JERSEY CITY–The New Jersey City University women’s soccer team scored eight goals on the first 14 shots of the game, including two in 22 seconds as junior forward JULIA CASERES (Union, NJ/Union) tallied eight points on three goals and two assists and junior forward JENNIFER ALBUJA (Union City, NJ/Hoboken) added two goals and an assist as the Gothic Knights cruised past the College of Mount Saint Vincent, 9-2, in the 2010 home opener for NJCU on Tuesday at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field. Albuja became the sixth player in New Jersey Athletic Conference history to score 60 times in a career.
Caseres vaulted over three players into fifth place in NJAC history with 140 career points while netting her seventh hat trick in her 25-game NJCU career. She registered her eighth career game with five or more points and fourth game of eight or more points since joining the roster for the 2009 season. She leads the club with six goals and 15 points while Albuja has four goals and 10 points through three games.
NJCU, which was 8-2 at home last season, improves to 2-1 on the year while meeting Mount Saint Vincent (0-2) for the first time in nearly 11 years.
Sophomore midfielders CHELSEA SPETHMANN (Wood-Ridge, NJ/Hasbrouck Heights-Wood Ridge) and ASHLEY CUNHA (Edison, NJ/Edison) each scored their first goals of the season and added an assist. Freshman forward ALEXIS FREES (Linden, NJ/Linden) and junior defender MARGIE ALFANO (Randolph, NJ/West Orange) added their first goals as members of the Gothic Knight squad while freshman midfielder MARIA SUAREZ (Cliffside Park, NJ/Cliffside Park) and sophomore defender DELIA CHERNEZ (Union City, NJ/Union City) contributed an assist.
Junior keeper LAURA ROBINSON (Edison, NJ/Edison) played the first 45 minutes and made one save, allowing a single goal when CMSV had an 11-vs.-8 advantage. Rookie keeper NICOLE HERNANDEZ (Belleville, NJ/Belleville) made five second half saves while seeing the first 45 minutes of action of her career. She also allowed one non-even strength goal.
NJCU led 8-1 at the half on a 14-2 shot advantage, and once gaining a sizable advantage finished the half playing eight versus 11. The Knights only attempted three header shots while playing possession soccer in the second half.
Albuja gave NJCU a 1-0 lead at 6:04 of the first half. A pass by Cunha was deflected by the Dolphin defense and Albuja ran onto the loose ball before finishing her 59th career marker. Just 22 seconds later, Albuja lofted a cross from the far right wing to the left endline where Cunha headed it into the box. There, Caseres headed a shot over visiting junior keeper Kara McNish (Hawthorne, NJ/Hawthorne) who finished with three saves.
At 17:12 Caseres scored on a chip from the far left wing off a feed from Spethmann. Two and a half minutes later, Albuja scored her 60th career goal on an incredible run in just her 40th career game. After a corner kick by CMSV was cleared by the NJCU defense, Albuja settled the ball at midfield, turned, and sprinted half the length of the field on a breakaway that she finished at 19:43.
Spethmann scored 57 seconds later as Caseres dribbled to the right endline and centered a pass that was finished with a one-timer in the box. NJCU claimed a 6-0 lead at 23:47 as Suarez slipped a thru ball onto the left wing to Caseres, before she completed her first hat trick of the year.
At 27:46, Frees, a multiple-sport rookie athlete for the Knights, tallied her first collegiate points, one-timing a shot into the left of the net off a chip from Chernez. Just 90 seconds later, Alfano scored a beautiful goal, dribbling past several defenders into the left side of the box before tucking the ball across the box into the empty right corner, for an 8-0 advantage.
In an 11-on-8 advantage, CMSV got on the board and scored on its first shot of the game at 38:58 as freshman midfielder Quetzaili Ramirez (Bayside, NY/St. Mary’s) dribbled into the box before with a shooting to the right.
The Dolphins had an 11-on-10 advantage throughout the second half and sophomore forward Brittany Kehoe (Stony Point, NY/Albertus Magnus) tallied the visitor’s second goal at 62:14 on a giveaway that led to a breakaway in the box.
NJCU capped the offensive outburst on its first shot attempt of the second half as Caseres lofted a cross from the left sideline over the Dolphin defense and Cunha headed home the pass.
NJCU will host its first ever home women’s soccer tournament, The Liberty Cup, on September 10 and 11. The event, which includes Ramapo College, Mount Saint Mary College (NY) and SUNY Old Westbury, sees NJCU meets MSMC at 5 p.m. on the opening day. CMSV hosts the College of Staten Island in its next game on September 11 at 1 p.m.
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