MSJ (10-1) dominated the ball early in the first half, taking shot after shot on goal and putting pressure on the Eagles' defense. Arlington preserved the shutout for a while until finally with 27:08 remaining in the half MSJ freshman midfielder Jenna Eaton was able to drive her own rebound into the back of the net to give the Mounties the 1-0 advantage.
"We gave up a cheap goal. The first goal was just a goalie error and we seem to hang our heads when something like that happens," said Arlington coach Dan Wood.
Arlington goalie Hannah Andrew tallied three of her 13 saves on the day before letting up the first goal and helped keep the Eagles in it.
"I thought besides that first goal she played very well," said Wood of Andrew. "She had some nice saves. It's only her second game back too. She's been injured for at least two weeks, maybe three weeks."
Arlington began to apply some pressure late in the first half. With 11:15 left to play in the half Arlington was awarded a corner kick and put a strike on goal. Freshman goalie Monica Schmelzenbach blocked the shot, but was unable to collect the ball, leaving the net exposed. Arlington rushed in for the rebound only to see the ball cleared by the MSJ defense.
The two teams battled for possession over the next several minutes until Eaton beat her defender one on one and put one past the keeper to give the Mounties an insurance goal with 1:27 left to play in the half.
"She's just so strong up the middle and she's so soccer smart," said MSJ coach Sarah Fortier. "Like that first goal she knew she could take it all the way down the field. No one was stepping to the ball and so she said I'm not going to distribute it. I'm going to take it and shoot it myself. You can't teach that kind of thing."
Fortier also praised the play of Schmelzenbach who tallied six saves on the day.
"Monica is like a diamond in the rough. She's been with us, this is her third season. She's only a sophomore. [It's] kind of the same thing as with Jenna, she just gets it," said Fortier. "She really just is the full package and she adds so much to this team. She's just dynamic; absolutely dynamic. I think she's one of the best goalies in the state if not the best goalie in the state and we've watched a lot of soccer games [in] all the divisions. So, we have an idea."
Both teams came out fired up for the second half, battling each other for possession. Then, about midway through the second half, Julia LaCoste was able to cut the lead in half.
Attacking from the right wing, Lacoste got a step on her defender and went to goal. Schmelzenbach came up to challenge and LaCoste crossed a shot into the lower left corner.
MSJ freshman forward Bryn McClallen capped the scoring about minutes later when she crossed a shot from the left wing into the side netting to put the Mounties on top 3-1.
Arlington will play their last home game of the regular season on Thursday against Fair Haven beginning at 4 p.m. at the Arlington Rec Park.
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