Grantham, PA (11/14/10) – Senior Nick Thompson scored on a knuckling 22-foot blast 2:30 into overtime as top-ranked Messiah College proved to be a thorn in the side of Montclair State as the Falcons eliminated the Red Hawks from the NCAA Division III Tournament with a 2-1 second round victory at Shoemaker Field on Sunday evening.
Thompson's goal provided yet another heart-breaking loss for Montclair State against the two-time defending and seven-time national champions as the Red Hawks season came to an end at 14-5-3. Of Montclair's five losses this season, three came in overtime.
It is the third time in four years that Messiah has ended Montclair State's season. In 2007, the Falcons topped the Red Hawks 1-0 in the Sectional Final at Shoemaker Field and then posted an identical score in a double-overtime victory over MSU the following season in the Sectional semifinal at Christopher Newport handing the Red Hawks its only loss in a 20-1 campaign.
And for the third time it was a Thompson goal that sent Messiah past MSU. Nick Thompson scored in the 2007 contest and younger brother Danny netted the game winner in 2008.
Early on it was Messiah with most of the offensive chances as the Falcons outsthot MSU 6-0 through the first 18 minutes, including the game's first goal as Geoff Pezon scored off an assist from Thompson at 17:58. Thompson fed Pezon who blasted a shot into the back post upper corner for his 16 marker of the season.
But Montclair State continued to battle and outshot the Falcons 4-0 the rest of the way as MSU trailed 1-0 at the break.
The Red Hawks continued to battle toe-to-toe with Messiah in the second half and would get the equalizer at the 62:09 mark as Kevin Zalewski (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany) picked the perfect time to score his first goal of the season. Goalkeeper Anthony Rogic (Boonton, NJ / Morris Catholic) cleared a ball that reached all the way to the opposite box. Zalewski was there and volleyed the ball into the back of the net for the 1-1 tie.
Rogic and Messiah keeper Jake Perry would keep the game that way as they both stopped scoring chances over the final 28 minutes.
In the overtime, Thompson got the game-winner as he shot trickled through the hands of Rogic for his 12 goal of the year.
Rogic made four saves for Montclair State, which was outshot 14-12 in the contest.