UNION– Freshman Dan Mendoza netted the game-winner off a penalty kick in the 63rd minute as Montclair State University defeated Kean, 2-1, Wednesday evening in NJAC action.
MSU (10-2-2, 5-1 NJAC) quickly scored just under three minutes into the match as senior Mike Krol lofted a pass to the right side of the box where senior Chris Tatro fired a missile for the early 1-0 lead.
Kean (8-6-1, 4-2 NJAC) then tied things up in the ninth minute as sophomore Tiago Goetzke recorded his ninth goal of the season on a breakaway that was started by sophomore Michael Custidiano at the opposite 20 yard line.
The match would remain tied until the Red Hawks were awarded a penalty kick after being bumped in the box as Mendoza took advantage with what would be the game-winner.
MSU held a 15-8 advantage in shots and a slight 6-5 edge in corner opportunities.
Freshman keeper Tyler Callahan made two saves for Kean while sophomore Anthony Rogic stopped two shots for Montclair.
Kean returns to conference action when they host The College of New Jersey on Saturday afternoon at East Campus while Montclair State hosts New Jersey City University.
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