JERSEY CITY–Junior forwards WALTER AVANS (Roselle Park, NJ/Union Catholic) and JOSH SEWELL (Jersey City, NJ/Ferris) each recorded hat tricks with Avans tacking on an assist on the game’s first goal for a seven-point effort as the New Jersey City University men’s soccer team rebounded from a poor outing on Saturday with a 7-0 non-conference thrashing of Lehman College on Monday at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field. In a game played in a steady rain, NJCU owned a 44-9 advantage in shots.
NJCU snaps a two-game skid, improving to 4-7-0 overall while Lehman falls to 4-7-1. It was the first meeting between the schools in men’s soccer since October 15, 1996 and first in Jersey City since 1995. NJCU leads the all-time series, 8-3-3 (48-19 goals differential), having won the last three meetings.
The game was the first in which two players notched a hat trick for NJCU in six seasons. The feat last occurred on October 17, 2005 against York College when Julia Garcia and Juan Zuniga each scored thrice.
Sophomore midfielder GABRIEL AVANS (Roselle Park, NJ/Union Catholic) scored the first goal of the game and contributed an assist.
Junior midfielder OLUWOLE SEYDOU (Willingboro, NJ/Burlington County Institute of Technology) had two assists while junior midfielder TOM KRYCHKOWSKI (North Arlington, NJ/North Arlington), sophomore forward VARSIAH KAMARA (Newark, NJ/St. Benedict’s Prep) and freshman midfielder JUAN CARLOS LEAL (Clifton, NJ/Clifton) each added one assist.
Junior goalkeeper MANNY LOJO (Clark, NJ/Union Catholic) made three saves in his first start of the season to earn the shutout. Lehman sophomore Marcos Coto-Batres (Mamaroneck, NY/Rye Neck) made 14 saves under heavy pressure.
Sewell scored what is the fastest hat trick on record in NJCU history when he notched the fifth, sixth and seventh goals of the game in span of 7:34 in the second half—59:23, 66:03 and 66:57. The previous mark was 13:29 by Juan Espinoza against John Jay College on September 7, 2005. It is the eighth fastest hat trick on record in NCAA Division III history.
NJCU posted 22 shots in each half and got the only goal it would need 4:50 into the game as Gabriel Avans one-timed a shot home from the middle of the box off a pass on the ground from the right wing from his older brother, Walter Avans, for his fourth goal of the season.
Just 42 seconds later, the brothers exchanged roles as Gabriel Avans slipped a thru ball from the left side to Walter Avans before knocking a shot into the right side of the net. It was the third fastest consecutive goals on record in program history.
NJCU’s 2-0 lead stood until the 41st minute when the Knights scored a highlight-reel caliber goal that earned two assists. Seydou crossed a ball from near the midfield circle onto the right wing where Krychkowski headed the ball onto the left post. There, Walter Avans headed home a shot for a 3-0 lead at 40:43. It was Krychkowski’s first point of the season.
Just 32 seconds before halftime, Walter Avans capped his hat trick—the second of his career—scoring his fourth goal of the season. He settled a goal kick in the middle of the field, drove uncontested to the box and ripped a shot over the leaping, visiting keeper for a 4-0 halftime advantage. It was his 21st career goal, as he moved into a tie for 14th place in school history.
NJCU expanded the lead the lead to 5-0 at 59:23 as Sewell scored the first of his three goals. Seydou earned his second assist of the game and third of the season as he fed a thru ball from the right wing onto the top of the box, leading to the marker.
Sewell made it 6-0 at 66:03. Leal aired out a long pass from the defensive zone that lead to an NJCU breakaway and Sewell sidestepped the opposing keeper in the box to complete the goal.
Just 54 seconds later (66:57), Sewell capped the scoring with his fourth goal of the year. Kamara uncorked a shot that was blocked but the rebound skipped into the goalmouth and a leaping Sewell blasted home the deflected loose ball before it crossed the goal line. The assist was the first for Kamara.
In addition to being the eighth fastest hat trick in Division III history, the final two goals were the third fastest consecutive goals by the same player in school history and the fifth fastest consecutive goals, regardless of who scored, in NJCU’s annals.
NJCU, which finished the game with a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks, will next play a non-conference game on Wednesday, October 6 at 4 p.m. against Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, PA in the first-ever meeting between the schools. Lehman hosts York College (NY) that night at 7 p.m. in a CUNYAC league game.
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