Women's Soccer Blanks Kean in NJAC Tournament, 2-0

Montclair, NJ(11/1/08) – Freshman Symone Seldon (Trenton, NJ / Ewing) scored early and sophomore Christyn Scillieri (Wayne, NJ / Wayne Valley) added a goal late as fourth-seeded Montclair State blanked No. 5 seed Kean University, 2-0 in the opening round of the 2008 New Jersey AthleticConference Women’s Soccer Tournament at Sprague Field on Saturday evening. 

Junior goalkeeper Leah Tepperman (North Andover, MA / North Andover) made nine saves in recording her second straight shutout as the Red Hawks (10-9-1) advance to the semifinals on Wednesday, November 5. Montclair will face top-seeded Richard Stockton at 7:00 pm in Pomona.  Montclair, which is making its 10th appearance in the conference tournament, also avenged a 1-0 loss to the Cougars at Sprague Field back on October 1. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Leandra Russo (Galloway,NJ / Absegami) made eight saves for Kean (11-7-0), which fell to Montclairin the opening round for the second consecutive year. Last year, the Cougars,appearing in their seventh NJAC Tournament, dropped a 3-2 decision to MSU in the first round. Kean will be eligible for one of the eight ECAC MetroTournament bids which will be announced on Monday, November 10. 

After being shutout by the Cougars 31 days ago, MSU wasted little time getting on the board this go-around. Freshman Rachel Senyszyn (Succasunna, NJ/Roxbury) served a ball through from midfield where Seldon beat one defender before gaining control and lifting a shot past Russo at the 5:42 mark. It was Seldon’ssecond goal of the year.  

Each team would get their fair share of scoring chances inthe first half. Moments after the Seldon goal, Ashley DiRocco (Cranford,NJ / Cranford) was stopped by Tepperman and Russo made a save on Christina DeMartinis’ (Kinnelon, NJ/ Kinnelon) shot at 15:54.  Tepperman andRusso would each make three more saves in the final 30 minutes as Montclair State took the 1-0 lead into halftime.

Both teams applied plenty of pressure in the second half and again got opportunities, however neither could find the back of the net. Russo denied Tina Della Fave (Bordentown, NJ / Bordentown) early in the period and Tepperman made a sprawling save on Corey Pannone’s (Brick, NJ / Brick Township)blast at 61:27.  

Montclair State then extended its lead with 12:02 remaining. Senyszyn gathered a ball along the right sideline and moved within 15 yards before crossing a ball to the middle of the box.Scillieri picked up the pass and lofted a shot into the upper left portion ofthe goal for her second of the year.  

Kean would get one more chance three minutes after the Montclair goal, but Danielle Esposito’s (Holmdel, NJ/ Holmdel) shot at 80:12 clanked off the top of the crossbar.  

The Red Hawks held the edge in shots 18-14 with Kean gettingthe advantage in corner kicks, 4-3.