LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Sophomore Brandon McCarthy (Ludlow, Mass./South Kent) scored the equalizer in the 70th minute as the Monmouth University men’s soccer team tied Siena, 1-1, Saturday afternoon on the Siena Turf Field. With the draw, the Hawks move to 7-3-6 (3-1-5 MAAC), while the Saints also currently stand at 14 points in the MAAC at 9-7-2 overall and 4-3-2 in the conference.
“Once again, our guys showed tremendous character on the road,” said Monmouth Head Coach Robert McCourt. “After an unexpected start, the team rallied up and really played very well. We hit the crossbar twice and scored a fantastic goal. In the end, I feel we were unlucky to only get a point out of the game.”
For the game, the Hawks took a 16-10 edge in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. Eric Klenofsky (Lincoln Park, N.J./DePaul Catholic) made three saves for Monmouth, while his counterpart Josh Weiss made four saves for Siena.
Siena struck first in the fifth minute, when Alex Portela scored off assists from Matt Needham and Tom Allen. Allen played the ball into the box from 40 yards out, where Needham headed the ball to Portela who found the back of the net inside the near post.
The Hawks outshot the Saints, 6-2, in both the first and second halves. Monmouth put three shots on Weiss in the first half, but the keeper was equal to the challenge. Miguel Alves (Newark, N.J./St. Benedict’s Prep) got a shot off in the 17th minute, while Luke tested Weiss in the 31st minute. Matt Jeffery (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) sent a header on net in the 44th minute, but Weiss again made the save. Derek Luke (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) collected the rebound, but sent a shot wide moments later.
Monmouth continued to knock on the door in the second half, with Dom Sarle (Huntington, N.Y./Bradenton Prep) sent a shot on net in the 53rd minute, but Weiss made his fourth save. Luke hit the crossbar in the 62nd minute, before McCarthy broke through with the equalizer in the 70th minute. Alves sent a cross from left to right into the box to McCarthy, who punched it in. Sarle was also credited with an assist on the play.
Neither team could find the game winner in the final 40 minutes, with Siena forcing Klenofsky to make a save in each of the overtime periods.
The Hawks conclude the regular season with a Wednesday road match-up with hOURglass rival Saint Peter’s. Kickoff from Jaroschak Field is slated for 2 p.m.