Men's Soccer Rallies Past Rutgers-Camden, 2-1

Camden, NJ (10/10/09) - Montclair State, which rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit, raised its record to 11-0-1 overall and 5-0 in the NJAC. The Red Hawks, who have won the last three NJAC championships and are ranked No. 5 in the d3soccer.com Top 25 poll and No. 10 in NCAA Division III national poll, have now won 16 consecutive regular-season games and 21 straight overall against NJAC opponents.

That streak, which dates back to 2007, was in serious jeopardy against the Scarlet Raptors, who played an outstanding first half and took a 1-0 lead on a goal at 25:55 by freshman forward C.J. Finley (Burlington, NJ/Burlington Township). A long throw-in by freshman midfielder Casey Doyle (West Orange, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) passed through the box and toward the far post, where Finley tapped in his third goal of the season.

Rutgers-Camden, which has now lost five straight games against Montclair State, held a 10-5 advantage in shots in the opening half. The Raptors’ strong back four of junior Stan Reahm (Deptford, NJ/Deptford) and seniors Tim Ennis (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson), Tom Collins (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) and Chase Komer (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown), meanwhile, did a stellar job in shutting down the high-powered Red Hawk attack.

The Raptors’ shutout lasted until 73:16, when Montclair State took advantage of a Raptor foul 30 yards out from the goal. Junior forward Larry Geraghty (Cranford, NJ/St. Benedict’s Prep) ripped a rocket over the Raptor defensive wall that grazed the underside of the crossbar and settled in the net, tying the score at 1-1. It was Geraghty’s fourth goal of the season.

Montclair State capped its comeback on Pytlar’s winning goal at 86:45. Sophomore back Kevin Brown (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) played a ball to the left side of the box for junior back Coron Short (Dayton, NJ/South Brunswick). Short’s cross to the far right post was headed in by Pytlar near the goal line for his fourth goal of the season and third game-winning tally.

Both teams finished with 17 shots, while Montclair State held a 6-4 edge in corner kicks.

Rutgers-Camden, which falls to 6-6-2 overall and 1-3-1 in the NJAC, received seven saves from sophomore goalie Tim VanLiew (Deptford, NJ/Deptford). Montclair State senior keeper Teddy Ritters (Belford, NJ/Middletown North) finished with two saves.

Rutgers-Camden jumps right back into the fire Monday with a 4 p.m. non-conference game at York (PA) College. The Spartans are ran ked seventh (d3soccer.com) and 21st (NCAA Div. III) nationally and are coming off a big win over top-ranked Messiah College, the defending national champion.

Montclair State is idle until Wednesday, when it plays a 3:30 p.m. NJAC game at Ramapo College.