Sept. 11, 2013
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Monmouth Hawks (1-2-1 overall) scored a goal 37 seconds into overtime to post a 2-1 victory over Villanova (1-2-1 overall) in a non-conference men's soccer match played here tonight.
The Hawks capitalized in the first minute of extra time when the Wildcats were unable to clear the ball from their own end and Monmouth took advantage with a sharp display of passing. The ball went from Colin Stripling to Francois Navarro to Tomas Penfield, whose shot into the top shelf of the net at 90:37 gave Monmouth the win.
"We missed a clearance there in overtime and it gave them a chance," stated Villanova head coach Tom Carlin. "Credit to Monmouth. They made the play."
On a warm night here on the Great Lawn the Hawks had the better of the chances in the early going. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Weakly made the night's first save in the sixth minute for Villanova and a header from the Hawks' Stripling went wide of the net in the 10th minute.
There were two close calls for the Wildcats midway through the period. Francois Navarro sent a blast from 26 yards out that sailed over the crossbar. In the 29th minute, Matt Jeffery sent a header towards the Nova net that grazed the crossbar before heading out of play.
Monmouth owned the first nine shots of the contest before Villanova was credited with one. But the Wildcats made their only shot of the period a meaningful one. Senior Adetomiwa Adewole knocked the ball loose from Hawks goalkeeper Stephen Graziani and it came to junior Oscar Umar, who headed the ball into the net past a Monmouth defender to give the `Cats the 1-0 advantage.
The goal came at 31:55.
A ball inside the box in the 43rd minute, though, created a problem for the Wildcats. David Acuna Camacho got a touch on a ball that looped over the head of Weakly and into the net to deadlock the contest at one just before intermission.
Monmouth owned a 10-1 advantage in shots in the first half and owned a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Weakly made three saves for the `Cats.
"In the first half we weren't as ready as we needed to be to win the physical battles," stated Carlin. "We got the one goal and thought we could hold that lead. But we had a mistake in the back and it allowed them to tie us."
The Wildcats were sharper in the second half and generated a series of quality scoring chances. The best of those may have come in the 90th minute when sophomore Sean Sheridan sent a shot that sailed just over the crossbar. Weakly also came up big in the 80th minute with a pair of tough saves in the net to keep the contest deadlocked heading into the final minutes.
"We were better in the second half," Carlin stated. "We did a better job of connecting passes and generated some chances. But we couldn't get one."
Monmouth owned a 17-6 edge in shots on the night and also were up 8-5 in corner kicks.
This was the first of three consecutive road games for the Wildcats, who travel to Long Island to visit Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon (2:00 p.m.).