#25 FSC Defeats #19 Brandeis; Advances to Second Round of NCAA Tournament

Senior midfielder Allison Khare with the ball in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament
Allison Khare

#25 Farmingdale State - 1, #19 Brandeis - 0

Ewing, N.J. - 25th ranked Farmingdale State defeated #19 Brandeis, 1-0, this afternoon in the First Round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament at The College of New Jersey. This marks the first time in program history that FSC has advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

The lone goal of the game came with just 2:07 remaining in the first half. Skyline Conference Offensive Player of the Year junior midfielder Tara Lyons (Wantagh, N.Y.) intercepted a pass and shot the ball from 35 yards out. The ball deflected off a Judges (12-5) defender, hit the cross bar and went into the net to put the Rams (17-3-3) in front, 1-0.

Brandeis outshot Farmingdale State, 7-3, and held a 4-2 corner kick advantage in the first half.

In a second half controlled by the Judges, FSC was held without a shot, while Brandeis tallied four shots on goal.

At 53:05, freshman midfielder Lauren Mastandrea (Hauppauge, N.Y.) sent a corner kick to set up senior forward Sasha Sunday (Bethlehem, Penn.) for a header that was stopped by FSC junior goalkeeper Daniella Ford (Elmont, N.Y.).

With just under 21 minutes left in the game, the Judges threatened with back-to-back shots. Senior defender Emily Thiem (Kinnelon, N.J.) sent a shot wide before Ford stopped a header from junior midfielder Katie Hayes (Eau Claire, Wis.).

Brandeis' final attempt came in the final seconds as Thiem sent a shot from 20 yards out that was saved by Ford to clinch the First Round victory, 1-0.

Ford recorded her 17th win of the year and has now tied the single-season school record with her ninth shutout after making six saves in the win.

Farmingdale State has advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament and will play host school #7 TCNJ tomorrow, Sunday, November 11th at 1:00 p.m. 


Team pic after NCAA First Round win