Men's Soccer Slips Past Rowan on Late Goal, 2-1

Glassboro, NJ (9/19/09) – Back Thomas Benack (Sparta, NJ / Lenpae Valley) scored the game-winning goal with just over five minutes remaining in the second half to give 17th-ranked Montclair State University a 2-1 victory over Rowan University in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game on Saturday.

With 5:23 remaining, midfielder Mike Krol (jr. Howell, NJ/Howell) centered a pass into the box and Benack made a diving header, sending the ball into the left side of the net. 

Montclair State is 6-0-1 overall and Rowan has a 4-2 record.  This week, the Red Hawks, who are unbeaten in their last 25 regular-season contests, are ranked third in the South Atlantic Region and 17th in the nation.  It was the first conference game of the season for both teams.

Rowan led 1-0 after the first period.  Back Jason Dugan (sr. Seaville, NJ/Ocean City) scored on a penalty kick at 11:48.  In the second, Red Hawks’ back Coron Short (jr. Dayton, NJ/South Brunswick) scored on a shot that went into the upper left corner of the goal.  Midfielder Michael Cullen (sr. Clementon, NJ/Highland Reg.) picked up the assist.

Montclair State took 13 shots, while Rowan had five.  Goalkeeper Teddy Ritter (sr. Belford, NJ/Middletown N.) made one save in the Red Hawks’ net.  For the Profs, goalkeeper Charlie Cunliffe (jr. Lakewood, NJ/Lakewood) stopped four shots.

The Red Hawks are back home on Wednesday, September 23 as they host Rutgers-Newark at MSU Soccer Park beginning at 3:30 pm