A look at some recent action in D3 Men’s Soccer
TCNJ upsets Montclair State
Ewing, NJ– The College of New Jersey men’s soccer team (5-7-3, 1-3-3 NJAC) defeated Montclair State University (10-5-1, 4-3-0 NJAC) in a conference contest on Saturday.
In the first half, the Lions struck first in the 20th minute. Matt Skinner (Allentown, NJ/Allentown) took a cross from the left side from Ryan Vazquez (Kinnelon, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) and punched in a header to get the Lions on the board. The goal was Skinner’s first on the 2017 campaign. The rest of the first half, the Lions were able to control the pace of the game and did not allow the Red Hawks to score despite getting off five shots. Matt Decker (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills) was strong on the defensive end. He stopped several Red Hawk attacks, and one came on a breakaway where he chased down the Red Hawk forward from behind and cleared the ball away.
In the second half, the Lions broke the game open with two goals in 36 seconds. In the 60th minute, Vazquez took a nice feed from Peter Dresch (Highland Park, NJ/Saint Joseph) inside the box and found the back of the net. Dresch sent a beautiful low pass from just beyond the left post that snuck by the defenders and found Vazquez. The Lions then added another as James Pike (Short Hills, NJ/Saint Peter’s Prep) scored a header off of a free kick from Kevin Esteves (Elizabeth NJ, Elizabeth) to extend the advantage to 3-0. The rest of the game, the Lions denied the high powered Red Hawk offense. Prior to the today, the Red Hawks ranked ninth in NCAA Division III in goals per game with an average of 3.36.
In net for the Lions was Daniel Mecadon (Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central). In his second career start, Mecadon played well as he made three saves and intercepted several Red Hawk crosses. Mike Saalfrank was in net for the Red Hawks who tallied three saves.
The Red Hawks held the advantage in shots 15-10, and corner kicks 4-1.
Next up for the Lions is a home game Saturday, October 21st against Kean University at 11:00am as part of homecoming weekend.
SOURCE: TCNJ Athletics Press Release
Novas’ goal and assist lift Vassar into 1st
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (October 14, 2017) – For the second straight day, the Vassar men’s soccer team earned a 2-1 win. On Saturday, it was over a St. Lawrence squad that began the day in first place in the conference standings. With the win, the Brewers now own a 5-0-1 league record and are in first place with 16 points.
“St. Lawrence is one of the top programs in the country and clearly the top program in the league so any kind of result against St. Lawrence is huge,” said Head Coach Andy Jennings. “When they scored, I was just so impressed with our attitude in terms of the players and their ability to come back and score the winning goal.”
Jose Novas tallied his league leading fourth game-winning-goal of the season to propel the Brewers past the Saints and into first place. He also notched an assist on the day for his fourth of the season. The senior now leads the team with six goals and 16 points, and is tied for the team lead in assists.
The Brewers got things going early when in the 6th minute Henrik Olsson found the back of the net off the assist from Novas. The senior forward took a hard shot that was blocked by the Saints defense, but Olsson was right there to collect the ball and score putting his team up 1-0.
VC played from ahead the rest of the half, but continued to pepper shots on the St. Lawrence defense. In the first half alone, Vassar fired off 14 shots and earned six corner kicks to keep the pressure on.
The Saints offense answered in the second half with under 15 minutes remaining. Ryan Roche found Jethro Dede streaking down the middle of the field. As keeper, Matt Marcelino came out of the net, Dede made the move past him and scored for the equalizing tally.
Vassar quickly went back on the offensive and took the lead back in the 85th minute. Mattie Mrlik made a nice touch in the box to keep the ball away from St. Lawrence and the ball found the feet of Novas. The senior collected the ball and scored for the home side.
Marcelino made his second straight start in net, picking up his fourth win of the season. The senior made five saves against nine total shots.
The Brewers will have some much needed rest before their next match on Saturday, October 21 as the team heads to Geneva to face Hobart.
SOURCE: Vassar Athletics Press Release
Klauer’s GW lifts Rose-Hulman into First-place Tie in HCAC
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer team won their fourth straight match on Saturday afternoon as the Figthin’ Engineers defeated Defiance College 1-0.
Physical play dominated the entire 90 minutes of the match as 24 total fouls were committed and five yellow cards were administered.
Despite the physicality of the match, the Fightin’ Engineers were able to break through in the second period for the only offense that either team produced. in the 59th minute Ross Klauer managed to get a foot on a deflected pass in the box from Charles Lynch and fire it into the back of the net, giving Rose-Hulman a 1-0. For Klauer, it was his second goal of the season and second goal in his last two games. He scored the game-winning goal against Anderson on Wednesday.
Rose-Hulman out shot Defiance 12-3. The Fightin’ Engineers also held an 8-2 advantage on corner kicks.
The win improved RHIT’s record to 9-4-1, 4-1-0 HCAC. Defiance fell to 6-6-2, 2-3-0 HCAC. Rose-Hulman will return to action on Wednesday October 18th. The team will travel to Mount St. Joseph. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
SOURCE: RHU Athletics Press Release