UNION, N.J. (Sept. 28, 2019) – With a three-game winning streak, including back-to-back victories over nationally-ranked teams, the Rutgers University-Camden men’s soccer team was looking to extend its good fortunes here Saturday afternoon in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game.
The Raptors extended their unbeaten string, but saw their winning streak snapped as they played to a 2-2 double-overtime tie against Kean University.
Rutgers-Camden stands at 8-2-1 overall and 1-0-1 in NJAC play, while Kean is 5-4-1 and 0-1-1.
Sophomore forward Joni Gjyleri scored both Rutgers-Camden goals, giving the Scarlet Raptors a one-goal lead each time. Kean came back to tie on both occasions and the Cougars outshot the Raptors, 8-3, in the two overtime periods before settling for the tie.
Gjyleri struck for an unassisted goal only 3:03 into the contest, giving the Raptors the lead throughout most of the first half. With only 47 seconds left before halftime, however, Kean’s Felipe Lucas sprung Max Acosta on the right side, who beat Raptor junior keeper Kieran Burns one-on-one and hit a shot that deflected off the crossbar and into the net.
The teams remained tied for most of the second half until Gjyleri struck again with 12:24 remaining in regulation, scoring off a corner kick by freshman Enrique Sanchez. The two goals gave Gjyleri five for the season, while the assist was the second for Sanchez.
Kean tied the game almost immediately, scoring with 11:51 remaining on a shot by Lucas from just beyond the box.
The Cougars held a 21-9 advantage in shots and an 8-3 edge in corner kicks in the game. Burns made five saves for the Scarlet Raptors, while Dillon Konzelmann had two for the Cougars.
Rutgers-Camden returns to action with another NJAC game Wednesday. The Scarlet Raptors play a 6:30 p.m. game in Ewing against The College of New Jersey.
CAMDEN, N.J. (Sept. 28, 2019) – A career first, a program record-tying accomplishment and a fine comeback sparked the Rutgers University-Camden women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory here Saturday in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game against Kean University.
The Scarlet Raptors, who fell into a 1-0 hole only 4:13 into the game, rallied back on first-half goals by freshman midfielder Lauren Bone and junior forward Meghan Wachira as they won their second straight game.
Rutgers-Camden improves to 2-6 overall and evens its NJAC record at 1-1. Kean falls to 3-6 overall and 0-2 in NJAC play.
The victory was the third straight for the Raptors against Kean, but the Cougars hold a 14-5-3 lead in the all-time series.
Kean jumped on the board quickly when senior defender Deana Abdou sent a long restart to the left post early in the game. Midfielder Carley Garlasco, who had just entered the game to sub for an injured player, finished the play from close range, scoring her second goal of the season at 4:13.
Rutgers-Camden didn’t take long to tie the game. Bone hit a 25-yard shot off the far left post and into the net for her first career goal, tying the contest at 6:54.
The Scarlet Raptors nearly took the lead four minutes later, but a long-range, high shot by freshman midfielder Maggie Horn was deflected off the crossbar on a stellar, leaping save by Kean goalie Marissa Cook. Rutgers-Camden, however, found the net soon afterward when senior midfielder Sarah Zuzulock threaded a ball into the box for Wachira, who beat Cook to the ball and scored her first goal of the season at 19:06. It proved to be the game-winning tally, allowing Wachira to tie the all-time program record of 13 game-winning goals, set by Heather Greenwald from 2001-04.
Both teams finished with seven shots, with the Raptors putting five of them on goal and the Cougars placing four on target. Cook and Raptor sophomore goalie Natalie Eberhardt both finished with three saves.
Rutgers-Camden had the only three corner kicks in the game.
The Scarlet Raptors return to NJAC action Wednesday when they host one of the nation’s top teams, The College of New Jersey, at 7 p.m. The Lions are currently ranked No. 7 in the United Soccer Coaches Div. III Top 25 poll and No. 5 in the D3soccer.com Top 25 poll.