ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania – The University of New Jersey City women collected their second non-conference draw of the season today, Sept. 10, after the juniors Kim Brites (Carteret, NJ/Carteret) collected his team-high third goal of the season in the 48th minute to equalize Ceder Crest College’s first goal of the first half. The All-NJAC standout forward led both teams in shots (6) and shots on goal (4) this afternoon.
NJCU (1-1-2) sent a freshman Lorraine Valenzuela (Bayonne, NJ/Bayonne) in goal to make his first career start with the Gothic Knights. The newcomer made five saves this afternoon, which is also a season high for Jersey City keepers this year.
The Falcons (2-1-1) were aggressive to start the game, firing three shots on goal in the first 20 minutes of play. In the 26th minute, the Pennsylvania team found the back of the net, giving to Ceder Crest a 1-0 lead. After the goal, the Jersey City team had four strikes in the final minutes of the first half of the first year Ariana Flores-Ortiz (Little Falls, NJ/Passaic Valley Regional)Brits and Junior Hailey Goncalves (Union, NJ/Union)but the Falcons keeper kept the Gothic Knights scoreless in the second half.
Over the next 45 minutes, the Gothic Knights came out firing, as the team doubled their first-half shots and kicks. Moreover, Jersey City beat Cedar Crest 9-3 and did not award a corner the entire game while NJCU had seven corner opportunities.
With stellar defensive play throughout the second half by senior captains Arame Diouf (Weehawken, NJ/Memorial) and Victoria Gil (South River, NJ/South River)and freshman Katie Kelly (Secaucus, NJ/Secaucus)the team continued to push into Falcon territory with their speed and physicality.
Following a shot on goal by a freshman Rebecca Lopez (Mountain View, CA/Mountain View) early in the second half, the veteran Brites took advantage of an NJCU free kick from midfield which was on Lopez’s head and fired by Brites to tie the game at 1–1. The Gothic Knights would have six more shots in the half, but defensive and goalkeeping play by both teams held this game to a 1-1 draw, respectively. With just 9 seconds remaining, Valenzuela made a crucial save for the team, keeping the game tied.
Junior Shea Ramirez (Bogota, NJ/Immaculate Conception) and Falcons senior Morgan Love both received yellow cards in the game.
Next: The New Jersey City University women’s soccer team will have a quick turnaround, as they quickly return to the field tomorrow morning at 1:00 p.m. for a non-conference matchup with the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Caven Point.