MONMOUTH ADVANCES PAST STONY BROOK, 5-4, ON PK'S
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Following a scoreless double-overtime draw, the
Monmouth University men's soccer team advanced past Stony Brook on penalty
kicks, 5-4, in the NCAA Tournament First Round Thursday night on The Great
Lawn. With the tie, the Hawks move to 14-5-2, and will face third-seeded
Connecticut, Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in Storrs,
Conn. Stony Brook ends its season at 10-6-4.
"I thought it was another great moment for the program," said Monmouth Head Coach Robert McCourt. "I thought the guys showed a lot of resolve. It was a good game, back and forth so it was entertaining for the fans and I thought the guys were very confident and executed the penalty kicks."
Antonio Crespi then
airmailed his attempt over the crossbar, putting the Hawks in control. Joseph
Schmid (Kingston, Pa./Wyoming Valley [Villanova]) gave MU the 3-2 edge.
Leonardo Fernandes and Mehdi Belakehal were successful on the final two attempts
for Stony Brook, while Erkko Puranen (Viitasaari, Finland/Voionmaan Lukio
[URI]) kept the Hawks in front with his next try. Anthony Vazquez (Belford,
N.J./Middletown North [St. John's]) sealed the Hawks' fate, faking right before
shooting left for the win.
Stony Brook shot first in the penalty kick shootout, and each team made its first two attempts. Kyle Schlesinger and Berian Gobeil Cruz each made their PK's for Stony Brook, while RJ Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) and Derek Luke (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) each deposited their attempts into the back of the net.