MONTCLAIR–Four-time defending New Jersey Athletic Conference champion Montclair State University received goals from five different players and outshot New Jersey City University, 21-4, en route to a 5-0 NJAC men’s soccer win on Saturday night at the MSU Soccer Park.
MSU, currently first in the league again, won its third straight game and improved to 11-2-2 overall and 6-1-0 in the NJAC. NJCU (6-9-0, 1-6-0 NJAC) was eliminated from NJAC Tournament contention with the loss. The Red Hawks lead the all-time series, 43-11-3. Montclair had a 14-2 advantage in corner kicks in the game including 10-0 in the first half.
MSU seniors Coron Short (Dayton, NJ/South Brunswick) and Thomas Benack (Sparta, NJ/Lenape Valley) had first-half goals as the Red Hawks led 2-0 at the break before adding three more in the second half.
Short gave Montclair State at 1-0 lead at the 17:04 mark of the contest knocking in a pass from Larry Geraghty (Cranford, NJ/St. Benedict’s Prep) for his second goal of the season. Benack extended the lead to 2-0 just under seven minutes later, collecting his third of the year on an unassisted tally at 24:46.
Senior Mike Pytlar (Califon, NJ West Morris) made it a three-goal lead 2:34 into the second half netting his seventh goal of the year before Sean Pauls (Denville, NJ/Morris Knolls) deposited a pass from Mike Krol (Howell, NJ Howell)for a 4-0 margin at 65:40. Junior Dan Hernandez (Englewood, NJ Paramus Catholic) capped the MSU scoring with his first collegiate goal at 81:36.
Junior forward ALEX CERON (Belleville, NJ/Belleville) and junior forward JOSH SEWELL (Jersey City, NJ/Ferris) had two shots (one on goal) each but no other NJCU player was able to attempt a shot.
Freshman goalkeeper ZAKARY AZMI (New Milford, NJ/Emerson) made five saves for the Gothic Knights in defeat.
MSU sophomore goalkeeper Anthony Rogic (Boonton, NJ/Morris Catholic)made two saves as he recorded his seventh shutout of the season and the Red Hawks’ eighth as a team.
NJCU returns to the pitch on Wednesday, October 20 at 4 p.m. in a non-conference home contest against Brooklyn College.
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