The Ramapo men’s soccer team defeated Berkeley College 5-0 on Monday to improve to 8-2-2 as the Berkeley College Knights dropped to 7-6.
Sophomore forward Trevor Albrecht opened up the scoring at the 33:59 mark of the first half with a penalty kick, his second goal of the season.
“I got the ball through our defense from the right back and beat a guy. I was then fouled by the second guy in the box and proceeded to take the penalty kick and score,” Albrecht said of the play to set up the first goal of the game.
The Roadrunners went into the half with a 1-0 lead over the Knights. It was only a matter of time before Ramapo would open the game up after controlling much of the first half.
Just under 15 minutes into the second half, Albrecht was able to connect again to extend the lead to 2-0.
In the 70th minute, freshman defender Justin Charkowski was able to net his first career goal to make it a 3-0 game.
Ramapo would tack on two more goals later in the half to pull away and win 5-0. The fourth goal was junior forward Justin Olaya’s fourth of the season off of the feed from Roberto Perez, a freshman defenseman.
The scoring would conclude in the 90th minute when freshman midfielder Kyle DeGroff netted his first career goal, which was assisted by junior defender Peter Bonilla.
“I think we came out a little more active [in the second half]. Some of the guys came off the bench and did a good job. They hadn’t seen so many minutes so they were excited to get in and contribute,” head coach DJ Pinton said about his team’s second half explosion to take command of the game.
The Roadrunners started their season 7-0-0 (1-0 in the conference), but then failed to win any of their next four contests, going 0-2-2 in those games, all of them conference matchups.
“This is a confidence booster, that’s for sure,” Pinton described of his team bouncing back with a win. “The two ties and two losses feel like four losses just because we let a couple of games slip away, so it was good to get back in the win column.”
“It feels good. We definitely need it for our confidence and hopefully we can put together something special to end the season,” said Albrecht about this big win.
Ramapo was back in action on Wednesday when they hosted Rutgers-Newark in an NJAC battle, but they suffered another loss by a score of 2-0.
With the loss yesterday, the Roadrunners fell to 1-3-2 in conference play and are currently out of a playoff spot, earning just five points in the NJAC with three games to play against conference opponents.
They have not beaten an NJAC opponent since they took down Montclair in overtime on Sept. 17, but they will try to take down the NJCU Gothic Knights on Saturday at noon, who are winless in NJAC play so far this season