Men’s football cruises to 4-0 win at Medgar Evers

BROOKLYN – The New Jersey City University men’s soccer team continued their dominant non-conference run with another victory, this time by a 4-0 scoreline over Medgar Evers College on Friday night, Sept. 9 at Kingsborough Community College Athletic Fields . A total of 32 Gothic Knights saw the pitch in victory, with none playing less than 13 minutes.

Jersey City (4-0) put pressure on the Cougars (0-3) early and, despite not having a shot on goal, was called for three offsides in the first seven minutes , followed by a shot that hit the crossbar in the ninth. Finally, Medgar Evers was called for a yellow inside his own box, setting up junior Maximo Vargas (Montevideo, Uruguay/The British Schools) for a penalty. The striker was successful and scored his first goal of the season in the 13th to make it 1-0.

After peppering the Cougars keeper with three more shots on target over the next eight minutes, the Gothic Knights struck again to make it 2-0 as Vargas notched his first brace of the season and fifth of his career at the 22nd, with a second Danny Tobon (Clifton, NJ/Clifton) support registration.

However, the NJCU didn’t allow the home team to catch their breath and just 24 seconds later the visitors struck as rookies again. Jacobo Espinosa (South Hackensack, NJ/Union City) – with second-year help Jason Suarez (Clifton, NJ/Clifton) – beat the goaltender still in the 22nd for his team-leading fourth goal of the season to make it 3-0. He now has a team-best eight points and leads the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) in goals and points.

The Gothic Knights attempted three more shots on target and were twice called offside in the remaining 23 minutes of the first half, but to no avail, and took their three-goal lead at the break. First year guard Khalid Kwaik (Montville, NJ/Montville Township) started the second half in the net for NJCU and recorded his first career save in the 53rd. Senior Nick Linebaugh (Linden, NJ/St. Benedict’s Prep) recorded the victory after starting and playing the majority of the first half, while the first year Isaac Atehortua (South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) made his collegiate debut in the second half and made his first career save in the 75th.

The team made six more attempts on target throughout the half until the middle of the 78th minute. Substitute for the first action of his collegiate career in the 77th, freshman Nate Russell (Bloomfield, NJ/Bloomfield) immediately took advantage and — following a fine pass from junior Gabe Cruz (Colonia, NJ/Colonia) for the assist – he scored his first career goal on his first career shot to make it 4-0. It was the last scoring opportunity for both teams as the game drew to a close with NJCU in the lead.

Jersey City takes the weekend before returning to action in Yonkers, NY on Monday night, September 12, against Sarah Lawrence College for a 5:00 p.m. kickoff. The teams met previously last fall and the Gothic Knights won 2-0 at home.

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