Montclair, NJ (9/15/09) – Senior midfielder Michael Cullen (Clementon, NJ / Highland) scored once and assisted on another goal as 17th-ranked Montclair State remained unbeaten with a 3-0 victory over College of Staten Island at MSU Soccer Park on Tuesday.
Sophomores Mike Pytlar (Califon, NJ / Voorhees) and Mike Rudden (Kearny, NJ / Kearny) each tallied a goal as the Red Hawks (5-0-1) extended two long streaks. Montclair captured its 39th consecutive home contest, one shy of Ohio Wesleyan’s NCAA Division III mark of 40 set from 1991-1993. MSU has not lost at either of its on-campus fields since a 4-2 loss to Richard Stockton in October 2005.
The Red Hawks also stretched its regular-season unbeaten streak to 24 games going 23-0-1 during that span.
Sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Brown (Staten Island, NY / Monsignor Farrell) made nine saves for CSI, which fell to 0-7 on the season.
Pytlar gave Montclair the only goal it would need 9:29 into the contest as he knocked in a crossing pass from freshman Sean Tyree (Somerset, NJ / South Brunswick). It was Pytlar’s second tally of the season.
Cullen pushed the lead to 2-0 before halftime with his team-leading fourth goal of the season. Junior John Velasco (Bound Brook, NJ / Bound Brook) earned his first assist of the year as the Red Hawks took the two-goal lead into the intermission.
Rudden capped the scoring in the 67th minute with Cullen and Bill Baker (Hamilton, NJ / Steinert) getting assists.
MSU outshot the Dolphins, 27-1 and had 14 corner kicks to CSI’s one.
The Red Hawks are next in action on Saturday, September 19 as MSU opens defense of its NJAC title. Montclair travels to Rowan for a 7:00 pm matchup in Glassboro with the Profs.