Lopes’ Hat Trick Leads NJCU Men’s Soccer To Victory

JERSEY CITY — Sophomore midfielder Andrew Lopes (Union) scored his first three goals of the season and New Jersey City University needed each of them to avoid an upset loss to John Jay College. The Bloodhounds scored two goals in under two minutes to tie the game at 4-4 in the 75th minute, before Lopes, who collected his first career multiple-goal game, netted the winner in the 76th minute before completing a hat trick with a late tally as NJCU overcame John Jay, 6-4, in a non-conference men’s soccer game on Sept. 17 at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field.

NJCU improved to 5-2 overall, outshooting the Bloodhounds (1-4-2), 29-13, one year after John Jay defeated NJCU for the first time ever. The Gothic Knights lead the all-time series, 15-1. John Jay had scored just five goals in the previous 15 meetings before tallying four in the wild game; NJCU has an 85-9 goal differential in the series.

NJCU is back on the pitch on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. when it faces Ramapo College in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game in Mahwah. John Jay faces Medgar Evers College that night at 7 p.m. in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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