Women's Soccer Blanks Mount Holyoke for Third Straight Win, 3-0

Purchase, NY (9/13/09) - Three different Montclair State University players scored and the Red Hawks survived an early second-half challenge from a tough Mount Holyoke College squad to earn a 3-0 victory on day two of the 2009 Valiant Classic, held at GoValiants.com Field on the campus of Manhattanville College.

Senior Christina DellaFave (Bordentown, N.J.), freshman Marisa Zayac (Jackson, N.J.) and junior Jackie McGrath (Vernon, N.J.) all found the back of the net for Montclair State, with DellaFave’s match-opening goal standing up as the game-winner.

Senior Leah Tepperman (North Andover, Mass.) earned her second victory in as many days for the Red Hawks, stopping all five shots she faced. Mount Holyoke freshman Ingibjorg Magnusdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland) had another busy day for the Lyons, turning aside nine of the 12 shots she faced to keep her team close.

Montclair State controlled the possession for much of the first half and posted a 12-0 edge in total shots, but the Red Hawks were only able to put one shot past Magnusdottir and took just a 1-0 lead into the half.

The Red Hawks’ first goal of the match came off a broken play at the 15:30 mark, as a free kick into the box was booted around by both teams until it came free to DellaFave at the side of the six-yard box. With no defenders in the vicinity and the goaltender out of the picture, the senior deposited the ball into the open net for her first tally of the season.

Montclair State had some other good chances, but Magnusdottir denied all other attempts to keep the score at 1-0. In the 25th minute, McGrath got a good head on a free kick and it looked headed to the goal, but unfortunately for the junior the Lyons’ netminder was in perfect position to snatch the ball out of the air.

But coming out of halftime, Mount Holyoke seemed like a different squad, as the Lyons consistently kept the Red Hawks on their heels. The Lyons put four of the frame’s first five shots on goal, including a good chance by senior Jesse Segrue (Belchertown, Mass.) that forced a diving save by Tepperman to keep the game scoreless in the 56th minute.

However, Montclair State was able to weather the storm in the first 20 minutes and came right back down the field to net an insurance score at the 68:35 mark. Senior Natalia Sisti (Lincoln Park, N.J.) took the ball toward the right endline and made a nice pass back toward the penalty spot, where Zayac was waiting to tap the ball into the netting for the score.

Less than seven minutes later, McGrath took a deflected ball at the top-right corner of the box and sent a beautiful ball into the far side netting for her team-leading fourth score of the season, putting an end to any hopes of a Mount Holyoke comeback and securing the victory for the Red Hawks.

For the match, Montclair State posted a 21-8 edge in total shots, while putting 13 shots on target compared to five for Mount Holyoke. The Red Hawks also took six corner kicks on the afternoon without ceding a single kick to the Lyons.

The Red Hawks are now off until next Saturday, September 19 as they play their home and NJAC opener at MSU Soccer Park. Montclair will face defending champion Rowan University at 1:00 pm.