Before the game, Gateway girls' soccer coach Shawn Cunning noted that Shore Regional's record wasn't reflective of its play.
"They beat Metuchen" in the Central Jersey championship game, Cunning said, referring to a Metuchen team that had a 21-1-1 record. "They must be good."
Shore didn't look like a team that entered play with a 9-8-2 record in Tuesday's Group 1 state semifinal against Gateway.
Led by junior striker Samantha McDonough, Shore scored a 3-0 victory over Gateway on the artificial turf at Haddonfield.
"They were good," Cunning said. "They were very organized."
McDonough, who according to Shore coach George Moutis has drawn recruiting interest from North Carolina, scored one goal and assisted on another as the Blue Devils advanced to Sunday's state final at the College of New Jersey.