No. 5 TCNJ downs No. 20 Juniata
Mitchell scores first-half goal to lead the Lions to victory
EWING, N.J. -- The College of New Jersey picked up another win against a ranked opponent on Sunday as the Lions scored once in each half to get by Juniata 2-0.
The win was the fifth consecutive for the Lions as they improved to 15-2 on the season. TCNJ is also a solid 4-1 against opponents ranked in the top 20.
Juniata, which is ranked 20th, dropped to 10-5 on the year.
TCNJ cashed in on a penalty corner in the closing minute of the first half as senior Leigh Mitchell knocked in a short pass from Kathleen Notos. That goal came 28 seconds before the intermission.
That score came minutes after Notos gained a step on the Juniata defense for a partial breakaway, but sent a low shot inches wide of the near post.
The Lions tried to add to its lead early in the second half as Mitchell directed a shot on goal that got behind Juniata goalie Janelle Howard, but Caroline Phillips swept in with a defensive save keeping it a one-goal game.
Howard also came up big later in the period charging out and stopping Notos on breakaway.
TCNJ continued to keep the pressure on the Eagles as Camille Passucci was denied by a defensive save by Meghan McGlone right at the near post.
That second goal finally came with 10:51 remaining as Notos and Caitlyn Jenkins worked a give-and-go with Notos coming away with her first goal of the season.
Senior Shannon Syciarz had a pair of saves for her sixth shutout of the season.
Howard made six stops for Juniata.