DRYDEN — SUNY Delhi fell into its own trap Thursday at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
The Broncos used a series of offsides traps to stifle the aggressive play of Brookdale early, but the persistence of the Jersey Blues led to five one-on-one scoring plays en route to a 7-0 women’s soccer rout of Delhi in the opening round of the NJCAA Division III Tournament.
“Before they scored their first goal, they had some chances and (Delhi goalie) Lauren Renaud did a nice job for us,” Delhi coach Bob Leary said. “We had a great counter-attack early, but their goalie (Erin Kinneman) came out and made a great save. The floodgates kind of opened after that.”
Caroline Duerr opened the scoring on an unassisted breakaway with 30 minutes, 21 seconds left in the first half, then made it 2-0 a little more than three minutes later off an assist from Chelsea James. Simone McEnough and James followed with goals at the 17:21 and 9:34 marks, respectively, as Brookdale took a 4-0 lead into halftime.
“They averaged six goals per game and have given up eight goals all season,” Leary said of Brookdale (16-1), the top-ranked NJCAA D-III team in the country that has followed a 2-1 Aug. 31 loss to Finger Lakes Community College with 14 consecutive victories. “They were very good. We had our hands full. They also were very, very fast. Their speed was an issue. We were hard-pressed to maintain the pace.”
Brookdale coach Katie Miller warned her players at halftime that Delhi likely would go on the attack in the second half. The Broncos did and earned all three of their corner kicks in the process, but Brookdale controlled play at midfield and often sent long passes ahead that caught Delhi flat-footed on several occasions.
McEnough, Alexa Masino and Keara Homan scored in the second half for the Jersey Blues, who finished with advantages of 21-4 in shots and 7-3 in corner kicks.
Region 19 champion Brookdale also held Nicole Welcome scoreless as Delhi’s top offensive threat remained at 18 goals and two assists for the season. Welcome’s best scoring chance for unranked Region III champion Delhi (10-6) came in the first half, when she crossed a pass from the touchline. Her teammates failed to charge to the goal on the play as Kinneman made an easy save.
The Jersey Blues entered the game with three of the top 13 scorers in NJCAA D-III play. Midfielder James ranked fourth nationally before her goal and assist Thursday gave her 23 and 19, respectively, for the season. Masino (ranked 10th) has 20 goals and two assists, and Deurr (13th) is now at 19 goals and eight assists.
Delhi still has a chance to place fifth at the tournament, which continues today and Saturday. The Broncos, who made their first NJCAA D-III Tournament appearance Thursday, will face Anoka-Ramsey, Minn., at 12:30 p.m. today. The winner will advance to the fifth-place game Saturday.
Anoka-Ramsey tied Howard, 1-1, but lost a shootout to decide which team would advance to the semifinal round.
Howard will play Brookdale in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. today. The other semifinal pits Holyoke against Mohawk Valley.
Brookdale 7, Delhi 0
NJCAA DIII FIRST ROUND
at Tompkins Cortland CC
Delhi0 0 - 0
Brookdale4 3 - 7
Delhi (10-6): None.
Brookdale (16-1): Caroline Duerr 2-0, Chelsea James 1-1, Simone McEnough 2-0, Alexa Masino 1-0, Keara Homan 1-0, Lauren Bowler 0-1.
Shots-corner kicks: D 4-3; B 21-7.
Goalies: Lauren Renaud (D) N/A, Katie Pardee (D) N/A; Erin Kinneman (B) 4.