2018 #ASUNWSOC Season Preview: NJIT Highlanders

LakePoint, Ga. - With the 2018 ASUN Women's Soccer season around the corner, we scope out our nine conference squads in preparation for the 26th season of ASUN Women's Soccer beginning August 16.

NJIT begins its fourth year in the ASUN Conference under the leadership of third-year head coach Ally Nick. Under her guidance, the Highlanders posted their first winning record since 2005, going 9-8 with a 2-5 mark in conference play.

The roster shapes out with five incoming freshmen and 15 upperclassmen who look to lead with experience. Arianna Gerber looks to bounce back off a shortened season in which she still tallied nine points in ten contests. 2017 All-Freshman Team member Yasmeen Malik readies to build off her first season in which she was one of just three players to start every game. Graduate student Amelia Sapirman will hope to provide veteran leadership in the net as she nears the 100-save mark in her career.

Active Career Leaders                        
Games Started:
 Arianna Gerber (43), Emily Heckman (35), Noelle Batista (30), Melanie Zrno (29)
Points: Arianna Gerber (23), Melanie Zrno (17), Nicole Baldassini (15)
Goals: Arianna Gerber (7), Melanie Zrno (7), Nicole Baldassini (6)
Assists: Arianna Gerber (9), Noelle Batista, Nicole Baldassini & Melanie Zrno (3)
Saves: Amelia Sapirman (65)

2018 Top Returning Statistical Leaders
Games Started:
 Jennifer Callaghan, Emily Heckman & Yasmeen Malik (17)
Points: Arianna Gerber (7), Four Players (4)
Goals: Arianna Gerber (2) Jennifer Callaghan, Fiorella Doglio & Katrina Nguyen-Demary (2)
Assists: Arianna Gerber (3), Nicole Baldassini, Noelle Batista & Emily Heckman (2)
Saves: Amelia Sapirman (51)

NJIT's Schedule Breakdown
Home Matches:
 9
Away Matches: 9
Neutral Matches:
First Home Match: vs. LIU Brooklyn (Aug. 19 - 1 PM)
First Road Match: at Monmouth (Aug. 17 - 7 PM)
Opening ASUN Contest: vs. Lipscomb (Sept. 21 - 3 PM)

Roster Breakdown
Graduate: 1
Seniors: 7
Juniors: 8
Sophomores: 8
Freshmen: 5
Transfers: 1

Coaching Profile
Head Coach: Ally Nick
Alma Mater: La Salle, 2010
Record at NJIT: 15-17-3
Career Record: 15-17-3

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