Women's Soccer Edges Centenary in OT, 3-2

Hackettstown, NJ (9/10/08) – Senior defender Angela Martone (Toms River, NJ / Toms River South) scored off a free kick 4:50 into the first overtime period as Montclair State posted its second straight victory, 3-2 over Centenary College on Wednesday afternoon.

Freshman forward Rachel Senyszyn ( Succasunna, NJ / Roxbury) netted a pair of goals as the Red Hawks moved to 2-1 on the season with their second consecutive overtime victory. MSU, playing its first game in 10 days, downed Arcadia by the identical score in two overtimes at the Haverford Kickoff Classic on August 31.

The Red Hawks fell behind 1-0 in the first eight minutes as the Cyclones (1-3-1) Sam Vanni scored 7:43 into the contest. But Montclair would strike back quickly as sophomore Katie Minervini ( Oceanport, NJ / Shore Regional) fed Senyszyn for the first of her two goals as Montclair knotted up the score at the 10:07 mark.

Senyszyn would put MSU in front just under 10 minutes later as she scored her third goal in two games, this one off a Natalia Sisti (Lincoln Park, NJ / DePaul Catholic) assist as the Red Hawks took a 2-1 lead into the break. The assist gave Sisti 68 career points moving her into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time MSU scoring list.

Montclair’s lead would disappear five minutes into the second half as Lisa Stankiwciz scored unassisted as Centenary took advantage of a failed clear by the Red Hawks.

The game would move into overtime where Montclair would get the first shot, but Sisti’s attempt was stopped by Ashley Denti. Centenary would get off one shot that sailed wide before Martone found the back of the net for the first time this season giving the Red Hawks the victory.

Junior goalkeeper Leah Tepperman ( North Andover, MA / North Andover) made eight saves for Montclair State, which was outshot in the game, 21-20. Denti had six for the Cyclones, who also held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Montclair State returns to action on Saturday, September 13 as the Red Hawks take on Skidmore in the opening round of the Wellesley Invitational at 2:30 pm. It will be MSU’s third straight appearance in the tournament. Two years ago the Red Hawks edged Eastern Connecticut 1-0 to win the title. Last year, MSU and Wellesley tied 1-1 in the championship game with the host school winning the tournament on penalty kicks.