The Pioneers, winners of six straight, advance to play at second-seeded The College of New Jersey in the NJAC Tournament semifinals Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Earlier this season, the Pioneers handed the 16th-ranked Lions a 1-0 loss at WP (Oct. 20).
It was the second time in six
days that Montclair fell to its backyard rival. William Paterson posted
an identical victory of MSU on Monday. The Red Hawks finish their season at 9-6-2.
William Paterson had several dangerous crosses during the opening minutes of the match, and the Pioneers were finally able to connect on one of them in the 24th minute when junior Kathleen Maggi (New Milford, N.J./New Milford) dribbled along on the left endline and sent the ball across the box, where a waiting Laela Brock (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) was able to get a clear look and score past a diving Leah Tepperman (North Andover, Mass./North Andover). The goal was the second of the freshman’s career, and her first postseason strike.
The Pioneers nearly took advantage of a Montclair mistake with less than 16 minutes to play when a ball re-directed off the foot of a Red Hawk defender and almost went into the goal, but Tepperman was able to keep it from crossing the goal line and then withstood a Megan Droelle (Hampton, N.J./North Hunterdon) chance off the rebound.
However, William Paterson eventually did get an insurance goal with 4:25 remaining after freshman Michelle Marabondo (Kenvil, N.J./Roxbury) ran on to a Droelle through ball and finished to the left corner of the frame.
William Paterson senior goalkeeper Meaghan Baker (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Knolls) had two stops for the shutout victory, her sixth of the season. Tepperman made seven saves for the Red Hawks.