Men fall in game No. 2; Lions lose to Red Hawks

Junior forward Ray Nelan. (Elizabeth Yacone / Staff Photographer)

Communication is a key aspect in winning games. The men’s varsity soccer team was dealt another loss due to miscommunication on Saturday as Montclair State University was able to blow past the College with a 5-1 win in game two for the Lions of the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

“Our organization fell apart and the other team capitalized on our breakdowns in the back,” sophomore goalkeeper Aaron Utman said.

The Red Hawks pulled ahead, netting two goals in 50 minutes. Junior forward Luigi Moriello brought the Lions within reach of the Red Hawks shortly into the second half with his third goal of the season. Montclair was able to top the Lions by the end of play, leaving the final at 5-1. Forward Dan Mendozza scored two for the Red Hawks to pull out the win.

“It wasn’t a good feeling to lose such a big game which could have put our season in a very positive direction,” Utman said.

Moriello’s goal came off a strategic cross from junior midfielder Ed Kozic. Kozic’s ball off the right sideline set up Moriello for the point.

“We need to work together to defend and to keep possession of the ball,” Utman said. “Also the team needs to do a better job of communicating.”

The Lions will continue conference play on Wednesday as they travel to Rutgers University — Camden at 7 p.m. The men come back to their home turf for Saturday’s Homecoming game, taking on Rutgers University — Newark at Lion’s Stadium at 7 p.m.

Hilarey Wojtowicz can be reached at wojtowi3@tcnj.edu.