Women's Soccer Ousted From ECACs in Penalty Kicks

Newark, NJ (11/15/08) - Although the game ended in a 1-1 tie, the second-seeded New York University women's soccer team advanced to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Metro Tournament Championship Game by winning a shootout, 5-4, over over #3 Montclair State University on Saturday morning at New Jersey Institute of Technology's Lubetkin Field in Newark, NJ.

NYU (11-8-1) will face top-seeded Stevens Institute of Technology in the title game Sunday at 11 a.m. at Stevens' DeBaun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, NJ.  Montclair State ended its season with an 11-10-2 record.

NYU sophomore Filiz Kipcakli scored the game-winning shootout goal, but the goal does not count as the game goes down as a tie -- and all stats accumulated in the shootout do not officially count.

Both teams battled back and forth, trading opportunities until sophomore Laura Palumbo won a ball on the left flank, moved toward the midfield around the 18, then slid a pass across to sophomore Rebecca Assing, who one-timed it off her right foot into the top left corner of the twine at 72:56.

From there, the Violets withstood three corner kicks by the Red Hawks within a 38-second span.  One sequence proved especially dangerous until sophomore Katie Gaston cleared a close shot by Katie Minervini (Oceanport, NJ/ Shore Regional) off the endline.

However, Rachel Senyszyn (Succasunna, NJ / Roxbury) buried a rebound of a shot by Tina Della Fave (Bordentown, NJ / Bordentown) at 83:28, forging a 1-1 tie and setting the stage for the shootout.

Overall, Montclair State outshot NYU 13-10, while NYU owned a 12-8 edge on corner kicks.

Sophomore Alex Walters made four saves for NYU, while Gaston cleared two balls off the endline.

For Montclair State, Leah Tepperman (North Andover, MA / North Andover) put aside six shots and Della Fave added a team save.