Stevens Institute Blanks Montclair State, 4-0
Nov. 15, 2009
Courtesy of Stevens Athletics
MONTCLAIR, N.J. (November 15, 2009) - The Stevens Institute of Technology men's soccer team cruised over host Montclair State University, 4-0, in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship on Sunday afternoon in Montclair, N.J. Senior Terrence Johnson continued his spectacular postseason with two goals and an assist as the Ducks advance to play in the Sectional round of the tournament for the second-straight season.
Stevens got on the board just 3:11 in when Johnson was able to squeeze a header inside the right post and under Montclair goalkeeper Teddy Ritter (Belfor, N.J.) for his 11th goal of the season. Freshman Zach Adler chased down a long pass from senior Chris Faustino in the left corner. Adler held off the defender, made several moves and lofted a high-arching cross from left to right across the goal. Both Johnson and senior Todd Sheridan were there and Johnson was able to direct it just inside the right post for the tally.
Before Montclair (17-2-2) even had the first goal on the scoreboard, Stevens pushed its lead to two. Johnson had the ball deep in the penalty box on the right side of the end line. The senior lifted his head and made a pass back out to the top-middle of the box and found Adler wide open. Adler took his time, lined up his shot, and buried it in the lower-right corner. The goal came at the 5:56 mark and was his seventh of the season.
Montclair settled in after the second Stevens goal and was able to gain quality possession and generate several strong chances off corners, but junior goalkeeper Zach Carr made several excellent saves and the Red Hawks could not find the back of the net.
The Red Hawks ended the first half with a 9-3 advantage in corners but went into the break trailing as the Stevens defense and midfield of Faustino, junior Bryan De Faria, sophomore Pete Bednarsky, senior Josh Williams, junior Michael Quijano, and senior John Radvany hung tough and would not give in to the Montclair attack.
Stevens (17-3-1) came out strong in the second half and created quality chances early, but could not put the game away. The Red Hawks came back and got several strong chances of their own, but in every case they could not convert, missing wide, high, or just getting flat-out denied by Carr who was aggressive in cutting down angles and going after services into the box.
Johnson and Empire 8 Player of the Year Nolan Sandberg put the game out of reach in the 65th minute on a quick-hitting counter. After several MSU attempts, Sandberg tracked down the loose ball 10 yards outside of the Duck penalty area, and lofted a perfect pass to Johnson who was streaking down the middle of the field. The Stevens senior torched the Montclair defense, beat the keeper to the long ball and chipped it up and over for the goal. It was his team-high 12th score of the season.
Stevens added some extra insurance at the 73:09 mark. Freshman Victor Daza had the ball on the left side of the Montclair penalty box. The rookie held off his defender, and tapped out to Sheridan who was sprinting in from his outside midfield position. Sheridan controlled, made two moves to his right toward the middle, and then snuck a low tracer just inside the left post from 20 yards out for his fifth goal of the season and second of the NCAA's.
The rest of the game was a matter of formality as it was clear the Ducks had Montclair's number on this day. Though the Red Hawks ended the game with a 14-12 edge in shots and out-cornered Stevens, 9-4, they just could not crack a Stevens defense that has recorded 15 shutouts this season and allowed a grand total of just seven goals.
Carr made a total of six saves and lowered both his own and the team's goals-against average to an eye-opening 0.30 on the season.
Johnson now has five goals and 12 points in four postseason games this season and has tallied 21 game-winning goals over the course of his spectacular career. As a team, the Ducks have outscored the opposition 14-1 in the postseason.
Stevens is the first team since Rowan University on November 6, 2003 to score four goals against a Montclair State team. The Red Hawks had not allowed three goals in a game since a loss at New Jersey City University on October 13, 2007.
Stevens will now advance to play the winner of Christopher Newport University and Lynchburg College next weekend in a Sectional semifinal at a place and time yet to be determined. The winner of that game will play in the Sectional final for a trip to the National semifinals in San Antonio, Texas. Visit www.StevensDucks.com for more information on Monday morning.