November 4, 2012
NO ORDINARY JOSEPH
Schmid lifts Monmouth men over Sacred Heart
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Junior captain Joseph Schmid scored in the 67th minute as the Monmouth University men defeated Sacred Heart, 1-0, in Northeast Conference action on Senior Day on The Great Lawn on Sunday afternoon.
The Hawks improved to to 11-4-3, 6-2-2 and clinched the No. 3 seed in next week's NEC Tournament, to be played at top-seeded Quinnipiac. Sacred Heart ended its season at 9-8-0, 5-5-0 NEC. The Hawks will face second-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson in a rematch of last year’s NEC final.
“I’m really proud of the way the guys responded today,” Monmouth coach Robert McCourt said. “We’ve had to deal with a lot of adversity off the field. A lot of the guys have been without power all week. It would’ve been easy for them to take a day off, but they responded really well. We’re excited about the upcoming NEC Tournament.”
After a scoreless first half in which the Hawks outshot the Pioneers, 7-0, Monmouth broke through in the 67th minute. Freshman Tomas Penfold (Scarsdale, N.Y.) found older brother, sophomore Andres Penfold (Scarsdale, N.Y.), near the top of the 18-yard box. The latter Penfold made a short pass into the penalty area to lead Schmid (Kingston, Pa.) to a one-on-one opportunity and the captain beat goalkeeper Tucker Hackett.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Blackburn (Natick, Mass.) made two saves to secure his 26th career win and 23rd career shutout. Hackett made four saves.
Monmouth held a 13-10 edge in shots, while corner kicks were even at 3-3.