EDWIN UMANZOR GOAL FOR NJCU FEATURED ON ESPN SPORTSCENTER TOP 10
JERSEY CITY, NJ (NJCUGothicKnights.com) | For the fifth consecutive year, New Jersey City University has had a sports highlight featured nationally on ESPN. The video highlight of a magnificent first half goal by NJCU junior defender EDWIN UMANZOR (Linden, NJ/Linden) was featured as the No. 3 play on the Top Plays segment of ESPN's SportsCenter on September 4, and aired in the No. 3 slot in the 11 p.m., 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. editions, and throughout the morning on September 5.
The highlight marks the fourth time since 2009 that a men's or women's soccer play has been selected as a Top 10 play by ESPN's flagship program.
The play happened at the 27:09 mark in NJCU's 5-3 victory over City College of New York in a September 4 non-conference game at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field. Umanzor, a National Security Studies major, received a pass from the far left corner, beat a defender with a dribble, and unleashed a vicious shot from the far left top of the 18 that sailed into the near upper 90.
The goal gave NJCU a 3-0 lead. Ironically, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Umanzor had never scored in his collegiate career prior to September 1 and has now struck in back-to-back games.
The play is the fourth ever known instance of an NJCU athletics highlight being featured on SportsCenter and one of a nearly a dozen times a Gothic Knight team or student-athlete has been chronicled by the ESPN family of networks since 2007. Most recently, the men's soccer team had a Top 10 play in October, 2009 while the women's soccer team had a Top Play in October, 2010 and again in October 2011. The men's volleyball team also had a No. 1 blooper reel highlight in February, 2013.
"I was amazed," second-year head coach Patrick Snyder said in describing the goal. "If the camera was on me, you would have seen quite a reaction. I had the perfect angle to see it float into the upper 90. It was a great strike by the big man."
On NJCU soccer again appearing on national television, Snyder added: "it's a credit to how hard the kids and the support staff works. You have to catch it [the highlight] in order for it to get up there. It's a credit to the [soccer programs] and the whole department."