JERSEY CITY—Sophomore forward JULIA CASERES (Union, NJ/Union) and freshman forward ASHLEY CUNHA (Edison, NJ/Edison) continued their dazzling early-season scoring demonstrations, as each striker posted a hat trick and sophomore midfielder KATLIN VARGO (Edison, NJ/Union Catholic) netted two goals and an assist as New Jersey City University outshot The City College of New York, 57-4, and routed the Beavers, 9-1, in a non-conference women’s soccer game on Tuesday.
The game was the first home athletic event for NJCU in 2009-10 and the first soccer game played on the newly enhanced and upgraded Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field at the Thomas M. Gerrity Athletic Complex. NJCU led 6-1 at halftime and held a 33-2 edge in shots at the break. NJCU had an 11-1 edge in corner kicks. The Gothic Knights also hit the crossbar four times.
NJCU evens its record at 2-2 overall while CCNY drops to 0-2. The Gothic Knights lead the all-time series, 9-1 with a 70-7 goals differential.
Caseres, the reigning New Jersey Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, finished with seven total points, including an assist as she scored the first, second and ninth goals of the game to bring her team and conference leading totals to six goals and 14 points. She now has 28 goals in 24 career collegiate games and attempted 13 shots in just 62 minutes of action.
Cunha, the NJAC Rookie of the Week, bagged her first career hat trick, and increased her 2009 total to five goals as she scored the fourth, sixth and eighth tallies. She attempted 10 shots in 49 minutes.
Vargo notched her first career multiple-goal game on seven shots, tacking on the fifth and seventh goals, giving her three on the year and added an assist for a five-point outing. Sophomore midfielder ERICA BUONACQUISTA (Aberdeen, NJ/Bayonne) added her first goal of the year and third of her career—the game’s third score.
Sophomore midfielder NICOLE DeMOTT (Rochelle Park, NJ/Hackensack), sophomore midfielder NICOLE SARICA (Linden, NJ/Linden) and rookie defender CHELSEA SPETHMANN (Wood-Ridge, NJ/Hasbrouck Heights—Wood-Ridge) contributed single assists.
CCNY’s lone goal was scored by senior midfielder Carina Subia (Queens, NY/Francis Lewis). Senior keeper Kate Malytska (Brooklyn, NY/Edward R. Murrow) made 15 saves in defeat for the Beavers.
Junior keeper KELLY REILLY (Pennsville, NJ/Pennsville Memorial) made one save in 74:31 of action while freshman keeper CATHERINE HENSLEY (Dripping Springs, TX/Dripping Springs) stopped two shots in the final 15:29.
Caseres opened the scoring at 6:47 when she dribbled through the right side of the box and ripped a high shot down the middle of the goal from five yards out. She added another unassisted tally at 13:58 when she dribbled through the defense on the left endline before slipping a shot inside the far post.
Buonacquista made it 3-0 at 19:11 when DeMott centered a pass that led to a 40-yard 1-on-1 breakaway. Cunha got on the board at 28:40 when she received a pass from Vargo and drove a high shot under the crossbar from 25 yards. Less than two and a half minutes later, Vargo tallied a goal at 31:01 when she dribbled through the defense on the left side, beat a defender 1-on-1 before, before going to the net against the keeper.
Less than four minutes later (34:42), Cunha tapped a shot inside the left post off a perfect cross on the ground from Sarica for a 6-0 lead. CCNY scored its lone goal at 25:30 on a free kick from the left into the upper center of the net.
Vargo made it 7-1 at 61:39 when her deep shot beat the opposing keeper top shelf. NJCU concluded the scoring with two goals in a span of 1:35. Cunha blasted a one-timer inside the left post off a left wing cross from Caseres at 84:45 before Spethmann threaded a breakaway pass down the middle of the field at 86:20, which Caseres put away for the 9-1 final.
NJCU returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. when it visits Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY for a non-conference contest. CCNY travels to the College of Staten Island on Friday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m.
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