The Ramapo women’s and men’s soccer teams each enjoyed shutout wins over the last week, with the lady Roadrunners defeating Neumann University on Saturday afternoon, and the men’s team beating Cairn University on Monday night.
Starting with Saturday’s game, the women’s team scored four goals in the second half en route to a 4-0 victory over the Knights. After being held scoreless in the first half, the first goal of the game came off the foot of freshman Amber Maher in the 59th minute of action, assisted by senior defender Lara O’Toole.
The score remained 1-0 until the 74th minute, where the Roadrunners would score three goals in the vicinity of six minutes. The first came from team captain Carla Goodwin, assisted by sophomore forward Dina Ayoub.
Three minutes later, Maher put her second goal of the day through the net to give Ramapo a 3-0 lead, off an assist from team captain Ashley Agrillo. The third goal of the sequence came from senior defender Eleni Polizos, off an assist from Maher.
In total, Maher tallied a team high three points on the day. Her seven points this season are second only to Goodwin, who leads the team with 12. Also impressive regarding Maher’s performance is that she was able to accomplish this while only playing in the second half of the match.
In net for the Roadrunners, the shutout was split between sophomore goalkeeper Madison Miskovitz and freshman goalkeeper Gabby Matias. Miskovitz started the game in goal and saved all four shots that came her way. Matias replaced her teammate in the second half and was able to stop all five shots that she faced.
The win moved the Roadrunners to a 2-3 record on the young season. Next up for the women’s team will be their first New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) matchup of the season, when they visit The College of New Jersey on Saturday at 12 p.m. in Ewing.
As for the men’s team, the Roadrunners found the victory column for the first time this season as they took care of the Highlanders 5-0 at home. Ramapo scored three minutes into game action, as freshman forward Leith Matari scored off an assist from freshman defender Dino Radoncic.
The score would remain 1-0 for the remainder of the first half. Two minutes into the start of the second half, Radoncic scored the first goal of his collegiate career to give Ramapo a 2-0 lead, off an assist from Matari.
Matari would add his second goal of the game midway through the second half, off an assist from senior midfielder Jack Hosmer. Sophomore forward Alim Lita would go on to score his first goal of the season unassisted to give the Roadrunners a four goal cushion, and senior midfielder Massimo Gallorini scored the final goal of the night in the 86th minute.
The men’s team now sits at 1-1-1 overall on the season after the win. The Roadrunners’ next challenge will be their first NJAC match of the season, as they face The College of New Jersey at home on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Athletic Center Turf.
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