With a 3-1 victory over District H Champion Anne Arundel (11-7), the Brookdale women's soccer team advances in the winner's bracket of the NJCAA Division III Women's Soccer National Tournament.
Region XIX player of the year Caroline Duerr put the Blues on the board first. Freshman Ashley Cafarella battled down the left side of the field and earned a throw-in to connect with Duerr in the 40th minute. A mere two minutes later, sophomore Nicole Rodriguez found herself on a breakaway only to have her attempt batted down by Anne Arundel's Mary Grace Kelly. Rodriguez followed up on her shot and chipped it to the opposite side for the Blue's second goal.
Anne Arundel cut the Blues' lead to one in the 64th minute, but it wasn't for long. Freshman Brianna Penix came in off the bench and crossed a beaut over to Rodriguez, who was able to find the back of the net for the second time.
Brookdale (17-1) now faces Rock Valley (13-2-1) tomorrow, November 14th at 3:30 p.m. Rock Valley, the District D champion, defeated Nassau 2-1 to advance.
For the NJCAA Division III Women's Soccer National Tournament headquarters, click here.
There will be a fan bus heading down to Ocean County College. The bus is leaving at 2:30 p.m. from Lot 7 and will return to Brookdale around 6:30 p.m. To reserve a spot, email Shannon Ventre at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.