CAMDEN, N.J. (Sept. 18, 2019) – With a strong Rutgers-Camden defensive effort shutting down Immaculata University all night, the only thing left for the Scarlet Raptors to do here Wednesday night was to take advantage of their numerous scoring opportunities.
Rutgers-Camden finally broke that scoring ice in the second half and went on to register a 2-0 victory over the Mighty Macs in a non-conference men’s soccer game.
Sophomore forward Joni Gjyleri assisted on the Raptors’ first goal by junior forward Skyler Diggs, and Gjyleri added a late insurance tally as Rutgers-Camden improved to 6-2.
Immaculata fell to 1-4-1.
Rutgers-Camden finished with a 22-3 advantage in shots, including a 15-1 margin in the second half, but the Scarlet Raptors were held off the scoreboard until the 54th minute, when Gjyleri hit a cross from the left side to the top of the box. Diggs unleashed a hard shot that Immaculata keeper Mikey Kalpokas blocked nearly in self-defense, but the ball popped into the air and carried into the net at 53:32. It was Diggs’ team-leading sixth goal of the season. Half of them have been game-winning tallies.
In addition to its advantage in shots, Rutgers-Camden also held a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Kalpokas finished with five saves for Immaculata. Raptor junior keeper Kieran Burns made two saves, one in each half, to post his second shutout of the season and raised his career record to 8-0. His biggest save came one-on-one in the second half, with the Raptors clinging to a one-goal lead, when he denied Immaculata’s Oldy Dielce near the right post.
Gjyleri tacked on his insurance goal at 86:40. It was his third tally of the season.
The Scarlet Raptors return to action Saturday when they open their New Jersey Athletic Conference schedule by hosting Montclair State University at 1 p.m.