Soccer: Mounties nudge past Mount St. Dominic, 2-1—Rapid Reaction
by Andrew Garda
While it wasn't as tidy or dominating as Montclair High School girls soccer coach Eric Weintraub wanted, the Mounties got the job done with their 2-1 win over Mount St. Dominic Thursday afternoon.
MHS scored early in the first half, as Kirdon Jones found the back of the net off a pass from Rebecca Van Siclen. The Mount focused on the dynamic Van Siclen throughout the game, leaving other players less well covered.
Jones was one of those players, and she was often seen streaking downfield in pursuit of the ball and pressuring the defense.
This time she broke open in the middle of the box and put the ball past the Mount St. Dominic keeper.
Jones kept up the pressure and the Mounties had more scoring chances but couldn't quite find the back of the net. Meanwhile The Mount was able to build more and more pressure, continually peppering keeper Amelia Platt.
Finally, with the ball ping ponging around in front of the net, one of the St, Dominic forwards kicked a not-quite-bicycle kick over her head and into the goal.
The two teams entered halftime deadlocked at 1-1.
The second half found the Mounties continuing to up the pressure, with Jones again flying downfield after balls sent in by the MHS midfielders, often colliding with defenders on her way into St, Dominic territory.
Finally, Jones ricocheted the ball off the goalkeeper, who was well away from the net, sending it to freshman Sydney Masur. With nothing but an empty goal in front of her, Masur tapped it in for what would end up being the game-winning goal.
The Mounties have two more games left in the regular season, but the real intrigue is what will happen next Tuesday when tournament seedings come out.
Undefeated in the American Division, and with a 9-2 record, the Mounties should find themselves in a prime position entering the county tournament.
For a full breakdown of the game, including quotes from the coach, check out next week's edition of the the Montclair Local.