Men’s soccer continues stellar run at NJAC, drops Stockton 2-0

JERSEY CITY, NJ – The University of New Jersey City’s stellar 2022 men’s football season continued today, Saturday, October 15, as the Gothic Kights defeated Stockton University by a score of 2-0 over Robert L McNulty Field at the Thomas M. Gerrity Athletic Complex. Main caretaker Nick Linebaugh (Linden, NJ/St. Benedict’s Prep) stood on his head, making a number of outstanding saves to lead his team to another conference victory.

The Verts et Or victory (8-2-1, 3-2-1 NJAC) is their first against Stockton (10-4-1, 2-3-1 NJAC) since 2012 and the team now has its biggest conference wins since 2008 when the Gothic Knights finished 4-3-1. The Ospreys controlled offensive opportunities throughout, but it was Jersey City who struck first in the 36th.

Junior midfielder Thiago Duarte (Newark, NJ/Newark East Side) started the chance with a corner kick. He sent him on goal and in the second year Jerson Lanchipa (Paterson, NJ/John F. Kennedy) took two attempts, his first being saved but his second beating the keeper to make it 1-0. It was one of only two attempts on target for Jersey City in the first half, but Linebaugh stopped all six shots from Stockton in the first half to keep it scoreless.

The second half got off to a quick start with Stockton hitting a shot 37 seconds later, but Linebaugh held on well in front of the net. A few yellows later and it was the Ospreys who tried to tie him up. However, the goal was actually ruled out due to offside. Minutes later, NJCU extended their lead to 2-0 in the 62nd. second striker Danny Tobon (Clifton, NJ/Clifton) had the ball on the goal line and sent it in front of the net where the junior striker Gabe Cruz (Colonia, NJ/Colonia) put away his first tally of the year.

Linebaugh made two more saves minutes later to keep the Gothic Knights 2-0. Senior Striker Ryan Evande (Hackensack, NJ/Hackensack) nearly made it 3-0 with back-to-back shot attempts in the 87th, but was pushed back. One more save for Linebaugh in the 90th gave Jersey City the win.

Strong points:

– With their assists, Tobon (7) and Duarte (5) are respectively first and second in the NJAC in this statistical category.
– Although he didn’t score, the junior striker Maximo Vargas (Montevideo, Uruguay/The British Schools) is still second in the conference in points/game (1.64) and tied for second in goals (8). Tobon is fifth in points/game (1.18).
– Linebaugh leads the NJAC in total saves (54) and shutouts (6). He is second in goals against average (.484) and saves/game (4.91).
– NJCU was beaten 11-6 at net by Stockton, but Linebaugh’s 10-save shutout preserved the win. He now has three NJAC shutouts this season.

Next:

On a two-game winning streak and a three-game unbeaten streak, the Gothic Knights next take on Kean University on Wednesday night, October 19 in Union, NJ, for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. NJCU is looking for its first win over the Cougars since 2013. Jersey City is tied for third in the NJAC standings at 3-2-1 (10 points), while Kean is tied for seventh with the University Rowan at 1-2-3 (six points).

Helen J. Jimenez