Women's Soccer Nets Crucial Tie at MSU to Gain NJAC Berth

Montclair, N.J. (10/24/18)Madison Krisanda netted the game-tying goal with just over two minutes to go in regulation as the Kean University women's soccer team tied Montclair State University, 1-1 on Wednesday night.

Krisanda's first collegiate goal couldn't have come at a better time for the rookie as the tie gave Kean just enough points to finish in sixth place in the conference standings.  The Cougars (4-7-6, 2-3-4 NJAC) and Rutgers-Newark each finished with 10 points in NJAC play.  In head-to-head action they tied just last week, so the tie breaker moved on to how the Cougars and Scarlet Raiders faired against teams in the NJAC from first-last place until the tie is broken.  Kean's tie against Rowan University (in second place), breaks the tie breaker, securing sixth place.

The Red Hawks (9-3-5, 4-2-3 NJAC) broke the shutout with less than a minute to go in the first half.  Maddy McLelland found the back of the net off a pass from Christine Mayorga

MSU put on offensive pressure throughout, outshooting Kean, 33-6, and taking seven more corner kicks (11-4). 

Krisanda took advantage of that fourth corner kick, as she corralled a loose ball that was knocked up top and fired to the upper left post.

Freshman keeper Mary Bystrycki made 11 saves while the Kean defense added another.

The Cougars travel to Stockton University in the first round of the NJAC Tournament on Saturday at 1 p.m.