WAYNE, N.J. — Marcus Hackett scored the game-winneing goal with 18 seconds remaining as William Paterson (4-3) stunned No. 6 Montclair State (6-1) 3-2 in the Pioneers’ home opener Sept. 19.
William Paterson took a 2-0 lead into halftime, but a 69th-minute Dan Mendoza penalty kick and an Almir Batista goal with 1:29 to play tied the score at 2-2.
A weak clearance by the MSU defense was won in the air by Hackett, and the ball ended up at the feet of Besmir Dzila, who fed a ball forward. Hackett ran on and blasted a shot from 25 yards out that tucked in underneath the crossbar, a dramatic game-winner that was his fifth goal of the year.
The Pioneers broke the scoreless deadlock in the 21st minute after Matt Nigro headed a ball near the goal that pulled out MSU keeper Anthony Rogic. When Rogic couldn’t secure the ball, Dan Patton jumped on the opportunity, finishing to an open net.
David Chase made it a 2-0 advantage 13 minutes later, getting on the end of a bouncing ball near the right end line and drilling it along a tough angle into the left side of the goal.
Hackett was whistled for a foul committed against Montclair State’s Mike Horan in the box, allowing Mendoza to get MSU on the scoreboard with his penalty kick to the lower-left side of the frame.
After the Red Hawks were awarded a free kick following a foul along the sideline, Joe Borrajo slipped a cross along the wet grass of the box and Batista got on the end of it, redirecting it to complete MSU’s comeback from the two-goal deficit.
Goalkeeper Santiago Mesa posted four saves for the Pioneers while Rogic collected four stops for Montclair State.