GLASSBORO, NJ - Matt Hendrickson scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime to lift the 19th-ranked Rowan University men’s soccer team to a thrilling 3-2 win over NJAC rival Montclair State before a packed crowd at the Rowan Soccer Stadium.
Hendrickson took the cross from Alex Ferrara on a corner and headed it into the center of the net for the golden goal at 104:58. It was the junior’s third goal of the season.
“It was a play we work on in practice and typically I stay at the top of the box and wait for anything that comes out the top of the 18. And something in me just told me I was going to score if I went in so I listened to my gut and put it in the back of the net,” said Hendrickson.
“We put him (Matt) in for a reason because at any given second he can do that. He has three goals this year and they’re all in the last minute of a half or an overtime period and he’s had some big goals. So we’re not surprised,” said head coach Scott Baker.
The Profs went ahead, 2-1, early in the second half when freshman Jay Vandermark scored on a blast from outside the box at 46:31, after he took a short pass from Wilby Alfred. It was Vandermark’s team-high eighth goal this year.
Montclair State scored the equalizer at 78:33 as Oscar Sanchez tallied his second of the game, taking a low cross from Stefan Koroman and putting it into lower right corner.
The Red Hawks got on the board first at 19:29 as Sanchez dribbled around a few defenders and moved across the box, sending a shot into the lower right corner for the unassisted goal.
Rowan tied the game at 35:52 on a diving header by Modou Sowe. Leo Montesinos sent a low cross from the right side and Sowe dove and connected just before he hit the ground, sending it inside the right post.
“This is a great win and every NJAC game is a challenge and it’s a war. The teams are great and the rivalries are there every single time. We have to come out Wednesday and do it all over again against Stockton,” said Baker.
Rowan held a 19-14 edge in shots while goalkeeper James Weinberg made five saves.
Rowan improves to 5-1-3 (1-0-1 NJAC) while playing its fifth overtime match of the season and Montclair State is now 7-4 (0-2 NJAC).
The Profs will be back in action on Wednesday, October 2, when they take on Stockton in an NJAC contest at 7 p.m. at the Rowan Soccer Stadium.
ROWAN FIELD HOCKEY SUFFERS 4-3 LOSS AGAINST LYNCHBURG
LYNCHBURG, VA – The second ranked Rowan University field hockey team suffered a 4-3 loss against the University of Lynchburg. The game was played at Liberty University.
The Hornets led 2-0 after goals by forward Jackie Lerro at 9:36 and 20:27. Midfielder Kristiina Castagnola cut the deficit to one. She hit the cage (25:31) after a pass from back Casey Wagner.
Lerro made the score 3-1 in the third quarter. Forward Bridget Guinan had a shot into the left side of the net for the Profs’ second goal (41:46) after a penalty corner. In the fourth, midfielder Emily Dudley gave Lynchburg a 4-2 advantage at 52:59. Guinan produced a second tally with 48 seconds remaining.
Goalie Morgan Novak made nine saves. It was Rowan’s first loss (7-1) on the season. Lynchburg is 6-3 overall.
MONTCLAIR, NJ – The Rowan women’s soccer team suffered a 1-0 overtime loss at conference opponent Montclair State University.
Back Samantha Senatore scored the game-winner at 97:07. The Red Hawks are 6-2-2 overall and 2-0-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. The Profs have a 4-4 record with a 1-1 conference mark.
In overtime, Montclair State edged Rowan in shots, 3-2. Midfielder Caitlyn Cordell took the Profs’ first one (92:01) which was stopped by goalkeeper Lindsay Freewalt. The Red Hawks answered with two attempts. Freewalt turned away a shot by forward Daria Jones at 95:20.
Freewalt ended the game with seven saves. Rowan totaled 12 shots and seven were on goal. In the first half, midfielders Dominique Marrone and Bethany Sansone and forward/midfielders Abby Daigle and Jessica Beck each applied pressure with one shot on net.
Midfielder Megan McKinley and Jones had one opportunity in the second period. Jones hit the post and McKinley’s shot was saved by Freewalt. For the Profs, goalkeepers Bristol Pizzuto and Amanda Leber combined for three saves.