Men’s soccer wins tight game against NJCU

Last Saturday, the Ramapo men’s soccer team won a close game against New Jersey City University (NJCU), 3-2.

18 minutes into the game, NJCU took the lead 1-0. It was not until almost 20 minutes later that the Roadrunners tied with a goal by senior defender Ederson La Torre, assisted by fifth-year defender Mark Buckel. 

Neither team would score for the rest of the first half, with the Roadrunners leading in shots 9-5. Midway through the second half, NJCU sophomore midfielder Juan Vizcaino scored with an assist from senior forward Jorkaef Fallas. 

The Roadrunners once again tied the game thanks to Buckel’s goal in the 73rd minute, assisted by freshman midfielder Luigi Portillo. This marks Buckel’s first of the season.

With both teams fighting for a victory as the scoreboard read 2-2, fifth-year defender Nebi Ademi scored with only a minute left in the game. This was also the first goal of his career.

“Scoring the winner felt so good, for myself and for the whole team collectively,” Ademi said. “I’ve waited 5 years to score my first collegiate goal and it was well worth the wait.”

He added that “winning this game, especially with all the adversity that came with it, can hopefully kickstart our push for the playoffs after a slow start to conference play. A scrappy, hard fought win is something we needed to help start our momentum for how we mean to go on for the rest of the season.”

The roadrunners’ next game will be Saturday, Oct. 14 against Rowan University.


Featured photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics