Second Half Lifts Kean Men’s Soccer Past NJCU, 2-0

UNION – The Kean University men’s soccer team scored a pair of second half goals to defeat New Jersey City University, 2-0, in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Wednesday evening.

For the fourth straight game, sophomore Tiago Goetzke netted the game-winner for the Cougars (6-2-1, 3-0 NJAC).


The Cougars held a 15-10 advantage in shots, including a 10-6 edge in the second half over the Gothic Knights (3-6, 1-3 NJAC).

After a period and a half of scoreless soccer, sophomore Abner Denis fired a shot from just outside the box that was blocked by a NJCU defender, however Goetzke picked up the loose ball on the right side and fired the shot just inside the right post for the game-winner with 22:25 remaining in the game.

With less than 12 minutes remaining in the game, NJCU goalkeeper Zakary Azmi made the initial save off of a shot by Goetzke but was unable to handle the ball and Denis controlled it behind Azmi for the insurance goal.

Azmi and Manny Lojo each made one save for the Gothic Knights, while senior goalkeeper Alfredo Oquendo stopped three shots in the shutout victory.

The Cougars return to action on Saturday, October 2, when they travel to Ramapo College for a conference game at 1 p.m.

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