NJAC Men’s Soccer Saturday Highlights

Some of the Men’s Soccer action from today around the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Rutgers-Newark with Big Win over Montclair State

Rutgers-Newark’s Fabio DeSousa drilled the game-winner over Montclair with 1:00 minute remaining in regulation (RNU Athletics Photo)

NEWARK, N.J. (October 21, 2017) – The nationally-ranked Rutgers University-Newark men’s soccer team improved to 17-2-0 overall and 7-1-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) with a 2-0 shutout of Montclair State University Saturday at the MSU Soccer Park.

Sophomore Fabio De Sousa scored the game-winner in the 60th minute, senior Hubert Dul added insurance with 1:00 remaining in regulation and sophomore goalkeeper Andres Medina made four saves for another shutout.

Rutgers-Newark will host William Paterson University Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in its regular-season finale on Alumni Field. Prior to the match at 7:15 p.m., the Scarlet Raider senior class will be honored as part of the annual Senior Night festivities.

The shutout was the 13th of the year for the Scarlet Raiders, and the R-N defense looks to be clicking on all cylinders as the team has allowed just two goals in its last six matches. For the year, the Scarlet Raiders have allowed a grand total of seven goals while pouring in a splendid 49 of their own.

De Sousa’s tally came at 60:05 and was assisted by freshman standout Adrian Velazquez. Velazquez played the ball back into the box after several R-N corners, and De Sousa finished with a header after a strong run. De Sousa now has 15 goals – seven of the game-winning variety – and Velazquez has four assists.

The Red Hawks were able to generate four shots after the De Sosa goal, but just one was on target as R-N closed out its 13th shutout of the season.

Rutgers-Newark finished the match with huge advantages in total shots (29-11) and shots on goal (13-4) , doubling up the Red Hawks in corners (6-3) as well.

At exactly 89:00, the Newark lead moved to two goals when Dul found the back of the net for the fifth time this season. De Sousa assisted on the play, moving into a tie for the team lead in helpers with Dul (six).

The road triumph for Rutgers-Newark is notable as the Scarlet Raiders have only beaten Montclair State in Montclair twice since 1983 prior to Saturday. The first win came in the 1983 season and the most recent came in the NJAC playoffs on November 6, 2013. The two sides also tied back in 2001.

“It was a difficult NJAC game against a good Montclair team,” said Head Coach Kevin East after the victory. “I thought we played well in the first half and were a bit unlucky to not get a goal or two. Once we scored, they had to push for a goal and put some pressure on us. We could have been a little better on the counter at that point, but the boys defended well and kept the clean sheet. I was proud of their effort on a hot day.”

The 17 wins for the Scarlet Raiders are tied for the most in the regular-season in program history (2016), and Rutgers-Newark has clinched a bye in the first round of the NJAC Tournament with one tough game remaining on the slate against William Paterson.

Fans unable to make it to Senior Night Wednesday can watch live at http://www.rutgersnewarkathletics.com/watch.

Want more Rutgers-Newark men’s soccer? Follow @ScarletRaiders and @RUN_Soc on twitter!

SOURCE: Rutgers-Newark Athletics Press Release

Ramapo holds Rowan to Scoreless Draw

Ramapo keeper Ryan Sprague made 14 saves in the Roadrunner’s scoreless draw with Rowan (Ramapo Athletics photo)

Mahwah, NJ: The Ramapo College men’s soccer team held the #6 ranked Profs of Rowan University to a double-overtime 0-0 draw to earn a point in the New Jersey Athletic Conference standings. The Roadrunners stand at 8-9-1 overall and 3-4-1 in conference play heading into the final regular season game of the season on Wednesday evening.

The two teams battled it out for 110:00 minutes and with a strong defensive showing from the Roadrunners and 14 game changing saves from Ryan Sprague, the two teams would finish the conference match-up knotted 0-0 at the final buzzer.

Rowan would control the offensive end out shooting Ramapo 26-5 but Sprague’s performance would leave Rowan short. Erik Checkur would make three saves in goal for the Profs.

With the tie the Profs stand at 15-2-1 overall and 7-0-1 in conference play.

The Roadrunners head to Union on Wednesday, October 25th when they face off with the Cougars of Kean University at 7:30pm.

SOURCE: Ramapo College Athletics Press Release

Udodi’s Game-Winner Keeps Kean‘s Playoff Hopes Alive in 3-2 Victory over TCNJ

Kean’s Kamsi Udodi scored the game-winner in the final minutes of regulation against TCNJ (Kean Athletics photo)

EWING, N.J. (10/21/17)– Kamsi Udodi notched the game-winner in the 85th minute as the Kean University men’s soccer team kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 victory over TCNJ on Saturday morning.

Alex Noriega and Vinceroy Nelson each scored for the Cougars who improved to 9-6-1 overall and 4-4 in the NJAC. Nick Sample and Ryan Vazquez each scored a goal for the Lions who fall to 5-8-3 and 1-4-3 in the NJAC.

The Cougars trailed 1-0 entering the second half after Sample scored with a shot from 15 yards out in the 27th minute. KU would get on the scoreboard in the 66th minute when Noriega converted on a penalty kick goal to even the contest at 1-1. Kean earned the PK after a TCNJ defender was called for a foul during a slide tackle in the box. Noriega was elected to take the kick and scored low on the far post.

Kean took their first lead of the game at 2-1 when Nelson scored off an assist from Jorge Castro in the 70th minute. The Lions responded with a game-tying goal in the 76th minute, when Vazquez scored on a header to even the game at 2-2.

The Cougars scored the game-winner in dramatic fashion. The TCNJ keeper came out to play the ball and fell down after getting tangled with his own defender. Udodi controlled the ball and dribbled towards an open net. Udodi’s first shot was knocked off the line, but the loose ball bounced back to the sophomore for the game-winner.

Danny Guillen finished with a match-high five shots, while Nelson tallied four. Derek Phells made four saves in the victory for Kean. Sample took four shots, while Michael Kayal made five saves in the loss for TCNJ

Head Coach Peter-John Falloon and the Cougars will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 25th, hosting the Roadrunners of Ramapo College for Senior Night at 7:30 p.m

SOURCE: Kean Athletics Press Release



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