JERSEY CITY—Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham received a pair of goals from freshmen midfielders Manny Almieda (Elizabeth, NJ/Union Catholic) and Joshua Corpuz (Randolph, NJ/Randolph) and shutout the College of Staten Island, 6-0, in the first game of round two of the 2009 NJCU Liberty Cup, hosted by New Jersey City University Sunday at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field.
FDU (4-2), competing in the tournament for the first time since 2004, improves to 4-0 all-time in the event, while Staten Island drops to 0-6. FDU outshot the Dolphins, 36-6.
The Devils, who also were runners-up in 2004, were 2-0 in this year’s tournament and had a +9 goals differential. Host NJCU won the event with a 2-0 mark and +12 margin. New York City College of Technology was third, and CSI placed fourth.
Corpuz had a five-point day with the two goals and one assist. Junior forward Duncan Swanwick (Basking Ridge, NJ/Gill St. Bernards) chipped in a goal and an assist. Corpuz and Almieda were voted to the All-Tournament Team for the Devils.
FDU also saw junior forward Matt Daspin (Boonton, NJ/Boonton) tally one goal while senior midfielder Brian Hurley (Wall, NJ/Wall) added one assist.
FDU freshman keeper Tim Kirk (Pompton Lakes, NJ/Pompton Lakes) made four saves to preserve the shutout.
Making the All-Tournament Team from CSI were freshman midfielder Lirim Begai (Staten Island, NY/Susan Wagner), sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Brown (Staten Island, NY/Monsignor Farrell) and freshman forward Andriy Sudak (Brooklyn, NY/James Madison). Brown made 13 saves for CSI while under heavy pressure.
Corpuz scored the eventual game-winner with an unassisted tally at 18:09 of the first half, his sixth of the year, before Almeida tacked on the second goal at 40:22, also without an assist, for a 2-0 halftime lead. Almeida added his second goal of the contest and fifth of the year at 72:27 of the second half off a feed from Corpuz as the Devils began to pull away.
FDU made it a 4-0 contest at 76:15 when Corpuz added his second goal of the game and seventh of the season off a feed from Swanwick. The Devils would go on to add a pair of goals in the final five minutes as Daspin scored from Hurley at 85:51 and Swanwick capped the win with a netter with 57 seconds left.
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