Pomona, NJ (10/23/10) – Sal Pistone (Blackwood/Highland) scored his first goal of the season with 3:26 left in the first overtime to give Richard Stockton (12-4-2, 4-2-2 NJAC) a thrilling 2-1 victory over Montclair State (12-3-2, 6-2) on Saturday afternoon. The win extends the Ospreys unbeaten streak to 10 consecutive contests (8-0-2) and it was Stockton’s second straight overtime victory.
The loss dropped Montclair State into second place in the NJAC standings (18 points), one point behind The College of New Jersey with one league game remaining. MSU is also two points ahead of William Paterson and three in front of Ramapo. The Red Hawks could finish anywhere from first to fourth place depending on Wednesday's outcome. The top two seeds in the NJAC Tournament receive first-round byes.
After a scoreless first half of the tense affair, Ali Gocmez (Delran/Delran) scored just 2:36 into the second half to put Stockton up 1-0. Clay Gashlin (Bayville/Central Regional) and Domenick Nocito (Delran/Delran) got the assists on the play.
Stockton soon gained a man-advantage due to a Montclair red card, but its lead was short-lived as the Red Hawks knotted the contest just four minutes later on a Coron Short (Dayton/South Brunswick) tally. Dan Mendoza(Hackensack/Hackensack) fed a nice pass to Short to earn the helper.
The game remained tied into overtime until Bryan Hutches (Haddon Twp. /Haddon Twp.) flipped a shot toward the Montclair goal that made its way to Kevin Churchill (Newton/Newton). Goalkeeper Anthony Rogic (Boonton/Morris Catholic) got a piece Churchill’s shot, but Pistone buried the rebound for the game-winner.
Stockton goalkeeper Tim Brett (Palmyra/Palmyra) kicked out nine shots in picking up his eight win of the season, which also stretched his unbeaten streak to 10 as well. Rogic made three saves for the Red Hawks in the game.
Stockton will travel to FDU-Florham on Monday for a 7 pm tilt before finishing the regular season at Rutgers-Newark on Wednesday. Montclair returns home to take on Ramapo in its regular season finale on Wednesday at 3 pm.