Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of TCNJ Athletics

The College of New Jersey and Ithaca College each pulled out wins in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Womens Soccer Championship as the host Lions posted a 4-0 shutout victory over Christopher Newport University and the Bombers edge Springfield College 1-0 on Saturday.

The tournament play continues on Sunday at TCNJs Soccer Complex as TCNJ and Ithaca meet at 1 p.m. The teams also met in the quarterfinals of the 2009 tournament, with the Lions winning 1-0.

The win put the 11th-ranked Lions at 17-2-1 for the season, while CNU saw its 14-game winning streak come to a close as the Captains finished their successful season at 16-5-1.

With the one-goal win over the Pride, Ithaca improved to 13-4-1, while Springfield finished the year 15-5.

The Lion defensive unit, which ranks fourth nationally, turned in another banner effort allowing only two shots, neither of which were on goal, recording their 16th shutout of the season.

With the defense blanketing CNU, the Lions got their offense going on a nice passing play 10:05 into the contest. Sophomore Allyson Anderson (Point Pleasant, NJ/Point Pleasant) sent a cross from the near wing to a charging Brenna Rubino (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern) and the forward knocked the ball in for her team-leading 12th goal of the season.

The Lions made it a 2-0 advantage in exciting fashion scoring as the half expired. Junior Nikki Migliori (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert) lofted a direct kick as time was being counted down into the Christopher Newport penalty area where classmate Brittney McGinley (Cranford, NJ/Cranford) was waiting for her sixth goal of the year.

In the second half, the hosts quickly increased the margin to 3-0 as Katie Landrigan (Rutherford, NJ/Rutherford) collected her fourth goal of the season 1:24 into the new frame. Rubino earned an assist on the play.

Sophomore Jessica Davila (Middletown, NJ/Middletown) had a pair of great chances to add to TCNJs lead, but her first attempt was denied on a nice team save by Captain midfielder Elise Haug (Centreville, VA/Westfield). Davilas other attempt came late in the period as she lined a shot off of the post.

TCNJ freshman Katie Lindacher (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ/Egg Harbor Twp.) capped off the scoring with her first collegiate goal with as she tucked a shot inside the near post on a perfect setup by Toni DeMaio (Parsippany, NJ/Parsippany).

CNU keeper Meghan Gumbs (Mastic, NY/New Kent) had a busy game finishing with 11 saves.