On Saturday, Oct. 8, the Ramapo College women’s soccer team took home their first conference win of the season against New Jersey City University (NJCU). The Ramapo College men’s soccer team played to a 2-2 draw against NJCU at home this past Saturday in another NJAC match-up.
The women’s team improved to 4-5 overall and 1-3 in the conference with this win, and the men stand at 1-6-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the conference with their tie.
For the lady Roadrunners, in the first half, Lauren Vladyka, who leads her team in goals, netted her fifth goal of the season off an assist from Jessica Guccione to put the Roadrunners up by one. Early in the second half, NJCU responded with a goal of their own by Nyrohah Alvarenga, off an assist from Rachel Amaro.
“This win was really important to us because it was our first conference win,” Guccione said. “We have been working hard since preseason to have a good season, and this win really gave us the momentum to carry it to our next games.”
Ramapo’s game-winning goal came from Sam Ingannamorte, off an assist from Ashley Agrillo, to give the Roadrunners a 2-1 lead. The Roadrunners’ goalkeeper, Emma Conlan, recorded four saves throughout the game. NJCU’s Sophia Mannino had seven saves in goal.
“For our next game against Kean and others coming up, we are looking to build on that same momentum and energy we had against NJCU,” Guccione said. “We are focusing on watching film to improve, working hard at practices and bringing energy to every game. If we continue to work hard, we can definitely compete against anyone in our conference.”
As for the men’s team, Ramapo scored their first goal in the 26th minute of action. Ederson La Torre scored on a header off an assist from Thiago Stallhbaum to take the lead. The rest of the first half remained scoreless.
In the second half, NJCU’s Maximo Vargas scored his first goal of the game to tie it at 1-1 with an assist from his teammate Nate Russell. Ten minutes later, off an assist from Thiago Duarte on a corner kick, Vargas scored again to give his team the lead at 2-1.
Ramapo did their best to fight back, and it eventually worked. Damian Zurawski scored his second goal of the year off a pass from Jake Szatkowski. Neither team could find the back of the net for the remaining minutes.
The Roadrunners held a 20-8 shot advantage over the Knights. Ramapo goalkeeper Nikolai Matthews had two saves for Ramapo, while NJCU goalkeeper Nick Linebaugh posted 10.
Ramapo men’s soccer will play again on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. when they travel to Rowan University in another NJAC match-up. Rowan’s men’s soccer is currently 0-2-2 in conference play.
Ramapo women’s soccer will also return to action at home for another NJAC match-up on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. against Rowan University. Rowan’s women’s soccer is currently 4-0 in conference play.
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