Monmouth’s Daniel Bostock tapped in a rebound for his first goal of the season to hand the St. Francis men a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime defeat on Sunday afternoon at the Stokes Soccer Complex.

Bostock’s goal at 95 minutes, 53 seconds gave the Hawks the win they needed to clinch the top seed in the upcoming Northeast Conference Tournament. The Red Flash needed a win or tie on Sunday to secure the home field advantage.

Monmouth improved to 12-4-2 overall and 7-2 in the Northeast Conference.

St. Francis dropped to 8-8-2 overall and 6-2-1 in the NEC.

St. Francis will play Sacred Heart at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 in the second semifinal game of the NEC Tournament. The Pioneers are the only other NEC team to defeat the Red Flash this season.

The Red Flash fell behind on an early goal by Ryan Kinne. Michael Millar fed Kinne with a pass just inside the 18-yard box. Kinne took a few dribbles and sent the ball into the left side of the net for a 1-0 Hawks lead at 10:37.

But the Red Flash bounced back with a fury over the next 10 minutes.

Senior Jarron Brooks hit a sensational shot from 21 yards out to tie the match at the 12:56 mark.

Freshman Patrick Fleming fed senior Bryce Luetzen with a pass inside the box.

Luetzen kicked it back to Brooks, who released a hard shot that ricocheted off the cross bar and into the net.

A little less than six minutes later, St. Francis took a 2-1 lead on a goal by sophomore Daniel Moir. Fleming and Luetzen again assisted as Moir was able to tap his shot from 3 yards out into the right side at 18:53.

However, both teams battled with each team having minimal good chances over the next 77 minutes until Andreas Klang hit a terrific goal similar to Brooks’.

Klang struck the ball from about the same spot as Brooks and found the upper right corner to tie the match at 2 with 4:59 showing on the clock.

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