November 5, 2010


More news about: New Jersey City men's team

Friday, November 5, 2010 (Men's Soccer)

PITMAN, NJ ( | New Jersey City University junior forward WALTER AVANS (Roselle Park, NJ/Union Catholic) and sophomore striker NANA KOFI KUSI (Jersey City, NJ/Kumasi Academy (Ghana))—the top two scorers for the Gothic Knights—have each been voted to the Second-Team All-New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) squad for the 2010 season in voting by the league's 10 head coaches announced this week.

Avans, who was also named Second-Team All-NJAC as a sophomore in 2009, earns all-conference accolades for the second time in his three-year career. Kofi Kusi, a transfer this season into the program, collects All-NJAC honors for the first time. 

Each player registered 22 points on the season. Avans had 10 goals and two assists for 22 points while Kofi Kusi notched nine goals and four assists.

Avans, a 2010 tri-captain for NJCU (7-11, 1-8 NJAC), played in all 18 games, making 15 starts. One of four players on the club to play at least 1,000 minutes, he was on the field for 1,121 minutes and attempted 47 shots, including 24 on goal, for a .511 shots on goal percentage and a .213 shots rate. He netted two hat tricks and one game-tying goal. 

Avans led NJCU in goals, shots, shots on goal, and hat tricks. In league games, Avans tallied one goal and one assist for three points while starting eight of the nine conference contests. After netting 15 total goals and five in NJAC competition in 2009, Avans consistently drew the opposition's best defender, and that limited his shots to seven (.143) and three on goal (.429) during the NJAC schedule.

In the NJAC statistical rankings through November 4, Avans ranks tied for third in goals, fourth in goals per game (0.56), tied for fifth in points per game (1.22), sixth in points, 11th in shots, and 12th in shots per game (2.61).

In three seasons, Avans has 27 goals and six assists for 60 points in 49 games and has uncorked 123 shots (66 on goal). He is sixth in school history in goals and shots on goal and eighth all-time in points.

"I was happy to hear the news," said Avans of his second straight selection. "I think every athlete dreams of making an all conference team and I was lucky enough to do it two years in a row. Not many athletes have that same opportunity. But there's always room for more improvement and hopefully next year I can make it again."

Kofi Kusi played in 17 games with 10 starts in his first season at NJCU. He logged 900 minutes with 31 shots (15 on goal), a .484 SOG percentage and .290 shots rate. He netted one hat trick, one game-tying goal and one first goal.

Kofi Kusi proved to be especially dangerous in conference games. Of the eight goals NJCU scored in nine league games, he scored half—finishing with four goals and one assist for nine points. He had 17 shots (.235) and nine on goal (.529) in league games. He started six conference games, and played in all nine.

Among the NJAC statistical leaders, Kofi Kusi currently lists fourth in points per game, fifth in goals per game (0.53), tied for fifth in goals, tied for sixth in points, tied for 11th in assists, 13th in assists per game (0.24), 24th in shots per game (1.82) and 28th in shots. 

In the nine NJAC games only, Kofi Kusi finished the year tied for sixth in goals, tied for eighth in goals per game (0.44), tied for 11th in points, tied for 12th in points per game (1.00), tied for 24th in shots and assists, and tied for 25th in shots per game (1.89).——

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