Monroe (10-3-1) took an early 1-0 lead in the 12th minute when Dave Durski finished a flick inside the box from Jeremy Mammen before Keysean Brant-Sharp’s penalty kick tied it 1-1 for East Brunswick in the 25th minute.
The two teams traded penalty kicks in the second half – Infosino converted a kick in the 49th minute for the Falcons while Brant-Sharp answered for the Bears in the 56th minute to tie it.
Monroe senior goalie Bryce Horn made eight saves while East Brunswick keeper Dennis Kotenko stopped seven shots.
East Brunswick played without senior forward Alex Mora, one of their key players.
“Alex sprained his ankle, obviously a big loss for us, but we have a lot of good players,” McKibbin said. “Some guys really stepped up for us and I was happy with the guys who filled in for him.”
For two teams that have combined for three GMC Tournament titles over the past three years, this game certainly showed both squads what type of fight they could be in for in the postseason.
“Our team was kind of feeling down (coming in), but this win definitely picked us up for the postseason and this is a final game right here,” Infosino said. “We know that we can play in these big games, so we can compete.”
via Monroe edges East Brunswick on Infosino’s OT game-winner.