MAHWAH–Sophomore forward NANA KOFI KUSI (Jersey City, NJ/Kumasi Academy (Ghana)) scored his second goal of the season in the 70th minute and New Jersey City University outshot Ramapo College, 23-18, but the Roadrunners scored three times in the first half and defeated the Gothic Knights, 4-1, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game on Wednesday afternoon at the RCNJ Athletic Center (turf field).
With the win, Ramapo improves to 6-2 (1-1 NJAC) and evens the all-time series against NJCU (2-5, 0-2 NJAC) at 17-17-5. NJCU is still 8-3-1 against Ramapo since 2000.
After a 2-0 start to the year, the loss was NJCU’s fifth straight against schools with current combined records of 25-9-3.
Kofi Kusi scored NJCU’s only goal at exactly 70:00 of the second half as freshman midfielder PAUL ASCENCIO (Jersey City, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep) slipped a pass that was ripped home on the far post.
For Ramapo, sophomore forward Rob Santaniello (Oakland, NJ/Ramapo) scored two unassisted goals, giving him 12 on the season. The program record is 19, set by current NJCU head coach NANSHA KALONJI in 1997.
Junior midfielder Jonathan Yazo (Cliffside Park, NJ/Cliffside Park) and junior midfielder Frank Vogas (Clifton, NJ/Clifton) added the other goals. Vogas finished with a goal and an assist. Freshman forward Bryan Aguilar (Harrison, NJ/Harrison) had one assist.
Ramapo senior keeper Brad Stockton (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East) withstood the NJCU shot barrage, finishing with eight saves. NJCU junior MIGUEL PEREZ (Jersey City, NJ/Dickinson) made six saves.
Ramapo put the game away with three goals in a span of 5:52 midway through the first half. Santaniello gave Ramapo a 1-0 lead at 16:42 when he scored on a free kick from 22 yards out at 16:42. Yazo scored his first collegiate goal off a feed from Vogas at 20:23 before Vogas netted his second goal of the season at 22:34 as Aguilar beat a defender and slipped a pass to him, unmarked in the box. Santaniello made it 4-0 at 66:57 of the second half when he scored on a breakaway.
NJCU outshot Ramapo in each half—10-9 in the first half when the Knights trailed 3-0 at the intermission—and 13-9 in the second period.
NJCU returns to action on Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m. when it hosts Rowan University in an NJAC game at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field.
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