Four Score As NJCU Men’s Soccer Blows Past Brooklyn, 5-0

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JERSEY CITY–New Jersey City University scored on each of its first two shots of the game and four different Gothic Knights netted a goal, led by a pair of markers from junior forward WALTER AVANS (Roselle Park, NJ/Union Catholic)—the 25th and 26th of his career, moving into sixth place in school history—as NJCU outshot Brooklyn College, 37-6, and blew past Brooklyn College, 5-0, in a non-conference game on Wednesday afternoon at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field. The game was called after 75 minutes due to darkness.

NJCU improved to 7-9 on the season and 5-3 at home. Brooklyn, playing its final game of the year (2-12-2) went winless in 13 straight games since opening the season 2-0-1. NJCU leads the all-time series, 3-2.

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Sophomore midfielder GABRIEL AVANS (Roselle Park, NJ/Union Catholic) and sophomore forward NANA KOFI KUSI (Jersey City, NJ/Kumasi Academy (Ghana)) each had a goal and an assist. Rookie defender KEVIN SCRIVANICH (Flanders, NJ/Mount Olive) scored his second goal of the season—both of which have been game-winners. Junior forward ALEX CERON (Belleville, NJ/Belleville) added an assist.

NJCU notched its sixth shutout victory of the season. Junior keeper MANNY LOJO (Clark, NJ/Union Catholic) played the first 45 minutes without needing a save. Rookie keeper ZAKARY AZMI (New Milford, NJ/Emerson) stopped one shot in 30 minutes of second-half action. Brooklyn sophomore Anthony Sideris (Astoria, NY/St. Demetrios) made eight saves for the Bulldogs; BC also had one team save.

Sophomore defender JOSHUA GOCHIZ (Jersey City, NJ/Hudson Catholic), rookie sweeper MOSTAFA IBRAHIM (Cairo, Egypt/Elharam (Cairo, Egypt), and juniors JEFFREY GLASHAN (Neptune, NJ/Neptune) and LIONEL EMABAT (Jersey City, NJ/Dickinson) led a defensive contingent that allowed just one shot on goal. Junior midfielder TAREK YAKOIBI (Jersey City, NJ/Hudson Catholic), sophomore defender IBRAHIMA BAYO (Newark, NJ/Weequahic) and junior defender HOSNEL VIL (Newark, NJ/Ferris) all played considerable reserve minutes in the back.

Walter Avans had more shots individually (seven) than the entire opposing team, and put four on target. Rookie midfielder ERICK ZUNIGA (Harrison, NJ/Harrison) had six shots (three on goal) and hit the crossbar twice. Gabriel Avans compiled five shots. In all, nine NJCU players had multiple shots.

After BC had the first two shots of the game, NJCU followed with 22 of the next 23 and owned a comfortable 4-0 margin at the half.

Two goals in a span of 59 seconds in the first 6:17 of the game was all NJCU needed. At 5:18, Ceron tallied his fourth assist of the season when he slipped a thru ball up the middle of the field, sending Scrivanich all alone to the box against the opposing keeper, before he tucked a shot into the left of the net for a 1-0 margin.

At 6:17, the lead grew to 2-0 as Gabriel Avans picked up his second assist of the year, sending a pass into the box where Kofi Kusi had an easy touch into the left of the target for his seventh goal of the year.

At 15:35, Kofi Kusi earned his fourth assist of the campaign, feeding a pass from the left to Gabriel Avans, who rifled home a shot off a defender and into the left of the goal—his fifth goal of the year.

Walter Avans took a throw in from the right side, dribbled to the box and from 10 yards out unleashed a wicked shot inside the near post for an unassisted marker at 25:23—his eighth goal of the year.

Avans moved in sixth place in the 52-year history of the program in total goals with just 1:12 remaining in the second half before the officials called the game. At 73:48, he went to the box on a 2-on-1 breakaway with Yakoubi on his left, and buried a one-timer on the right side of the box.

His ninth goal of the season and 26th of his three-year career moved him past three accomplished players on NJCU’s all-time list: Hall-of-Famer John Downey (1959-61), two-time New Jersey Athletic Conference Midfielder of the Year Edison Bilbao (2005-08) and Marcelo Carpio (2005-07)—all of whom had 25 career goals.

Brooklyn had a pair of legitimate scoring chances late in the second half. At 67:36, freshman forward Pajtim Gjonbalaj (Brooklyn, NY/Franklin D. Roosevelt), who had three of the Bulldogs’ six shots, missed a breakaway shot left after a steal. His tough chance at 72:44 was stopped by Azmi, who tipped the shot over the crossbar.

NJCU plays its final road game of the season on Saturday, October 23 at 1 p.m. when it visits The College of New Jersey in a road NJAC game.


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