Men’s Soccer News; Week of 9/24

Action from this week in D3 Men’s Soccer.

Tufts tops Brandeis in New England Battle

Tufts’ Brett Rojas scored the lone goal in the win over Brandeis (Anna Miller/Tufts University photo)

MEDFORD, Mass. – In a battle between two teams from last year’s NCAA Division III Final Four, the Tufts University (5-0-1) men’s soccer team came out on top of Brandeis University (5-2-0) 1-0 Friday night at Bello Field. The Jumbos are still yet to allow a goal this season.

Gavin Tasker recorded his second assist of the season to add to his team-high six points.

The only goal of the night came in the 48th minute when Jumbo sophomore Gavin Tasker found teammate Brett Rojas at the top of the box. Rojas hit a laser at Judge goalie Ben Woodhouse. Woodhouse was able to get a hand on it, but the ball was hit so hard that it was deflected off his glove and into the back of the net.

It was Rojas’ first goal of the year as he becomes the eighth Jumbo to put one in the back of the net this season. Tasker picked up his second assist on the play.

It was a tightly contested game that didn’t produce all that many shots, only nine for each team, which speaks to the level of fight both teams showed for the entire length of the field. Neither team was really able to create too many chances in a row because they were constantly under pressure form the opposition.

The first chance of the game came in the 20th minute when Tufts’ Joseph Braun sent a cross into the box from the right side that found Tasker about five yards away from goal. He was able to get a shot off that Woodhouse got in front of for his first save.

In the 25th minute off of a Brandeis corner taken by Dylan Hennessy, Jumbo goalie Bruce Johnson came out to punch the ball, but was unable get it away from danger. The ball bounced dangerously inside the Tufts box before Rojas was able to get a foot on it and clear it away.

Brandeis had another good opportunity in the first half when in the 35th minute they had a throw in on the Jumbos’ side of the field. The throw made it all the way to the front of the net where Jake Warren took a shot that was blocked by Tufts’ defense. The ricochet found Evan Glass who took another shot, but this time Johnson grabbed and fell on it.

The first half ended with the Judges having the edge in shots, eight to four.

The scariest moment for the Jumbos came in the 83rd minute when Brandeis’ Josh Ocel sent a cross into the box that Johnson originally stopped, but it slipped out of his arms and bounced towards the goal. He quickly half-crawled, half-dove to scoop it up a second time.

Tufts looked to add to their lead in the 88th minute, but the shot by Braun went high.

Brandeis held the edge in corners six to five, while Tufts committed a few more fouls, nine to six.

The Jumbos will travel to Wesleyan University this Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. game. The Judges play the same day at Wheaton.

SOURCE: Tufts Athletics Press Release

Rutgers-Newark moves to 8-0; Regular-Season Streak now at 21

RNU’s Fabio De Sousa (shown here against Elmhurst) scored for the third-straight game in the Scarlet Raider’s 2-0 win over Kean (RNU Athletics Photo)

Head Men’s Soccer Coach Kevin East picked up his 150th win at Rutgers University-Newark as the nationally-ranked No. 4 Scarlet Raiders improved to 9-0-0 in 2017 with a 2-0 win over Kean University Saturday afternoon in Union.

The Scarlet Raiders scored two goals in the middle of the first half and never looked back, improving to 2-0-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Rutgers-Newark has now won 21-straight regular-season games dating back to September 17, 2016.

East is in his 11th season leading the Scarlet Raiders, now boasting a record of 150-73-14. He has presided over the program throughout its rise to national prominence.

Over the last four-plus seasons, Rutgers-Newark has gone 79-23-2, reaching three NCAA Tournaments. The Scarlet Raiders made the ‘Big Dance’ for the first time in 2013, won their first NCAA match the next year and made a run to the ‘Elite Eight’ in 2016. The squad also won an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) title in 2015.

Saturday’s win saw the Scarlet Raiders in control for much of the match, scoring at 20:05 to go on top 1-0, and getting an insurance goal a little more than seven minutes later.

“We played solid defensively again, and I was proud of the team effort to keep a clean sheet which we take a lot of pride in,” said East after the win. “We were able to capitalize on a few forced mistakes by Kean to score our goals.”

Junior Stefano Muniz put home the game-winner, busting up a clear and converting a one-on-one opportunity with the Cougar goalkeeper. Muniz now has four goals this season, three of which have gone in the books as game-winners.

Sophomore Fabio De Sousa was responsible for the second tally of the afternoon, registering his team-high seventh goal at 27:27. Freshman Joshua Breton-Jones was credited with the assist on the play, picking up his first collegiate point. De Sousa now has goals in three-straight matches and four of the last five, and Muniz has points in back-to-back games for the second time this season.

The Cougars (4-3-1 overall, 0-2-0 NJAC) took the first shot in the contest, but that was it for the next 27:18 of match time as the Scarlet Raiders took over. Kean was only able to muster four total bids in the opening period, none of which were on target.

R-N remained in control in the second half, creating several flurries and maintaining a strong hold on the game.

The Scarlet Raiders ended the 90 minutes taking seven of the game’s eight corner kicks and not allowing a single shot to reach sophomore goalkeeper Andres Medina until the final second. Medina recorded his fifth individual clean sheet of the year.

Rutgers-Newark now has eight shutouts in nine matches as a team and boasts a plus-26 scoring differential (27-1). The Raiders ended the match with a 23-10 margin in shots and a 12-1 advantage in shots on goal.

“We could have been a bit better in possession, but we played a lot of our young guys and they keep learning,” added East. “It was a difficult day to play, being so hot for late September. It felt more like preseason on the field than the first few days of fall.”

Rutgers-Newark will look to continue its strong play Monday afternoon when the Scarlet Raiders visit the College of Staten Island in a non-conference match at 4 p.m. The Raiders return home Wednesday night for a showdown with NJAC foe New Jersey City University.

SOURCE: Rutgers-Newark Press Release

Dominican tops Marian for NACC Win

Dominican’s Jonathan Arzeta (Dominican Athletics photo)

The Dominican University men’s soccer improved to 2-0-0 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) and 6-2-0 overall on the season, scoring a 3-1 win over the Marian University Sabres in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, on Saturday afternoon.

The match was scoreless through the first 44 minutes until Dominican’s Jonathan Arzeta scored an opportunistic goal when Marian’s backline misplayed a ball in the 18-yard box with the ball bouncing right to the foot of Arzeta who converted for his third goal of the season.

The Stars outshot the Sabres 5-3 and held a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks through the opening 45 minutes.

Dominican carried the momentum from the first half late strike into the second half, tacking on to their lead just 1:11 into the second half when Cesar Franco found the back of the goal for his first goal of the season.

In the 59th minute, Dominican’s Adam Yaghmour converted on a penalty kick for an insurance tally after a Marian hand-ball in the box. The goal was the team-leading seventh goal of the season for the Stars’ senior forward.

Marian finally answered back in the 61st minute when Alonso Fragoso beat Dominican’s Aaron Menyes from 25 yards out on the left side of the field. The goal was the only score the Sabres could manage as the Stars backline refused to crack the rest of the way.

“We did a nice job capitalizing on a few opportunities today,” said Erick Baumann, the Stars’ head coach. “That was a very difficult game to play in but the guys overcame the challenges and got it done.”

The Stars continue to make their way through the NACC schedule, returning home to River Forest, Illinois, to host the MSOE Raiders on Wednesday. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at Dominican’s West Campus Field.

SOURCE: Dominican Athletics Press Release

Grace, Durbin with Braces, lift CNU over Virginia Wesleyan

Christopher Newport’s Stephen Durbin (Patrick Dubois/CNU OCPR photo)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — In the latest chapter in the rich history of thrilling contests between Christopher Newport and Virginia Wesleyan men’s soccer, the Captains escaped victorious on Wednesday night with a 4-2 decision over their cross-water rivals. Leaning on leading scorers Jimmy Grace and Stephen Durbin, Christopher Newport improved to 4-2-0 on the season while the Marlins suffered just their second loss of the season, falling to 5-2-0.

Playing in front of a season-high crowd of nearly 900 on a steamy night at Captains Field, Christopher Newport was tested early and challenged late in the contest, but the home team managed to pull out a 4-2 win. Grace and Durbin each scored twice, with three of the four goals coming after halftime.

At the outset of the game, Virginia Wesleyan took control immediately and made two strong runs at the goal within the first three minutes. Leading scorer Ricky Perrault blitzed by the defense and took a hard shot on-frame just 17 seconds in, and Tyriq Wellman made a nice play for a shot on-goal with 2:12 expired. CNU junior goalkeeper Zach Pedini made both stops, and picked up a third save in the 25th minute to keep the aggressive Marlins attack off the board.

CNU would cash in first, when awarded a penalty kick in the 26th minute after Grace was taken down in the box. The senior stepped up to the mark and smashed a hard shot into the right for the game’s first goal. It was his first PK goal of the season and fifth of his career.

After carrying a 1-0 lead into halftime, the Captains offense revved into gear after the break. Just under ten minutes into the second stanza, Durbin scored his first of the night off a beautiful feed from sophomore Noah Peizer. Tracking down the right side, Peizer slipped a low pass through a pair of defenders for Durbin, who took one step and smashed a hard shot into the left side of the goal.

The junior forward would add his fifth goal of the season in the 73rd minute of action when he took advantage of a misplay by the Virginia Wesleyan defense. Sophomore midfielder Samsu Sallah played a long pass into the box from the right side and the ball trickled between a Marlins defender and goalkeeper Nick Peterson, leaving the streaking Durbin all alone on the back end for an easy conversion.

With a 3-0 lead in hand, the Captains were far from able to coast to an easy victory against the tough Marlins opponent. Just two minutes after Durbin pushed the lead to three, a similar misplay by the Captains defense allowed Ryan Kraus to score off a long assist from Peterson on a free kick. As the Marlins pushed everything forward, they would pull back within one goal when Ikechukwu Etonyeaku scored on a hard pass from Miciah Brown. Brown found Etonyeaku open in the box, where he turned and bounced a shot into the right side.

Despite short time, the Marlins refused to disappear. After physical play led to a free kick with the clock winding down, Virginia Wesleyan put all 11 player on the CNU side of midfield. Peterson tried to deliver a strong serve with 23 seconds remaining, but the Captains defensed it perfectly and turned the last play into a rush of white jerseys across midfield with the ball and no one in front of them. As the final countdown waged, Grace placed a perfect shot from just inside of midfield into the open net for the final score.

Grace now has seven goals and two assists for 16 points on the season, ranking second in the Capital Athletic Conference.

In the 43rd all-time meeting between the two programs, separated by just over 25 miles of real estate, the Captains notched their fourth straight win and improved to 8-1-1 since 2008.

SOURCE: CNU Athletics Press Release



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