JERSEY CITY—For the second straight outing, the New Jersey City University men’s soccer team outshot an opponent yet suffered a three-goal setback. The Gothic Knights had a 16-12 advantage in shots, but were only able to score on a penalty kick by sophomore striker WALTER AVANS (Roselle Park, NJ/Union Catholic) and Rutgers University-Camden continued its mastery of the series, prevailing 4-1 in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game on Monday at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field.
With the win, Camden gives fourth-year head coach Tim Oswald his 50th career win (50-24-14) while his team moves to .500 overall (8-8-3) and in the NJAC (3-3-2) with one regular season game remaining. The Raptors have 11 points and stand sixth in the league with a home game against Rowan University on October 28 at 6 p.m. ahead. The game was a make-up of an October 24 postponement.
The loss for NJCU (6-9-2) eliminated the Knights from ECAC Tournament consideration, snapping the program’s nine-year post-season tournament streak, and means the Knights will finish below .500 for the first time since 1999 (9-10-1). The Scarlet Raptors lead the all-time series, 18-8-7 and own a 4-0-3 in the last seven meetings.
Junior midfielder Andrew Filewicz (Deptford, NJ/Northeast Catholic (PA)) scored twice while freshman midfielder C.J. Finley (Burlington, NJ/Burlington Township) and sophomore forward Todd Kleinstuber (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) each added a goal and an assist. Camden also received single assists from junior midfielder Shane McGrory (Laurel Springs, NJ/Sterling) and freshman midfielder Casey Doyle (West Orange, NJ/Seton Hall Prep).
Avans scored the lone goal for NJCU on a penalty kick at 72:17 of the second half. His 15th goal of the year, he is one shy of the NJAC lead in scoring and climbed into a tie for seventh place in single-season school history.
Camden sophomore Tim VanLiew (Deptford, NJ/Deptford) made seven saves, and junior defender Stan Reahm (Deptford, NJ/Deptford) added one team save.
For NJCU, junior JUSTIN GRANT (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) made three stops and the Knights received a team save from freshman defender IBRAHIMA BAYO (Newark, NJ/Weequahic).
NJCU outshot the Raptors in each period, posting eight shots per frame, but Camden was more accurate, with eight of its 12 total shots on goal, scoring on four of its first five shots on target.
Filewicz made it 1-0 at 13:58 of the first half. Finley and McGrory connected on passes on the left side that resulted into a cross onto the right side of the box. Filewicz notched his second goal of the year with a shot off the inside of the left post before an NJCU defender could attempt to kick it away with a slide.
Camden took a 2-0 lead into the half with a tally at 30:28. Kleinstuber’s corner kick into the box was one-timed into the left of the goal by Finley, who netted his fourth goal of the year.
VanLiew protected the lead with several big stops. Sophomore ALEX CERON (Belleville, NJ/Belleville) had a great scoring chance at 9:52 he covered, and VanLiew smothered a shot by senior forward JILMAR PEREZ (Princeton, NJ/South Brunswick) on the far post at 40:12. Avans had a solid chance in the box blocked by the Camden defense at 43:06.
The Raptors increased the lead to 3-0 just 2:03 into the second half when Filewicz wrapped a free kick around the NJCU defensive wall and inside the left post for his third goal of the year.
Grant made a nice stop of a Finley header on the post at 53:38, but Camden would capitalize at exactly 57:00. Doyle would hurl a long throw-in into the box and Kleinstuber scored his third goal of the year with a header.
After Avans got the Knights on the board, NJCU continued to have opportunities but couldn’t finish. A shot by Avans at 76:31 was cleared away from the net by Reahm with a team save. Senior midfielder AWAL AHMED (Elizabeth, NJ/Linden) hit the right post on a breakaway in the box at 79:38 and had a pinpoint header stopped by a well-positioned VanLiew at 83:33.
NJCU’s final game of the 2009 season, originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 28 at 4 p.m., has been rescheduled for Friday, October 30 at 3 p.m. at NJCU’s Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field.
NJCU will host three-time defending NJAC champion and nationally #4/10 ranked Montclair State University (15-0-1, 7-0-0 NJAC). It will be Senior Day as the Knights honor Ahmed, Perez, and four-year defenders JEAN MOMBRUN (Orange, NJ/St. Benedict’s Prep) and MICKAEL PEREIRA (Nutley, NJ/Harrison).
This is the third weather-related postponement NJCU has experienced in men’s soccer in less than two weeks.
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