JERSEY CITY—The date – 09/09/09 – was interesting and so was the outcome. Nine different players scored a goal and 12 collected at least one point as New Jersey City University outshot John Jay College, 56-4, and put up its highest scoring effort ever against the Bloodhounds, with a 10-0 non-conference victory on Wednesday afternoon at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field.
NJCU, playing its 2009 home opener, improves to 2-1-1 on the year, while JJC drops to 1-3. It was the Gothic Knights’ second team shutout of the year. NJCU leads the all-time series, 13-0, including 11 shutouts, and has a 67-2 goals differential in those 13 games. The 56 shots were the most for NJCU in a game since attempting 61 against The College of Staten Island on October 2, 2006.
Sophomore forward WALTER AVANS (Roselle Park, NJ/Union Catholic) was the lone player with multiple goals and he tallied the only two NJCU would need, notching back-to-back markers in a span of 48 seconds (19:50 and 20:38).
Freshman midfielder GABRIEL AVANS (Roselle Park, NJ/Union Catholic), senior midfielder AWAL AHMED (Elizabeth, NJ/Linden) and sophomore midfielder TOM KRYCHKOWSKI (North Arlington, NJ/North Arlington) each had a goal and an assist while senior forward JILMAR PEREZ (Princeton, NJ/South Brunswick) contributed two assists.
Also tallying goals for NJCU were junior defender LESTER OMBWAYO (North Brunswick, NJ/North Brunswick), sophomore forward ALEX CERON (Belleville, NJ/Belleville), freshman midfielder JEFFERSON HURTADO (Totowa, NJ/Passaic Valley), sophomore defender BORDIVENS FRANCOIS (Bloomfield, NJ/Bloomfield) and freshman forward MILTON GUTIERREZ (Clifton, NJ/Clifton). Junior defender HENRY GUADALUPE (Prospect Park, NJ/Manchester Regional) and freshman forward MANNY ADDU (Belleville, NJ/Belleville) each had an assist.
Junior keeper JUSTIN GRANT (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) made one save for NJCU in 63:25 of action. Sophomore goalie MANNY LOJO (Clark, NJ/Union Catholic) completed the shutout without a save in the final 26:35. The duo extended the Bloodhounds scoreless drought to 315:35.
For John Jay, sophomore keeper Chris Adao (Colonia, NJ/Colonia) faced 31 first-half shots and made 11 saves. Sophomore Joseph Rahilly (Malverne, NY/Malverne) had seven second-half saves.
The only goal NJCU would need was a product of the Avans brothers. Gabriel Avans threaded a thru ball up the middle to his older brother Walter Avans, creating a 1-on-1 breakaway. The second goal was setup when Perez centered a pass into the goalmouth from the left endline, which a wide-open Walter Avans one-touched into the net. Avans collected his second and third goals of the year.
At 27:46, Perez lifted a corner kick from the right side, allowing Ombwayo to head his second goal of the season inside the left post. Ceron made it 4-0 at halftime when he received a pass from Guadalupe, made a spin move in the middle, and fired a 30-yard shot into the left side of the goal for his third score of the year.
Three goals in less than eight minutes early in the second half put the game out of reach. At 50:58, Krychkowski sent a pass onto the right side of the box to Ahmed, who beat a defender before burying his first goal of the year inside the right post.
Ahmed returned the favor at 55:09 when he fed Krychkowski, who curved a shot from the left side of the box under the crossbar for his first tally of the year. Gabriel Avans made it 7-0 at 58:48 when he stole a ball on the right wing and scored his second goal of the year on a sharp angle into the left of the goal.
Fouls in the box led to penalty kicks for Hurtado and Francois and each capitalized by netting their first career goals. The final goal was the first for Gutierrez, who received a pass from Addu on a free kick restart and rifled home a shot from the near right wing.
NJCU is back in action today when it hosts York College (NY) in a non-conference game at 4 p.m.
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