Montclair, NJ (10/22/11) – Montclair State senior goalkeeper Anthony Rogic (Boonton, NJ / Morris Catholic) stopped eight shots while Richard Stockton counterpart Lou Herring (Freehold, NJ / Freehold) knocked the away the biggest shot of the game in the second overtime as the Red Hawks and Ospreys played to a scoreless draw at Sprague Field on Saturday evening.
The tie prevented Montclair State (12-2-3) from clinching a first-round bye in the upcoming NJAC Tournament. The Red Hawks, now 4-1-2 in the NJAC, need a win over Ramapo College in its final regular-season game on Wednesday, October 26 to clinch the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye when the conference tournament begins on Saturday, October 29.
Richard Stockton (9-6-3, 2-3-2 NJAC) remains in the hunt for
one of the six spots in the tournament. The Ospreys have eight points,
two ahead of Ramapo although the Roadrunners have two NJAC games
remaining while Stockton faces Rutgers-Newark at home on Wednesday.
In the scoreless draw the numbers were almost even as Montclair State held a 17-16 edge in shots with the Ospreys putting more on net as Rogic made four in each half of regulation to register his sixth shutout of the year. Meanwhile Herring made two saves total for his second this season.
While each team got their opportunities through the first 90 minutes, it was the final 10 of the second overtime period that proved to be the most entertaining. Ninety-six seconds into the period, Montclair’s Brian Cullen (Clementon, NH / Highland Regional) slipped a pass from 25 yards out on the right side across the field through several defenders and on to the foot of Kevin Zalewski (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany), who was standing all alone on the far post five yards out.
Zalewski tried to settle the pass which Herring just enough time to chip away the shot over the crossbar.
Two minutes later is was Stockton’s turn as Pat Rafferty (Brick, NJ / Christian Brothers Academy) headed a ball off a corner kick that just went wide. The Ospreys would get three more corner kick opportunities, the second coming the closest to a goal however Brian Thomsen’s (Brick, NJ / Monsignor Donovan) cross to the far post just missed an oncoming player and bounced out of bounds.
Both teams return to action with non-conference contests on Monday, October 24. The Ospreys are home to FDU-Florham at 7:00 pm while the Red Hawks take on NYU-Polytechnic at the same time.