Glassboro, NJ (9/19/09) – Back Thomas Benack (Sparta, NJ / Lenpae Valley) scored the game-winning goal with just over five minutes remaining in the second half to give 17th-ranked Montclair State University a 2-1 victory over Rowan University in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game on Saturday.
With 5:23 remaining, midfielder Mike Krol (jr. Howell, NJ/Howell) centered a pass into the box and Benack made a diving header, sending the ball into the left side of the net.
Montclair State is 6-0-1 overall and Rowan has a 4-2 record. This week, the Red Hawks, who are unbeaten in their last 25 regular-season contests, are ranked third in the South Atlantic Region and 17th in the nation. It was the first conference game of the season for both teams.
Rowan led 1-0 after the first period. Back Jason Dugan (sr. Seaville, NJ/Ocean City) scored on a penalty kick at 11:48. In the second, Red Hawks’ back Coron Short (jr. Dayton, NJ/South Brunswick) scored on a shot that went into the upper left corner of the goal. Midfielder Michael Cullen (sr. Clementon, NJ/Highland Reg.) picked up the assist.
Montclair State took 13 shots, while Rowan had five. Goalkeeper Teddy Ritter (sr. Belford, NJ/Middletown N.) made one save in the Red Hawks’ net. For the Profs, goalkeeper Charlie Cunliffe (jr. Lakewood, NJ/Lakewood) stopped four shots.
The Red Hawks are back home on Wednesday, September 23 as they host Rutgers-Newark at MSU Soccer Park beginning at 3:30 pm