Avans Celebrates Senior Day With Hat Trick

JERSEY CITY — Senior forward Walter Avans (Roselle Park /Union Catholic) moved into second place in school history in total goals and third in career points by netting the 36th, 37th and 38th goals of his career to give the Gothic Knights a 3-0 lead and New Jersey City University won its first New Jersey Athletic Conference men’s soccer game of the season with a 5-1 rout of The College of New Jersey at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field. NJCU scored four times in the second half to build up a 1-0 halftime lead.

Avans notched his ninth career multiple-goal, fifth career hat trick, and second three-plus goal game this season. In the last three meetings with TCNJ, Avans has bagged five goals and 11 points. He now has 11 goals and 27 points on the season.

With the six-point, three-goal effort, Avans eclipsed Hall-of-Famer Ken Holzschuh for second place on the all-time goals list with 38; Holzschuh had 37 goals from 1968-71. Avans also passed Adrian Ruiz (31 goals, 24 assists, 86 points, 2001-04) for third place on the all-time points chart.

Junior center midfielder Gabriel Avans (Roselle Park/Union Catholic) and junior defender Eduardo Tejada (North Arlington) each struck for single goals. Gabriel Avans, who netted his third goal of the season, also contributed his second assist; the marker was the first for Tejada since November 15, 2008.

Prior to the game, NJCU honored its six-man senior class of 2011—Walter Avans, forward Alex Ceron (Belleville), Lionel Emabat (Jersey City/Dickinson), Henry Guadalupe (Prospect Park/Manchester Regional), Tom Krychkowski (North Arlington) and goalkeeper Manny Lojo (Clark/Union Catholic).

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