Women's Soccer Has Winning Streak Snapped

Montclair, NJ (9/19/09) – Sophomore midfielder Veronica Rhea (Pennsauken, NJ / Paul VI) scored the go-ahead goal  midway through the second period and also added an assist as 22nd-ranked Rowan University opened defense of its New Jersey Athletic Conference title with a 3-1 victory over Montclair State at MSU Soccer Park on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Evynn Wright (Marlton, NJ / Eastern Regional) and freshman Melanie Wittenberger (Tabernacle, NJ / Seneca) each scored as the Profs moved to 4-1-1 on the season, 1-0 in the NJAC.

Junior midfielder Jackie McGrath (Vernon, NJ / Vernon) scored the lone goal for Montclair State, which had its three-match winning streak snapped. The Red Hawks are now 4-2 overall, 0-1 in the NJAC.

Wright gave the Profs a 1-0 lead 16:25 into the contest. Rhea served a corner kick into the box where Wright controlled the ball before firing a shot into the net for her first tally of the year. That Rowan advantage would be short-lived as Montclair answered 1:59 later off a corner kick of its own. Nicole Anulewicz (Woodbridge, NJ / Woodbridge) lofted a corner kick to McGrath, who headed the ball in for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.

That’s the way the game would stay until 18 minutes into the second half when Rhea collected her third goal of the season. Off another corner kick, Nina Fergoso (Franklinville, NJ / Delsea Regional) booted a kick to Katina Anthony (Haddon Township, NJ / Haddon Township), who then one-touched the ball to Rhea for the goal and a 2-1 Profs lead.

Wittenberger capped off the scoring with her first career goal with 15:16 to go in the contest.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jillian Brennan (Saddle Brook, NJ / Saddle Brook) made four saves for Rowan, which outshot Montclair State 19-6 and held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Leah Tepperman (North Andover, MA / North Andover) posted nine saves for the Red Hawks.

Both teams are off until Wednesday, September 23 when they head back into conference play. Montclair State goes on the road to take on Rutgers-Newark in a 7:00 pm matchup at Alumni Field in Newark. Rowan is home in Glassboro for a 5:00 pm Top 25 matchup with eight-ranked The College of New Jersey.