No. 3 TCNJ Tops Kean
Oct. 16, 2010
Ewing, NJ. After getting numerous scoring chances, The College of New Jersey women's soccer team eventually broke through for a pair of goals as the Lions topped visiting Kean University 2-0 on Saturday.
The win brought an end to TCNJ's brief two-game winless streak, while Kean saw its four-game unbeaten streak snapped. The Lions are now 12-1-1 overall and 6-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference standings, while the Cougars are 8-3-4 and 2-2-3 in the conference.
After a scoreless first half, the hosts had the wind at their back and increased their attack at the Cougar net. Just over 10 minutes into the new half the Lions had a pair of great chances as Annie McCarthy (Brick, NJ/Brick Memorial) drilled a perfect cross from Allyson Anderson (Point Pleasant, NJ/Point Pleasant) on goal, but Kean goalie Leandra Russo (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) made a diving save. Russo quickly recovered and made another save as Katie Landrigan (Rutherford, NJ/Rutherford) directed the rebound on goal.
TCNJ had another great opportunity to break the scoreless game less than a minute later when the Lions were awarded a penalty kick after a foul on Kean was called in the penalty area. Junior Brittney McGinley (Cranford, NJ/Cranford) laced the shot over Russo, but it drilled the cross bar and bounced back into play.
The Lions got that elusive goal minutes later as Landrigan caught up to a loose ball that freshman Katie Lindacher (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ/Egg Harbor Twp.) had chipped past Russo. That goal came with 27:28 remaining in the game.
Sophomore Jessica Davila (Middletown, NJ/Middletown) added an insurance goal for the Lions in the final 10 minutes stripping a Cougar defender of the ball and poking past Russo for her eighth goal of the season.
Playing against the wind in the opening half, TCNJ still had the best chance to get on the board as Anderson served the ball into the Kean penalty area where Brenna Rubino (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern) headed the ball on the Cougar net. The shot eluded Russo, but hit the cross bar.
TCNJ goalie Kendra Griffith (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) made three saves for her eighth shutout of the season.
Russo finished with 11 saves for the Cougars.
TCNJ faces a tough non-conference test on Wednesday, October 20 as they head to eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins University, while the Cougars return home to face Western Connecticut State University on Tuesday.