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Colleges: Big comeback leads Raptors past Cabrini in men's soccer

09/12/2019, 10:00am EDT
By Mike Ballard, Rutgers Camden Sports Information

CAMDEN, N.J. (Sept. 11, 2019) – The Rutgers University-Camden men's soccer team was swarming around the Cabrini University goal most of the night here Wednesday, but when the Cavaliers scored early in the second half, the Scarlet Raptors found themselves down by two goals.
 
The Scarlet Raptors' pressure finally paid off, however, and Rutgers-Camden scored the final four goals to rally past Cabrini, 5-3, in a non-conference game.
 
The victory lifts the Scarlet Raptors to 5-1, their best six-game start since 2013, when the team went 6-0 on the way to the NCAA finals. The comeback helped to preserve the Raptors' climb back into the national picture: on Tuesday they received 40 points toward the "Also Receiving Votes" section of the D3soccer.com Top 25 poll, marking their first appearance in that poll since Oct. 23, 2018. It also was their highest ranking since being ranked No. 18 nationally in the D3soccer.com poll on Oct. 6, 2018.
 
Cabrini falls to 2-3.
 
The Cavaliers took only 3:10 to score their first goal, with Thomas Butz lofting a long restart toward the left post, where it was finished by Ray Wilson.
 
Rutgers-Camden, which held a staggering 17-3 advantage in shots in the opening half, tied the game at 11:29 when sophomore back Michael Funaro hit a perfect cross from the left side to the top of the box, where it was finished by senior midfielder Walter Barreto. Shortly after the Raptors' celebration died down, the Cavaliers struck for a goal similar to their first one, with Butz sending a feed toward the left post following a foul. It was finished by Josh Cunningham at the 13:10 mark.
 
Only 2:20 into the second half, the Cavaliers padded their lead to 3-1, with Justin Barbuto assisting on a header by Vincent DeLisi.
 
Rutgers-Camden cut the deficit to one goal in the 54th minute, when senior forward Cristian Ognibene carried the ball up the right wing and sent a pass into the box for junior forward Skyler Diggs. Diggs finished his fifth goal of the season with a shot into the opposite panel.
 
The Scarlet Raptors tied the game at 56:57 when sophomore forward Joni Gjyleri sent a through ball into the box that was finished by sophomore midfielder Kaito Kitazawa. They took the lead at 81:23 after a corner kick was cleared out of the box and popped out to Barreto on the left side. He drilled a shot into the right of the net for his second goal of the day and his first game winner of the season.
 
An apparent tying goal by Cabrini with 26 seconds remaining was disallowed by an offside call and the Raptors scored one last goal while just trying to kill the clock. Senior co-captain Chris Taraska put a long shot toward the opposite left post that sailed over the head of Cabrini goalie Anthony Zampirri and into the net with four seconds remaining.
 
Rutgers-Camden finished with a 24-6 advantage in shots and a 5-0 margin in corner kicks. Zampirri made six saves, while Raptor senior Kyler White notched the win with two saves.
 
Rutgers-Camden returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Misericordia University at 2 p.m.

 

CAMDEN, N.J. (Sept. 11, 2019) – The Rutgers University-Camden men's soccer team was swarming around the Cabrini University goal most of the night here Wednesday, but when the Cavaliers scored early in the second half, the Scarlet Raptors found themselves down by two goals.
 
The Scarlet Raptors' pressure finally paid off, however, and Rutgers-Camden scored the final four goals to rally past Cabrini, 5-3, in a non-conference game.
 
The victory lifts the Scarlet Raptors to 5-1, their best six-game start since 2013, when the team went 6-0 on the way to the NCAA finals. The comeback helped to preserve the Raptors' climb back into the national picture: on Tuesday they received 40 points toward the "Also Receiving Votes" section of the D3soccer.com Top 25 poll, marking their first appearance in that poll since Oct. 23, 2018. It also was their highest ranking since being ranked No. 18 nationally in the D3soccer.com poll on Oct. 6, 2018.
 
Cabrini falls to 2-3.
 
The Cavaliers took only 3:10 to score their first goal, with Thomas Butz lofting a long restart toward the left post, where it was finished by Ray Wilson.
 
Rutgers-Camden, which held a staggering 17-3 advantage in shots in the opening half, tied the game at 11:29 when sophomore back Michael Funaro hit a perfect cross from the left side to the top of the box, where it was finished by senior midfielder Walter Barreto. Shortly after the Raptors' celebration died down, the Cavaliers struck for a goal similar to their first one, with Butz sending a feed toward the left post following a foul. It was finished by Josh Cunningham at the 13:10 mark.
 
Only 2:20 into the second half, the Cavaliers padded their lead to 3-1, with Justin Barbuto assisting on a header by Vincent DeLisi.
 
Rutgers-Camden cut the deficit to one goal in the 54th minute, when senior forward Cristian Ognibene carried the ball up the right wing and sent a pass into the box for junior forward Skyler Diggs. Diggs finished his fifth goal of the season with a shot into the opposite panel.
 
The Scarlet Raptors tied the game at 56:57 when sophomore forward Joni Gjyleri sent a through ball into the box that was finished by sophomore midfielder Kaito Kitazawa. They took the lead at 81:23 after a corner kick was cleared out of the box and popped out to Barreto on the left side. He drilled a shot into the right of the net for his second goal of the day and his first game winner of the season.
 
An apparent tying goal by Cabrini with 26 seconds remaining was disallowed by an offside call and the Raptors scored one last goal while just trying to kill the clock. Senior co-captain Chris Taraska put a long shot toward the opposite left post that sailed over the head of Cabrini goalie Anthony Zampirri and into the net with four seconds remaining.
 
Rutgers-Camden finished with a 24-6 advantage in shots and a 5-0 margin in corner kicks. Zampirri made six saves, while Raptor senior Kyler White notched the win with two saves.
 
Rutgers-Camden returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Misericordia University at 2 p.m.

 

 

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