JERSEY CITY — Senior striker Jennifer Albuja (Union City /Hoboken) scored with 2:48 remaining in double overtime off an assist from senior striker Julia Caseres (Union) as New Jersey City University defeated William Paterson University, 3-2 at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field on Saturday.
NJCU improved to 7-0-0—the best start to a season in program history, despite being outshot by WPU, 23-12, including 17-7 in the final three periods. NJCU is 14-1-1 in its last 16 home games since 2009 and 21-3-1 in Jersey City over the last three seasons.
Albuja moved into second place in the history of the NJAC in scoring with 165 points (76 goals, 13 points) in 66 games, passing former Kean University standout Noelle Meeke with 164 points (69 goals, 26 assists, 1995-97).
“You have Jennifer Albuja and Julia Caseres, the two most prolific goal scorers I have ever coached,” said sixth-year head coach Robert Bielan. “To have them on the same team, syncing up together, playing off each other, is amazing. Jennifer hasn’t been using her left foot as much as I wanted her to and it’s something we’ve worked on in training in practice. It’s clear she got her comfort level back, because the winner was a decisively strong play. We know she’s ready for rest of the season. It was a very proud moment for us and for me personally because I know the kind of player she is. She’s a pressure player.”
NJCU is now home to the top two scorers ever in NJAC women’s soccer history as Albuja and Caseres have combined for 376 points in their careers. Caseres’ two assists gives her 211 career points (86 goals, 39 assists) in 71 games—one behind current U.S. Women’s National Team captain Christie Pearce Rampone, who had 212 points in 80 games for Division I Monmouth University from 1993-96—on the all-time scoring charts among men’s or women’s collegiate Division I, II or III players in the history of New Jersey soccer.
Sophomore center midfielder Brianna Taylor (Linden) scored her fourth goal of the season in the fifth minute to give NJCU a 1-0 lead that would stand up until the 63rd minute of the second half. Junior midfielder Amanda Spethmann (Wood-Ridge/Hasbrouck Heights—Wood-Ridge) added her fourth assist of the season for NJCU and rookie midfielder Amanda Filippone (Kenilworth/David Brearley) was credited with her first career assist and first point. Both assists came off throw-ins.
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