KNIGHTS LOSE BY MORE THAN ONE GOAL FOR FIRST TIME, DROP 3-1 DECISION TO ROWAN
JERSEY CITY, NJ (NJCUGothicKnights.com) | For the first time all season the New Jersey City University men's soccer team dropped a decision by more than one goal and it couldn't have come at a more inopportune time. Rowan University led 1-0 at the half and increased their lead to 3-0 in the early stages of the second half before withstanding a late Gothic Knight surge to defeat NJCU, 3-1, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference contest on October 17 at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field.
The loss is the third in four games for NJCU and its third straight in the conference. The setback drops the Knights to 11-7 overall and 2-5 in the NJAC with two league games remaining. Rowan snaps a two-game losing streak and improves to .500 overall at 7-7-2 and 2-4-1 in the NJAC, leapfrogging the Knights in the standings by one point (7 vs. 6).
Rowan outshot NJCU, 29-20, including 15-7 in the first half, and leads the all-time series, 35-15-4, winning for the second straight year.
NJCU's hopes of qualifying for the last NJAC Tournament berth grew fainter with the loss. The Knights must sweep both of its last two conference games against The College of Jersey (Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m. in Ewing) and at home on Wednesday, October 24 vs. #21 Rutgers University-Camden—the defending NJAC champions—while needing William Paterson University to lose its final two NJAC games against Rutgers-Newark (October 20) and Kean University (October 24), to have a chance to qualify. NJCU also needs Richard Stockton College and Rowan to not reach the 12-point mark.
NJCU outshot Rowan in the second half, 14-13, and certainly had its opportunities to establish scoring chances. The Knights had an incredible 15-4 margin in corner kicks in the game but couldn't cash in. The 15 corner kicks were two shy of the known school record of 17, also at home against Rowan, on September 23, 2006. NJCU had 11 corners in the second half alone.
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