EWING, N.J. – The Roger Williams University Women's Soccer team was defeated 3-0 by No. 2 The College of New Jersey Saturday afternoon in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Hawks fell behind early and were unable to dig themselves out of the hole. Taylor Nolan (Sparta, N.J.) struck first for the Lions in the fourth minute. She got a fortunate bounce off of a deflection, controlling the ball in the middle of the box and putting one in net for a 1-0 lead.
Then in the 18th and 20th minutes, Christine Levering (Robbinsville, N.J.) scored back-to-back goals for TCNJ to extend the lead to three. Jen McGrogan (Pompton Plains, N.J.) found Levering with a long through ball from the left side for the first score, while Elizabeth Thoresen (Colts Neck, N.J.) set up Levering with a close pass off the right side.
The Hawks struggled offensively in the opening half, as they were outshot 15-0 in the opening period. Roger Williams would hold TCNJ off the board in the second half and logged three shots of their own in the frame. However, it would not be enough as the Lions advanced to the second round.
Nicole DiPasquale (Paramus, N.J.) improved to 19-0-0 for the Lions, making only one save on the day. Natalie O'Donovan (Quincy, Mass.) set a new career high with 14 saves for Roger Williams.
TCNJ will host Virginia Wesleyan in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament, while Roger Williams ends the season at 14-8-2.
Game recap courtesy of the Roger Williams Sports Information Department.
2017 NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
NCAA First Round – Saturday, Nov. 11
Hosted by TCNJ
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.