Newark, NJ (9/29/10) – Junior forward Mike Pytlar’s (Califon, NJ/West Morris HS) tally just 4:17 into the match proved to be the lone goal as Montclair State held on for a 1-0 New Jersey Athletic Conference win over Rutgers-Newark on Alumni Field.
Pytlar ran onto a through pass from beyond midfield off the foot of freshman midfielder Dan Mendoza (Hackensack, NJ/Hackensack), sprinted 30 yards down the right side of the pitch and fired a shot into the opposite side of the goal against a diving save attempt by Scarlet Raider sophomore goalkeeper Jonathan Frances (Chandler, AZ/Hamilton).
Frances then made four saves to match the total of Red Hawk sophomore goalkeeper Anthony Rogic (Boonton, NJ/Morris Catholic) who notched his fifth shutout of the season. All of Rogic’s saves came during a frantic, well-played second half.
In the 83rd minute, Raider junior midfielder Kofi Agyemang (Union, NJ/St. Benedict’s Pre) rifled a shot that was blocked near the left corner of the box. Junior midfielder Estiven Benitez (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills) collected the rebound and hammered a shot at the left side where Rogic deflected the ball up off the crossbar. The ball ricocheted back down into his arms before he cleared the ball out to the left side. Rutgers-Newark got a corner kick, but Rogic had robbed Rutgers-Newark of its best chance to level the score.
Montclair State out-shot the Raiders, 19-11, but Rutgers-Newark managed four second-period corner kicks to win that category, 5-3.
The Red Hawks (6-1-2, NJAC 3-0-0) host Rutgers-Camden at 1 p.m. on Saturday while Rutgers-Newark (6-3-1, NJAC 0-2-1) travel to The College of New Jersey for a 7 o’clock NJAC contest.