JERSEY CITY — The New Jersey City University women’s soccer team is heading to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Semifinals for the second time in its history, and its two most accomplished players of all-time achieved significant history in the process.
Senior striker Julia Caseres (Union) had two goals and one assist, including the 100th goal of her career, while senior striker Jennifer Albuja (Union City /Hoboken) netted a first-half hat trick to reach 200 career points and the ‘A-C Connection’ became the all-time leading scoring combination in NCAA Division III history with 443 combined points as NJCU routed the College of Staten Island, 6-0, in an ECAC Division III Metro Quarterfinal game played on Wednesday at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field.
“It is an amazing achievement to be able to score 100 goals and not many people have achieved this milestone in their career,” said Caseres about the career milestone. “I would not have been able to do this without my amazing teammates. Their hard work helped me achieve this and I am glad to have been able to accomplish this milestone with this group of girls. They are one of a kind and made my senior year memorable.”
NJCU advances to the ECAC semifinals where it will play top-seeded New York University (12-6-0) on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. at Gaelic Park on the campus of Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y.
Albuja scored the first, second and third goals of the game for her third hat trick of the season and 13th of her career and added one assist for a seven-point game. She became the first player to score 200 career points only at NJCU, notching her 22nd, 23rd and 24th goals of the season and 88th, 89th and 90th of her career. She now has 201 career points becoming the 33rd player in Division III history with 200 career points and 25th to score at least 90 goals.
Caseres scored the fourth and fifth goals of the game—her 21st and 22nd of the season and 99th and 100th of her career—and assisted on the game winner, to become the 16th player in Division III history to reach the century mark. She moved into a share of 12th place in Division III history with 242 career points (100 goals, 42 assists) in a four-year career at NJCU (2009-11) and Rutgers-Newark (2008).
Albuja and Caseres entered the game with 431 career points—second in Division III history. The tandem combined for 12 points in the win—five goals and two assists—and become the all-time leading goal-scoring combination in the history of NCAA Division III soccer with 443 points and 190 goals. The previous record of 432 points (165 goals, 102 assists) had been set by Jennifer Russell and Karen Carney of Kalamazoo College from 1989-1993.
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