Montclair State scored during that same timeframe, though, as Batista tied it on a rebound-goal in the 28th minute.
O-State goalie Daniel DeBottis came out to stop a shot by Cullen and deflected the ball to an oncoming Batista, whose header was saved by a defender. The ball bounced right back to Batista, though, as he scored his 13th goal of the season.
The Red Dragons went back in front with 22 minutes to go in regulation, when freshman Jake Sutherland headed in a cross from Brian Bartichek shortly after entering the game.
“I think if it would have ended 2-1, Montclair would have been really upset with themselves,” Byrne said of a Red Hawks team that outshot O-State, 24-10, including a 20-6 advantage in regulation. “It evened out in the second half, but in the first half you have to say they were on top of us. They just couldn’t get the bounces.”
Cullen capitalized on Dan Mendoza’s long, high cross from the right corner for the late equalizer. The ball sailed past the goal and missed several Red Hawks until Cullen one-timed it in, from the left side to the far post.
“One-hundred percent, I give the credit to my defense,” said Montclair State goalie Anthony Rogic, who made all three of his saves after regulation. “We were down, but we never quit out there. If you keep playing, you can make something happen.”
DeBottis secured the tie by diving to save a last-second header by Batista in the second 10-minute overtime period. Oneonta, which went first in the shootout, then missed its first two penalty kicks.
Rogic dived to his right to knock away Addison Straub’s leadoff attempt and, after teammate Dan Mendoza converted the Red Hawks’ opener, watched Eric Fortier’s high shot bounce off the crossbar.