Men's Soccer Falters Against Ramapo in OT; Red Hawks To Face Stockton in Opening Round of NJAC Tournament

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Montclair, NJ (10/27/10) –  Junior midfielder Frank Vogas (Clifton, NJ / Clifton) scored off a failed clear with 6:55 remaining in the first overtime as Ramapo College upended Montclair State, 1-0 in a key New Jersey Athletic Conference men’s soccer contest at MSU Soccer Park on Wednesday evening.

The Roadrunners (11-2-4, 5-1-3 NJAC) picked up a victory that earned them the No. 3 seed in when the NJAC Tournament opens on Saturday, October 27. Ramapo will face Kean University on Saturday in Mahwah at a time to be determined.

Sophomore goalkeeper Anthony Rogic (Boonton, NJ / Morris Catholic) made four saves for Montclair State (12-4-2, 6-3 NJAC), which suffered a second straight overtime loss. The defeat now forces Montclair to play an opening-round NJAC Tournament game for the first time since 2005. MSU will be the No. 4 seed and will face Richard Stockton in the opening round on Saturday. Game time will be at 6:00 pm. Richard Stockton knocked off MSU 2-1 in overtime last Saturday.

Scoreless through the first two periods, Ramapo, which played the final 39:19 a player short following a red card, got the only two shots of the extra session. Rob Santaniello (Oakland, NJ / Ramapo) had a header attempt 1:11 into the period went just wide. Two minutes later, after the ball was played down into the box, MSU looked to clear. The ball managed to stay inside kept in by Joe Kane (Delran, NJ / Delran) where Vogas was able to settle it on the left side before chipping a shot to the right post for the game-winning tally. It was Vogas' third goal of the year.

Senior goalkeeper Brad Stockton (Toms River, NJ / Toms River East) made four saves to earn his sixth shutout of the season. Stockton also got a little bit of help as Larry Geraghty’s (Cranford, NJ / St. Benedict’s Prep) rocket shot off a free kick banged off the crossbar in the 23rd minute. 

The Red Hawks outshot the Roadrunners, 8-3 in the first half and 9-5 over the final 45 minutes of regulation finishing with a 17-10 margin in that category. MSU also held the edge in corner kicks at 10-7. 

After the corner kick, neither team generated many scoring attempts despite each side creating opportunities. Montclair then caught a break as the red card on Ramapo at 54:46 gave MSU the man-advantage for the rest of the game. Montclair would get three solid chances, the first by Kevin Zalewski (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany) at 68:49 that was snared by Stockton. Jay Fartura (Kearny, NJ / Kearny) then got a chance with 8:57 left however his shot from the top of the six went high and Dan Mendoza’s (Hackensack, NJ / Hackensack) header was also saved by Stockton. 

Santaniello nearly gave Ramapo the win with 1:47 left as he rocketed a shot off a free kick from 25 yards out over the wall but Rogic smothered the shot to keep the game scoreless.