Fallas’ tally in 65th not enough as men’s football falls 2-1 at TCNJ

EWING, NJ – The University of New Jersey City men’s soccer team, vying for a spot in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) standings as the season draws to a close, lost a close game on the road this evening, Saturday, October 22, by a score of 2-1 at the College of New Jersey.

Jersey City (8-4-1, 3-4-1 NJAC) and the Lions (7-9-1, 1-2 NJAC) traded one shot on goal each in the first 14 minutes before TCNJ hit the first at the start of the 17 to bring the score to 1-0 following a cross in front of the net. junior Sergio Tarrida (Palma de Mallorca, Spain/King Richard III College) and captain Jorkaef Fallas (North Bergen, NJ/Hudson Catholic) attempted to equalize the 22nd and 26th, respectively, but both were turned away by the Lions keeper.

TCNJ’s third shot on goal of the day was once again successful, making it 2-0 in the 40th minute. First-year student Juan Vizcaino (Clifton, NJ/Clifton) attempted a shot on target late in the 43rd, followed by senior Chris Castillo (North Bergen, NJ/High Tech) early in the 45th, but both were arrested.

NJCU’s lone shot in the second half made it a one-goal game in the 65th as Vizcaino sent a header through the center of the goal and Fallas put his left foot on it to put the ball on goal, which made it 2-1. TCNJ also only fired a single shot on goal in the second a few minutes later in the 70th, but was turned away.

The Gothic Knights had a blocked shot in the 70th and then a corner kick opportunity in the 71st, but those were the last two pushes of the night for Jersey City in a one-goal loss.

The Green and Gold are scheduled to wrap up their regular season at home at the Thomas M. Gerrity Athletic Complex on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 26, in Jersey City, NJ, for their most heated rivalry game on the NJAC slate. Rutgers-Newark come to the west side for a 3:00 p.m. kickoff at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Football Field on what will also be senior day.

Helen J. Jimenez