Trinity (Texas) advanced to the national quarterfinals at the NCAA tournament on Friday, defeating Montclair State 2-1.
Montclair began the game with three consecutive corner kicks however the Tigers (23-0-2) were able to thwart those opportunities and then went on the offensive with a pair of shots on goal that were stopped by goalkeeper Gina Policastro.
Policastro would make one more save and the game went scoreless until the closing moments when Trinity was awarded a corner kick. The Tigers placed the ball perfectly with Yasmeen Farra heading the ball into the back of the net for the goal giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead with 2:12 remaining in the half. It was the first goal allowed by Montclair State since Oct. 12, snapping a streak of nearly 798 minutes.
In the second half, Montclair quickly got a shot on goal however Devan Osegueda snared a shot by Taylor Rudd. Four minutes later Trinity would add to the lead as Kelsey Falcone scored off an assist from Emily Donnan at 51:40.
Montclair State would answer quickly cutting the deficit in half as freshman Jennie Hornstra scored off an assist from Kaila Fasano at 56:41. The Red Hawks would then get a golden opportunity to tie the game less than a minute later on a penalty kick. But the attempt was stopped by Osengueda which proved to be the last best chance for MSU.
Policastro finished with three saves.