The College of New Jersey advanced in the tournament after a hard-fought win. The Lions defeated Lynchburg College, 3-0, yesterday afternoon at Lions Stadium.
The Lions have now won 12 straight games and improved to 22-2. The Lions have recorded the most wins since the 1986 season, when the team went 24-3.
Unfortunately for the Hornets, their 19 game win streak had to come to an end. With the win, the Lions will now travel to Vendetti Field at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. In Massachusetts, the Lions will face Ursinus College next Saturday.
“We are really excited about it,” said TCNJ head coach Sharon Pfluger. “The girls played really well. I thought they played well together. We played a lot of defense in the second half. I think that was a good preparation for us to be able to play both sides of the field well.”
Earlier this season, the Lions beat the Bears, 2-1, in September.
“They have a strong program,” said coach Pfluger. “We’re even stronger now than we were in September. We are going to do our best to play our game.”
Kathleen Notos came up huge to put the Lions into the national semi-finals. Notos, who had just six goals coming into the game, had a hat trick.
Notos opened up the scoring at 32:26 in the second half. Then, with 8:36 left, she scored again, before adding her third goal with less than a minute left in the game.
“They were a complete team effort,” said Notos. “After our defensive made all those stops, it was great to have them.”
When Notos scored for the first time, it was the first time that Lynchburg allowed a goal in the past 5 games. The Hornets had four straight shutouts leading up to the game.
“I think we all looked at each other and said that we had to score,” said Notos.
On the season, Lynchburg has given up 10 second half goals. And they only gave up 12 goals overall.
In the final 25 minutes, Lynchburg had 10 corners. In the first 10 minutes of the half, the Lions had 5 corners.
“I’m not really sure,” said coach Pfluger. “We had a tough time getting a call.”
Syciarz faced 10 shots in the second half. She faced 6 first half shots.
At one point in the second half, Syciarz nearly let one past her. Yet, a quick reaction caused Syciarz to hit the ball away.
“Shannon’s a wall back there,” said Notos. “She didn’t let anybody behind her. She has good defensive players in front of her.”
Lynchburg had several close calls, even shots that barely missed the cage. Yet, Syciarz stopped them all when they got close to her.
At halftime, the score was 0-0.
In the first half, the Hornets had six corners compared to the Lions two corners.
“They were definitely pounding us in the first half,” said Notos. “In the second half, we had to change our plan of attack.”
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