MONTCLAIR-- For the second straight season and the fourth time in five years, the girls soccer team from Montclair High School will play in the state section finals.
Seeded fourth in the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group 4 state tournament bracket, the Lady Mounties (18-2-1) will travel to take the third seed Kearny (20-3-1) in the tournement's title tilt at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12.
The survivor of this afternoon's skirmish will face the North Section 2 winner, either unbeaten Ridge (21-0) or Bridgewater-Raritan (17-7) in the State Group 4 semifinals.
MHS began its march to today's title tussle by blanking Bergen Tech, 7-0, on Monday, Nov. 2, prior to surviving a tough challenge by conference rival Livingston, 2-1, in double-overtime last Thursday, Nov. 5, and then mashing Morristown, the ninth seed, 4-0, in a section semifinals round showdown on Monday, Nov. 9, after the Lady Colonials had upset the top seed, Clifton, 3-2, in the quarterfinal round.
Leading the locals in their victory over Mo'town were Amalya Johnson, a senior who tallied twice, while junior Jill Jennings notched two assists, with 12th-grader Rachael Lansing and 11th-grader Erin Mieth each chipping in one goal and senior netminders Gabby Isola (three stops) and Anna Ming Goetz (two) combining for five saves and the shutout.
Montclair beat Livingston in the 2011 and 12 sectional finals fracases, lost in the section semi's to Randolph in 2013 and went 22-1 and won the overall State Group 2 championship last season.
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