HARTFORD, Conn. – Sophomore Santo Arena snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring from midfield in the 88th minute to propel the Monmouth University men to a 2-1 win over over the University of Hartford Tuesday night.

Arena caught the goalkeeper off guard, sending the long-distance shot over his head and into the upper left side of the net.

“Tonight was a very entertaining college soccer game,” Hawks head coach Robert McCourt said. “Both teams has some good moments, but I don’t think anything could top Santo’s sublime finish to win the game for us. We’re now looking forward to conference play next week.”

Hartford (0-5-1) opened up the scoring in the first half, but Monmouth (2-4-1) freshman Michael Neff tied the game in the 67th minute on the assist from senior Zachary Pereira.

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Sean Murray earned his second career win, making three saves.

The Hawks will open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play against Manhattan College Wednesday, Sept. 26.