Recap: Primavera's Scores Decisive Goal In 3-2 Win Over NCC Spartans

Recap: Primavera's Scores Decisive Goal In 3-2 Win Over NCC Spartans

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Julie Primavera tallied twice and Marisa Christensen added one as the Mustangs defeated Northampton Community College, 3-2, on Tuesday afternoon in a Region XIX Women's Soccer match.

With the game even at 2-2 in the second half, Montgomery took advantage of a quick restart in the 60th minute of play as Devon Beck played short to Katie McGoldrick. The sophomore midfielder then beat a defender with her first touch and slotted a ball through to a streaking Primavera, who took a touch and blasted the ball that beat Spartans' goalkeeper Christina Sheetz near post.

Primavera's first tally came a mere seven minutes into the contest when she struck a shot from the left flank as the Mustangs controlled play early. Northampton, however, showed its resilience by knotting the score first at 1, and then again by pulling  even at 2-2 after Christensen had taken a feed from Primavera and found the back of Northampton's twine.

"Our defense was so good," Christensen said. "We literally made only two mistakes all day and unfortunately Northampton scored on both."

Tied 2-2 at the intermission MCCC regrouped and rested.

After taking the 3-2 lead, the Mustangs generated consistent scoring opportunities -- including a shot by Ehrich from about 19 yards away that hit the post with five minutes to play -- but could not cushion the lead. The Mustangs outshot Northampton 26 to 10.

Shelby Poston shut out the home team's shooters in the second half, and the back four of Babst, Erica Christensen, Beck and Henning defended with impressive efficiency.

Players like Rachel DiBenedetto, Diana Demarzio, Jordyn Ehrich and McGoldrick had covered a vast amount of ground in the first half and bravely hit the pitch with one common objective.

It was clear right away that the Mustangs could keep the ball, and time after time defenders Erica Christensen and Beck stepped up and knocked a ball to the feet of Alison Henning or Lindsay Babst, who subsequently found McGoldrick in the middle. McGoldrick then connected with Marisa Christensen, who probed the defense with a variety of different creative plays that continuously unlocked the opponent. Demarzio also fought hard to score and although her shots didn't find twine her hard work was key in the win.

Montgomery (3-2 in Region XIX) return home Thursday to host Cumberland County College in a 3:30 pm match.

- By Bob Kent & Ben Winderman