Salus, Grundhauser Goals, Bamford 7 Saves Secure Second Title In Past Three Years
WATERBURY, Conn.- Goals by senior Carlyn Salus (Pompton Lakes, N.J.) and junior Meghan Grundhauser (Easton, Pa.) and seven saves by freshman Jamie-Lee Bamford (Braintree, U.K.) propelled the Caldwell women’s soccer squad to its second CACC championship in three years, a 2-0 shutout of third-seeded Holy Family University.
Salus netted the first goal of the game for the fourth-seeded Cougars (12-6-1), and her ninthof the season, in the 18th minute on an assist by junior Amber Raines (Millville, N.J.). Grundhauser added an unassisted tally, her team-leading 14th of the season, in the 63rd minute, and Bamford made several key saves, including a big one off a corner kick in the 67th minute that kept the score at 2-0.
Grundhauser was also named MVP of the tournament. She netted the winning goal in Friday’s 2-1 semifinal victory over top-seeded Georgian Court to go along with her insurance marker today in the final. The Cougars were well represented on the All-Tournament team, with Bamford, Grundhauser, Salus, sophomore Hannah Marino(Pennington, N.J.) and sophomore Jordan Madrid (Cherry Hill, N.J.) selected.
Holy Family (13-5-1) kept up the pressure, outshooting Caldwell by an 18-6 count (7-4 on goal), but the Cougars defense was stout, earning head coach Nate Guagliardi his third CACC title and third trip to the NCAA Regionals in his 12 years at the Cougars helm.
Caldwell now awaits its NCAA Tournament seed and location. Fans can tune in to the NCAA Fall Championships Selection Show on NCAA.com here, Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET.