MONTCLAIR, N.J. - The Montclair State women's soccer team scored a pair of first-half goals and pulled away in the second half for a 7-0 win over Bowdoin in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament Sunday afternoon.
The Polar Bears finish a fantastic season with record of 12-4-1, reaching a dozen wins for just the second time since 2003, advancing to the NCAA Second Round for the second-straight season and earning the program's first NCAA Tournament win since 1999. Montclair State remains unbeaten at 20-0-1 this season.
In a game played in an eerie, dense fog, Montclair wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as Kaila Fasano scored with a header over Bowdoin's Bridget McCarthy from eight yards out just 6:18 into the contest. The Red Hawks increased their lead as Martina Landeka one-timed a crossing pass with six minutes remaining in the half.
Less than a minute into the second frame, Montclair padded its lead as Fasano deposited her second of the game. The Red Hawks went up 4-0 as Jennie Hornstra collected a rebound and deposited in the Bowdoin net. Melanie Grego, Stefanie Gomes, and Kenal Bernardini rounded out the Red Hawks offensive output over the final 25 minutes of play.
Montclair outshot the Polar Bears 27-5, with McCarthy stopping six shots for Bowdoin over 80 minutes of play. Casey Krause came in for the remaining ten minutes for the Polar Bears. Gina Policastro saved three shots in net for Montclair, giving way to Meghan Calcaterra who played the final seven minutes for the Red Hawks.
Photos courtesy of Marcello Cutti Jr./SMI Sports