Montclair State senior midfielder Marie Plaskett scored with 58 seconds remaining to lift fourth-seeded MSU to the ECAC Division III Metro Women's Soccer Championship with a 1-0 victory over second-seeded New York University at Sprague Field this weekend.
The title was the first for Montclair State, which was making just its second post-season appearance ever. Last year, the Red Hawks lost to Richard Stockton, 1-0 in the ECAC semifinals in Poughkeepsie, NY.
MSU junior Danielle Malyska took a corner kick with just over a minute to go and lofted a crossing pass that Plaskett headed from the left side into the right hand corner past the NYU goalkeeper.
Montclair (17-4-2) had the first chance early in the second half as Plaskett's shot from 15 yards out was stopped. MSU saw another opportunity slip away as Stephanie Santos had a shot deflect off the crossbar. The Violets (11-7-2) had their chance with just over four minutes to go, but a shot from 18 yards out was handled by Red Hawks goalkeeper Stephanie Romanko.
Romanko made three saves as she recorded her 14th shutout of the season. NYU, was outshot 11-5.