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Women’s Soccer Suffers Second Loss

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The Red Hawks suffered a tough loss to TCNJ, but will look to rebound in future NJAC play. Photo courtesy of MSU Sports.

The Red Hawks suffered a tough loss to TCNJ, but will look to rebound in future NJAC play.
Photo courtesy of MSU Sports.

The Red Hawks were able to dominate William Paterson University in a 5-0 victory, but couldn’t replicate it in their game versus The College of New Jersey. The women’s soccer team lost 2-0 against the Lions and had their nine-game unbeaten streak snapped.

Prior to their most important game to date, the Red Hawks put forth a commanding performance against the Pioneers on Oct. 1. Sophomore forward Tyler Madison helped the team get off to a quick start when she scored just five minutes into the first half. Montclair had opportunities to punch through the Pioneers’ defense, but they were plagued by offsides and most of their passes were just out of the reach of Montclair State forwards.

With the wind literally at their backs, the Red Hawks blew the game wide open when they scored two goals within the first two minutes in the second half against William Paterson. Senior forward Martina Landeka headed in a cross from junior defender Kimberly Mignone to give Landeka her third goal of the season. Madison scored her second goal of the game and her eighth of the season, on a hard shot from the top of the box.

The Red Hawks increased their lead to 4-0 at the 62:56 mark when a cross went off a Pioneer defender and into the net. Montclair State dominated ball possession for the rest of the second half and outshot William Paterson 11-3. Freshman goalkeeper Erinne Finlayson made three saves in the contest and recorded her fourth shutout of the season.

On Homecoming weekend, the women’s soccer team was unable to repeat their performance when they lost 2-0 to The College of New Jersey. The No. 16-ranked Lions were able to stifle the then No. 23 Red Hawks, which caused Montclair’s nine-game unbeaten streak to come to an end.

The College of New Jersey got on the board early, scoring a pair of goals in the first 15 minutes of the game. The Lions’ Sarah Marion opened up the scoring at the 3:23 mark and Jessica Goldman blasted one in 12 minutes later to push the lead to 2-0. Montclair State generated a few chances off of a corner by junior defender Erin Sullivan, but the Lions’ defense thwarted any chance the Red Hawks had for the rest of the half.

The women’s soccer team got off to a better start, but struggled to find consistency in the second half. The Red Hawks’ best chance of the half was when junior midfielder Mallori Higbee sent a shot on net from just outside the box, but Lions’ goalie Jessica Weeder was able to come up with the save. Freshman goalie Molly Barrow made fives saves in the contest.

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