JERSEY CITY – Senior striker Jennifer Albuja (Union City/Hoboken) scored her 21st goal and 50th points of the season and 87th goal of her career while senior striker Julia Caseres (Union) netted her 97th career goal as New Jersey City University clinched the No. 5 seed in the upcoming New Jersey Athletic Conference women’s soccer tournament with a 2-1 victory over Rutgers University-Camden in the regular season finale for both schools on Wednesday at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field.
NJCU snapped a three-game losing streak and wins its 13th game of the season (13-6) while finishing the year with a .500 conference record (4-4)—it’s best league record in program history. NJCU qualified for the NJAC Tournament for the second consecutive season and for the second year in a row will face fourth-seeded Richard Stockton College in Pomona in the NJAC Quarterfinals on Saturday, Oct. 29 (time to be announced). Rutgers-Camden’s season ends with the loss at 2-11-2.
Prior to the game, NJCU honored its distinguished senior class that included Albuja, Caseres, midfielder Margie Alfano (Randolph/West Orange) and three-year captains and defenders Erica Buonacquista (Aberdeen/Bayonne) and Nicole Sarica (Linden, NJ/Linden). NJCU has posted a 49-32-1 record and won 11 NJAC games in the last four seasons.
While Caseres and Albuja combined for the 183rd and 184th goals of their careers—and all-time Division III record—the ‘A-C Connection’ now has a combined 427 points. That total is third in Division III history and just five points shy of the all-time record of 432 by a pair of Kalamazoo College players from 1989-93.
Caseres, who scored her school record 18th career game-winning goal and 19th goal of the season, moved into a tie for 15th place in Division III history with 235 points and a tie for 19th in career goals with 97. It was her 83rd career game.
Freshman Amanda Filippone (Kenilworth/David Brearley) tallied her fourth assist of the season in the 15th minute before sophomore center midfielder Brianna Taylor (Linden) notched her ninth assist of the year.
Freshman goalkeeper Brittany Hoffman (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) made two saves and tied the single-season school record with her 13th win in goal.
Camden’s goal was scored by sophomore defender Bec Garretson (Atco/Hammonton)—her first points of the season.
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