Wayne, NJ (9/21/11) – Sophomore Jenna Carroll (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick) didn't just score the game-winning goal for Montclair State in its 1-0 victory over William Paterson on Wednesday evening. She lifted a huge weight off the backs of the Red Hawks.
Carroll ran onto a loose ball on the right flank and drove a looping ball from almost 25 yards out, tucking it under the crossbar in the 95th minutes for the night’s only score as Montclair State snapped a three-game losing streak improving to 4-3 overall, 1-1 in the NJAC.
For three consecutive games, MSU was on the wrong end of the 1-0 score. Following its last victory on September 6, Montclair endured three grueling defeats by the one-goal margin. The first two came on the West Coast as the Red Hawks outshot both Pacific and Pacific Lutheran by a combined 36-12 only to lose both contests. Last Saturday, MSU battled Rowan into overtime before falling 1-0.
During a first half that featured a combined six shots, it was the Pioneers who had the best scoring opportunity when junior Nicole Kufel (Oradell, N.J./River Dell Regional) was just left of the frame, launching a deflection of a long free kick in the 42nd minute.
Montclair State had the majority of the run of play during the second period, including two excellent tries by Carroll. Freshman Kaila Fasano (Westwood, N.J./Westwood) picked up a loose ball on the right side of the box and just missed the upper-right corner of the goal with less than nine minutes on the clock.
The Pioneers had a late flurry during the closing minute after junior forward Michelle Marabondo (Kenvil, N.J./Roxbury) was taken down just outside the box. Kufel’s strike was barely tipped away by MSU keeper Gina Policastro (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick), handing WP a corner kick. Senior Jessica Francisco (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) got a head on Laela Brock’s (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) kick, but it was headed away by a Red Hawk defender. Brock again launched a corner kick and Policastro did well to punch Taylor Zabicki’s (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) header over the bar as the final seconds of regulation expired.
Sophomore Alyssa Falduto (Nutley, N.J./Nutley) made nine saves for WP, and Policastro had five for the Red Hawks.
Montclair State faces another tough test on Saturday, September 24 when they host 19th-ranked The College of New Jersey at Sprague Field beginning at 7:00 pm.