MONTVILLE, NJ - The state tournament almost always produces its share of upsets, and the Montville boys soccer team found itself dangerously close to being the victim of one in its first round game on Tuesday afternoon.
But in the end, the top seeded Mustangs managed to advance past 16th seed Bergenfield in penalty kicks, 4-1, after playing to a 1-1 tie in the first round of the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 state tournament at Montville Township High School.
Mats Kolmodin scored the clinching goal in penalty kicks.
Bergenfield led, 1-0 after a first half goal, and it took until just under 20 minutes in the second half for Montville (17-2-1) to find the score sheet. Brett Freeman found the back of the net off a rebound, which tied the game. Neither team was able to find the game-winner in overtime, and therefore, it came down to penalty kicks.
Montville advanced to Friday's quarterfinal round, where it will host eighth seeded Roxbury, which was a 2-0 winner over ninth seed Passaic Valley. Montville owns a pair of victories over the Gaels this year, by scores of 3-1 and 2-0.
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