Women’s Soccer Squeezes into NCAA Tournament

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Published November 9, 2015
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Women's Soccer will take on Springfield College on Nov. 14. Photo courtesy of Montclair State Athletics
Women's Soccer will take on Springfield College on Nov. 14. Photo courtesy of Montclair State Athletics

Women’s Soccer will take on Springfield College on Nov. 14.
Photo courtesy of Montclair State Athletics

After making it through a period of uncertainty, it’s official. The Red Hawks made it into the NCAA Tournament and will face Springfield College in the first round.

The team’s season was in limbo after they lost in the first round of the NJAC conference tournament. However, they were ranked nationally for most of the season and now enter the NCAA tournament as a #8 seed.

Montclair State will go up against Springfield College on Nov. 14. The victor will face the winner of Messiah College and College of Staten Island in the second round on Nov. 15. Messiah College, the top seed in the bracket, will be hosting the first two rounds at Shoemaker Field, Grantham PA.

Last year, the Red Hawks made it to the third round of the tournament, but lost 2-0 to Lynchburg College, the eventual tournament champion.

The women currently have a 14-3-2 recorded and won four out of their final five games of the season. Freshman goalkeeper Erinne Finlayson contributed eight of the team’s 12 shutouts and finished third in shutouts in NJAC. Additionally, sophomore forward Tyler Madison lead the team with nine goals and 18 points.

Springfield won their conference tournament for the fourth time in a row and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Pride needed penalty kicks to secure victory in each of their conference games. They have an 11-5-5 record and ended their regular season on a two-game winning streak.

Check back to The Montclarion on Nov. 14 to see how Montclair State fares in the NCAA Tournament this year.

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