Freshmen Lead Soccer Team to 9-0 Shutout

The Ramapo Roadrunners men’s soccer team cruised to a 9-0 out of conference victory against the Sarah Lawrence College Gryphons at home on Saturday.

“We could tell from the start that we were creating opportunities,” said Ramapo head coach DJ Pinton. “We were moving the ball well and were able to finish on our chances.”

Freshman Kevin Monaghan lead the Roadrunners offense with two goals less than two minutes apart to put Ramapo up 3-0 just 18:44 into the game. Luke Giegerich, also a freshman, scored his second career goal as a Roadrunner to open the scoring at 14:44.

Six other Roadrunners scored, including freshmen Chris Ugarte and Lucas Tasci, and senior Dave Przybylo with a goal each in the first half.

In the second half, the Roadrunners scored three more with freshmen Christian Trujillo and Mike McGlynn and sophomore Santiago Garzon each scoring a goal. Seven of the nine Roadrunners goals were scored by freshmen.

Junior Zach Savacool contributed two assists in the win, with junior Dan Boffa and freshman Rich Kehoe assisting once each as well. Przybylo and Urgarte had an assist each in addition to their own goals.

Sophomore goalkeeper Brady O’Connor faced one shot on goal and earned a shutout for the Roadrunners, his second of the year. The first came in a 5-0 victory on Sept. 18 against Medgar Evers College. O’Connor played half the game.

As a freshman, O’Connor played three games while starting one and did not allow a goal as a freshman. In five career appearances as a Roadrunner, O’Connor has not allowed any goals.

The Roadrunners attempted 20 shots in the game, with 11 landing on target.

Sarah Lawrence goalkeepers, juniors Elliot Warkus and Jeff Bernstein, both played in the game and made one save each. Warkus started the game, allowing seven goals and was relieved by Bernstein after six minutes of the second half.

Sarah Lawrence, a member of the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, is now 3-8 overall after back-to-back losses this weekend to Ramapo and the Culinary Institute of America 7-1, in an HVIAC conference match Sunday afternoon.

The Gryphons are 3-3 in conference after the weekend.

The Roadrunners will look to use the lop-sided victory as momentum for two key New Jersey Athletic Conference matchups.

“We did a good job finishing in the game and got used to seeing the ball go into the net. Hopefully that will carry over,” Pinton said. 

In Wednesday’s game against Rowan, the Roadrunners were defeated in a close 1-0 game. 

Ramapo and Rowan both have a 2-4 NJAC record after Wednesday. 

The Roadrunners next match will be against first place in the NJAC Richard Stockton on Saturday.

The Richard Stockton Ospreys are 9-3-2 overall and 5-1 in conference with one win from forfeit.