HILLSIDE – The Kean University men’s soccer team opened the 2010 campaign with a 5-2 win over visiting John Jay College at the East Campus Soccer Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Sophomore Abner Denis had a goal and two assists, as the Cougars (1-0) scored four straight goals spanning the first and second-halves to pull away in the season-opening victory.
For John Jay (0-1), rookie Edward Gonzalez and senior Steven Castillo each netted a goal.
The Cougars opened scoring less than a minute into the game, as Denis (pictured right) sent a cross in front of the goal to the right side off of a free kick that sophomore Stephen Moll knocked in for the first goal just 59 seconds into the season.
After John Jay tied the game in the 18th minute on a goal by Gonzalez, the Cougars took the lead for good less than three minutes later when junior Joe Brisindi knocked in the rebound off of the direct kick from sophomore Kharee Winslow.
In the second half, Kean quickly scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of the half to extend the lead to 4-1. Sophomore Tiago Goetzke opened the second half scoring off the assist from sophomore Anthony Crouchelli, before senior Kyle Venerable had a diving header off the cross from Denis in the 53rd minute.
Denis closed out the Cougar scoring 10 minutes later with the unassisted goal through the John Jay defense, before the Bloodhounds scored one final time on the goal from Castillo with less than 20 minutes left in the game.
In goal, Kean senior Alfredo Oquendo had one save, while Bloodhound keeper Kemar Brown finished with two saves.
The Cougars travel to Keene State College on Saturday, Sept. 4, when they face the host Owls the first day of the 2010 Xara Soccer Classic.
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