JERSEY CITY-Sophomore forward JULIA CASERES (Union, NJ/Union), freshman forward ASHLEY CUNHA (Edison, NJ/Edison) and freshman defender CHELSEA SPETHMANN (Wood-Ridge, NJ/Wood-Ridge—Hasbrouck Heights) all scored twice and sophomore midfielder KATLIN VARGO (Edison, NJ/Union Catholic) contributed three assists as New Jersey City University tied the single-season school record for victories, hammering the City College of New York, 10-1, in a non-conference women’s soccer game on Sunday at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field.
With the win, NJCU improves to 9-6 overall and 5-1 at home this season. The nine wins tie the 1994 and 2008 clubs for the most in one year in the 17-year history of the program. CCNY drops to 2-7-1. NJCU leads the all-time series, 10-1, with an 80-8 goals differential. NJCU outshot the Beavers, 38-7 and had a 13-1 edge in corner kicks. It was NJCU’s second win over CCNY this year; the Knights won 9-1 on September 8.
The 10 goals are a season high and mark only the seventh time in school history the Knights have reached double figures in goals in an outing. NJCU has scored 59 times this year, six shy of the school record of 65 set last year.
Sophomore defender NICOLE SARICA (Linden, NJ/Linden) and freshman defender MADELINE BASSETTI (Queensland, Australia/Shalom College, Australia) each had a goal and an assist. Freshmen defenders KATHERINE MORALES (Newark, NJ/East Side) and DELIA CHERNEX (Union City, NJ/Union City) each added single goals. Freshman defender AMANDA SPETHMANN (Wood-Ridge, NJ/Wood-Ridge—Hasbrouck Heights) had an assist.
Caseres moved into second place in single-season school history in points as she upped her Division III-leading goals total to 21 and points mark to 53. Cunha increased her goals total to 14 while Vargo now has 10 assists—one shy of Caseres’ team lead of 11. For Vargo, it was also the 13th time in school history that a player has amassed three assists in one game, and the second time this week; Caseres had three assists in a 4-2 win over FDU-Florham on October 6.
NJCU took a 1-0 lead at 7:55 of the first half as Caseres scored the first goal of a game for the fourth time this year, scoring on a breakaway from the right sideline off a Vargo thru ball. Just 35 seconds later Cunha notched what proved to be the game-winning goal as she beat two defenders in the right corner, drove the baseline, and scored on a sharp angle.
Cunha made it 3-0 just over two and a half minutes later. Amanda Spethmann delivered a thru ball onto the right wing, before Cunha rifled another shot on a sharp angle into the left corner of the goal at 11:08.
Chelsea Spethmann made it 4-0 at 28:43. Vargo slipped a thru ball up the sideline onto the left wing, before the rookie defender lofted a shot into the top corner.
Sarica made it 5-0 at 34:54 with her second goal of the year. Bassetti, who provided her first career point with the assist, aired out a corner kick from the right endline into the goalmouth, which Sarica headed home. NJCU led 5-0 at the intermission, outshooting the Beavers, 25-3.
In the second half, two NJCU defenders became offensive, scoring twice in a span of 2:25. Morales notched her first career goal at 56:14. After a chip into the box was blocked away by the opposing keeper, she pounded the rebound into the left side of the net. Chernez made it 7-0 at 57:39 with her second goal of the year, banging a shot off the keeper.
Chelsea Spethmann collected her second goal of the game and third of the year off Vargo’s third assist of the game at 63:36. Vargo’s cross from the midfield circle created a breakaway for Spethmann on the left side of the box.
Caseres easily scored her 21st goal of the year at 69:29. In the game for defensive purposes, she tracked down the rebound of a cleared blocked shot, slipping an uncontested ball down the middle of the target.
Just 1:27 later, Bassetti scored her first career goal. A Sarica cross from the right set up Bassetti as the Australian blasted a shot from the top of the box into the upper right corner of the goal.
CCNY’s lone goal was scored by freshman forward Frances Tapia (Brooklyn, NY/John Dewey) in the final moments of the game. With 1:12 remaining, she hit the left post, and then slipped in the rebound of her own shot—her seventh goal of the year.
NJCU junior keeper KELLY REILLY (Pennsville, NJ/Pennsville Memorial) made one save in the first half. Freshman keeper CATHERINE HENSLEY (Dripping Springs, TX/Dripping Springs) stopped two second half chances. Senior goalie Kate Malytska (Brooklyn, NY/Edward R. Murrow) made 10 saves in defeat for the Beavers.
NJCU is back in action on Wednesday, October 14 when it hosts William Paterson University in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game at 3:30 p.m. CCNY travels to Medgar Evers College that day at 4 p.m.
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