NJCU Men Finish Strong, But Fall Short In Playoff Bid

CAMDEN — The late-season surge by the New Jersey City University men’s soccer team came one win short on Wednesday. Still, the final result is an impressive one. With their playoff lives on the line, the Gothic Knights gave #10/16 ranked Rutgers University-Camden, the regular season New Jersey Athletic Conference champions, all it could handle over 110 minutes of action before the two sides settled for a 0-0 tie in double overtime in the final regular season game of the 2011 season on Wednesday night at Rutgers-Camden Community Park.

NJCU’s 2011 season ends with a 6-10-2 record and 2-5-1 in the NJAC as the Knights went 3-0-1 in the final 10 days of the season. However, the Knights were eliminated from the NJAC Tournament race as Rutgers-Camden improved to 14-2-2 and 6-0-2 in the league.

NJCU needed a win over the Scarlet Raptors and a Rutgers-Newark win at Richard Stockton College to gain the sixth and final seed in the conference tournament; the Ospreys edged Newark, 2-1 on Wednesday night. NJCU, which was predicted to finish in 10th place in the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll, ended seventh in the league with seven points.

Camden was ranked No. 10 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and #16 by D3soccer.com. It was NJCU’s best result against a ranked team since a 2-1 overtime upset of #3/4 Montclair State University on October 30, 2009.

NJCU junior Gabriel Avans (Roselle Park /Union Catholic) had a team-high four shots for the Gothic Knights, with three on goal.

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