Women's Soccer Tops Rutgers-Newark

Montclair, NJ (9/24/08) – Freshman forward Rachel Senyszyn (Succasunna, NJ / Roxbury) scored her team-leading fifth goal 4:50 into thesecond half as Montclair State picked up its first NJAC victory of the season blanking Rutgers-Newark, 1-0 at Sprague Field onWednesday evening.

Junior goalkeeper Leah Tepperman (North Andover, MA / North Andover) stopped three shots as MSU snapped a two-game losing streak whilesquaring its record at 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the league.

Freshman goalkeeper Kat Renteria (North Bergen, NJ / Cliffside Park) made seven saves for the Scarlet Raiders, who suffered theirsecond straight one-goal conference loss (0-2) while also falling to 4-4.Rutgers-Newark dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Ramapo on Saturday.

Montclair State outshot the Scarlet Raiders, 16-4, howeverit was Rutgers-Newark that got the first solid scoring opportunity as ShaunaGallagher (Rockaway, NJ / Morris Hills) had a clear shot from the right side that went wide of the net 9:20 into the contest. But that would be the last shot the Scarlet Raiders would get until inside the final five minutes when leading scorer Julia Caseres (Union, NJ / Union) drove a freekick from 30 yards out that Tepperman snared out of the air to keep the game scoreless.

Meanwhile the Red Hawks couldn’t find the back of the net eitherdespite getting off seven shots.  Sophomore Christyn Scillieri (Wayne, NJ/ Wayne Valley) had the lone shot on net that Renteria pulled in as the game remained scoreless at half.

In the second half, Montclair would break through at the 49:50 mark. Freshman midfielder Christina DeMartinis (Kinnelon, NJ / Kinnelon) lofted a pass from 40 yards outdown inside 10 yards. Senyszyn picked up the pass and move in another fiveyards before chipping the ball over a sliding Renteria for what turned out to be the only goal of the game.

After the goal, each team would come close to upping thescore, but Renteria and Tepperman combined to stop the final seven shots ongoal. Tepperman made a save on Liana Abreu’s (Newark, NJ / Science Park) headerwith 12:11 left and Renteria came up with a sliding stop of Megan Brown’s(Upper Saddle River, NJ / Ramsey) shot to keep the game at a goal.

Both teams are back in action on Saturday, September 27 withconference contests. MSU travels to Ewing, NJ to face 14th-ranked The College of New Jersey at 4:00 pm. Rutgers-Newark is back home atAlumni Field for a 7:00 pm clash with New Jersey City.