Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Ithaca Athletics

Ewing, N.J. -
A second-half goal by junior Megan Trager (Sharon/Sharon, Mass.) sent the Ithaca women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Springfield (15-5-0) in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championships Saturday at New Jersey. The Bombers (13-4-1) will face regional host New Jersey (17-2-1) in the second round of the tournament Sunday at 1 p.m.

Ithaca's winning goal was started and finished by Trager. The midfielder began the play with a long pass through the middle of the field to sophomore forward Rachael Palladino (Lansing/Lansing) who beat a defender and shot off the right goal post. The ball rebounded to sophomore midfielder Caroline Jastremski (Notre Dame Academy/Staten Island), but her shot was blocked by a Springfield defender. Freshman forward Ellyn Grant-Keane (Lansing/Lansing) collected the ball again and played a square pass across the top of the penalty area, where Trager ran on to it and fired a right-footed shot inside of the left post in the 59th minute. It was Trager's fifth goal of the year, and the team-leading ninth assist of the year for Grant-Keane.

The Bombers had the game's better scoring chances in the first half. Ithaca outshot Springfield 16-4 over the first 45 minutes of play and two Bomber shots were denied by the goal posts. Senior goalkeeper Jessica Platt (Monument Mountain/New Marlborough, Mass.) made seven saves in the game, including a diving stop on Springfield's best chance that kept the game scoreless in the second half.

Ithaca outshot Springfield 28-10 in the game.

Ithaca faces The College of New Jersey for the second consecutive year in the NCAA Tournament. The teams met last year in the sectional final round at Williamstown, Mass. The Bombers have won at least one game in the NCAA Tournament for five consecutive years.