ARAUJO SCORES FOUR TIMES, LEADS NJCU PAST KEYSTONE, 5-2, IN LIBERTY CUP OPENER
JERSEY CITY, NJ (NJCUGothicKnights.com) | One major question in the 2012 preseason for the Gothic Knights was how the team would recoup the scoring punch lost when 2011 senior WALTER AVANS (Roselle Park, NJ) graduated with 39 career goals and 89 points. That question has been definitively answered. Sophomore forward RAPHAEL ARAUJO (North Plainfield, NJ/North Plainfield) enjoyed one of the finest offensive days in the 54-year history of New Jersey City University's men's soccer team with a four-goal outburst and scored for the fourth consecutive game to open the campaign as the Gothic Knights blew past Keystone College, 5-2, in the opening round of the 2012 NJCU Liberty Cup held at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field.
Araujo became the fifth different player to score four times in a game (accomplished six total times) and eighth Gothic Knight to notch at least eight points in a game (done 10 times), as he netted NJCU's first two goals in a span of 1:42 early in the second half, before adding a pair of markers in the 55th and 65th minutes to stake the Knights to a 5-1 advantage.
NJCU (3-1) won its third consecutive game and improves to 10-1 all-time in its own tournament. Keystone falls to 1-2. NJCU leads the all-time series, 3-0 (19-3 goal differential). The second half of the game was played under a threat of severe weather and the final 20 minutes of the contest was contested in a steady and sometimes wind-swept rain storm.