Sixth-ranked Men's Soccer Blanks Mt. St. Vincent, 9-0

Montclair, NJ (9/3/08) – Freshman Rodrigo Santiago (Wharton, NJ / Morris Hills) came off the bench to score twice and add two assists as sixth-ranked Montclair State received scoring contributions from seven different players in a 9-0 win over Mount St. Vincent at MSU Soccer Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Freshman David Przybylo ( Denville, NJ / Parsippany Hills) also had two goals as the Red Hawks are off to a 3-0 start for the fourth consecutive season. The contest marked the first meeting between the schools.

Senior goalkeeper William Raftery ( Bronx, NY / Salesian) made 15 saves for Mount St. Vincent, which fell to 0-3 on the season.

Santiago, who entered the game in the 26 th minute, put the first goal on the board for Montclair State. Senior Eric Pfeifer ( Wyckoff, NJ / Ramapo) crossed the ball to classmate Tyler Masterson ( Long Valley, NJ / West Morris Central) inside the box. Masterson would head the ball onto the foot of Santiago, who rifled a shot into the back of the net at 30:08 for his first collegiate goal.

Junior John Esposito ( Hillside, NJ / Hillside) would add his first tally of the year nine minutes later that sparked a four-goal run by the Red Hawks over a span of 2:32. Mike Vermes (Cinnaminson, NJ / Cinnaminson) scored just 19 seconds after Esposito and Santiago connected on his second goal via penalty kick at 41:39 to make the score 4-0. Przybylo accounted for the final tally 11 seconds later as Montclair led 5-0 at the half.

In the second half, Santiago would pick up assists on the first two goals as he helped set up Thomas Benack ( Sparta, NJ / Lenape Valley) and Mike Pytlar ( Califon, NJ / West Morris) as MSU extended its lead to 7-0 at 56:31. Pytlar set up senior Chris D’Amato’s ( Ramsey, NJ / Ramsey) second career goal before Przybylo closed out the scoring with second mark at 70:11.

Goalkeepers Nick Mele ( Delran, NJ /Delran) and Teddy Ritter ( Belford, NJ / Middletown North) each posted a scoreless half of play with Ritter making two stops. Mele earned the victory, the 39 th of his career tying him with Mark Williams for the school record.

Montclair State returns to action on Saturday, September 6 as they host Neumann College at MSU Soccer Park at 2:00 pm.