sheets set in 2010 by Kathryn Miller.

“It’s cool. It’s a nice accomplishment,” said Sabal, who has won the ECC weekly defensive player of the week honor three times this season. “I really couldn’t have done it without my back line, though. They’ve been solid all season. I just come out and play. I don’t focus on outside factors like that.”

In addition, LIU Post’s freshmen Kendra Oldroyd was named the conference Rookie of the Week. In wins over American International College and Lincoln University, Oldroyd scored the game-winning goal in both matches and finished the week with three goals.

On the ECC Honor Roll, this week was LIU Post goalkeeper Hillevi Eklow and Patchogue’s Corinna Ferrante of Mercy. Eklow had two clean sheets during the past week, while Ferrante had a goal and an assist in Mercy’s win over Daemen.