POMONA—In 2008, New Jersey City University scored the first five goals of the game in an easy win over rival Richard Stockton College. This year, the Ospreys returned the favor. Stockton scored twice in the opening 12 minutes of the game en route to a 4-0 halftime lead and eased past the Gothic Knights, 6-0, in the New Jersey Athletic Conference opener for both schools on Saturday at G. Larry James Stadium.
In all, five players scored for the Ospreys, ranked fifth in the NSCAA South Atlantic Region, as Stockton improved to 6-1 overall (1-0 NJAC), while winning its fourth straight game. NJCU’s four-game winning streak was snapped in the loss; the Knights are 5-2-1 (0-1 NJAC). Stockton leads the all-time series, 25-6-5.
Junior forward Rafael Duarte (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) scored twice for Stockton. Freshman midfielder Devin Reilley (Woodstown, NJ/St. Augustine) and freshman defender Chris Hayman (Pittsgrove, NJ/Schalick) each had a goal and an assist while junior midfielder Sean Nelson (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South) and senior forward Sean McCallum (Vineland, NJ/Vineland) each chipped in two assists.
Reilley opened the scoring 6:09 into the first half with his first career goal on a double assist from McCallum and Nelson. Duarte scored the first of his two goals at 11:42 off a helper from Nelson. Sophomore defensive specialist Sal Pistone (Blackwood, NJ/Highland) headed in a corner from senior midfielder Pat Tolomeo (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) as Stockton built a 3-0 lead at 25:50 before senior midfielder Butch Huff (Toms River, NJ/Toms River North) connected on a goal at 40:55 off a pass from Hayman to make it 4-0 at the break.
Hayman scored his first collegiate goal at 52:05 of the second half on a McCallum assist before Duarte capped the offense with a tally at 65:14 with Reilley assisting.
Stockton senior keeper Anthony Pompei (Hamilton, NJ/Hamilton West) made three saves for his third shutout of the season and the Osprey defense only allowed seven shots for the game. Senior forward JILMAR PEREZ (Princeton, NJ/South Brunswick) had four of NJCU’s seven shots, including two of three on goal.
Stockton attempted 19 shots. NJCU junior keeper JUSTIN GRANT (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) registered three saves in 55:42 before he was relieved by sophomore MANNY LOJO (Clark/Union Catholic) who made two saves in the final 34:18.
NJCU will return to action on Wednesday, September 23 at 4 p.m. when it hosts Kean University in an NJAC game at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field. NJCU is 4-0 at home this year.
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