Men's Soccer Slips Past Rutgers-Camden in Double-Overtime, 2-1

Box Score

Montclair, NJ (10/2/10) –  Senior midfielder Coron Short (Dayton, NJ / South Brunswick) headed in a pass from freshman Dan Mednoza (Hackensack, NJ / Hackensack) with 2:14 to play in the second overtime period as Montclair State slipped past Rutgers-Camden, 2-1 in NJAC Men’s Soccer action at Sprague Field on Saturday afternoon

Junior Mike Pytlar (Califon, NJ / West Morris) had a goal as the Red Hawks won their fifth straight improving to 7-1-2 overall while remaining unbeaten in the NJAC at 4-0.

Senior midfielder Andrew Filewicz (Deptford, NJ / Northeast Catholic (PA)) collected a goal for Rutgers-Camden, which dropped its third straight – all by the identical 2-1 margin. The Scarlet Raptors fell back to the .500 mark at 6-6-1 overall, 2-3 in the conference.

Pytlar gave Montclair State a 1-0 lead 15:40 into the contest with his fifth tally of the year. Sean Pauls (Denville, NJ / Morris Knolls) served a ball from the right side across the field. Pytlar controlled the ball 15 yards out and spun around a defender before volleying a shot to far right post past an outstretched Tim VanLiew (Deptford, NJ / Deptford) for the first goal of the game.

Meanwhile VanLiew helped keep the Scarlet Raptors in striking distance as he made six saves following the goal. Rutgers-Camden eventually tied the game with 5:20 to play before half. C.J. Finley (Burlington, NJ / Burlington Township) got control of an errant clear and moved in along the endline before passing back in front to Filewicz, who one-timed the ball into the upper-center of the net for his second of the year and a 1-1 tie. 

That’s the way the game stood as VanLiew made six more saves in the second half while the Montclair State defense allowed just two shots in the final 45 minutes of regulation. 

In the first overtime, Chris Edelschein (Medford Lakes, NJ / Shawnee) had a solid opportunity to put the game away however MSU keeper Anthony Rogic (Boonton, NJ / Morris Catholic) snared the header – his only save of the game. It was on to the second overtime period where the Scarlet Raptors got a pair of shots in the first minute that went wide. Van Liew, who finished with 13 saves, batted away an attempt by Pauls with 4:06 left as the game stayed deadlocked. 

Montclair State would get a pair of corner kicks before eventually cashing in with the game-winning goal. Off the second of the two, Mendoza got the ball on the left side at 25 yards away. He served a ball to eight yards where Short was there to head in the pass for the goal, his first of the season.

Montclair State outshot Rutgers-Camden 24-11 however the Scarlet Raptors held the edge in corner kicks, 9-8.

Both teams return to action in non-conference contests. Montclair State travels to Willimantic, CT on Tuesday, October 5 to face Eastern Connecticut at 7:00 pm. Rutgers-Camden is back on the road the following day (October 6) taking on Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA at 4:00 pm.