The Shorthanded Men’s Soccer Squad season concludes in the ECAC semi-finals

READ, Pa. – The New Jersey City University men’s soccer team ended its 2022 season with 12 wins, the most for the program since the last time the Gothic Knights secured a bid for the NCAA Division III men’s soccer championship in 2007 when the team had 18 . This is also the first time since 2012 that Jersey City has reached the semifinals of Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III men’s soccer. On Saturday afternoon, November 19, the Gothic Knights gave their all against New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) rivals Rutgers-Newark, but ultimately lost 4-1 to the Scarlet Raiders on the tournament’s No. 1 campus All Seeds , Alvernia University.

The Gothic Knights (12-6-2) scored their only goal of the game against Rutgers-Newark (10-6-6) early in the second after falling behind in the first. junior midfielder Jorkaef Fallas (North Bergen, NJ/Hudson Catholic) took back a long pass from second grade Jayson Argueta (Bloomfield, NJ/Bloomfield) in the 48th, which went almost the entire length of the field, he pushed it past the Scarlet Raiders defenders and beat the goaltender one-for-one. His fourth goal of the season puts him third in NJCU, and his nine points puts him fifth on the roster.

Overall, the Greens and Goldigen had a pretty good season. Their three NJAC wins and 11 points overall are the most for the program since 2008. Two Gothic Knights received Academic All-District recognition, the program’s first honorees since 2008. The team qualified for the ECACs for the first time among the seventh. year head coach Joe Cullen. Four student-athletes were named to the All-NJAC teams, led by first-team selection (and now two-time All-Conference honoree) Junior Forward Maximo Vargas (Montevideo, Uruguay/The British Schools). Three players were also named to the honorable mention team as senior keepers Nick Linebaugh (Linden, NJ/St. Benedict’s Prep) and sophomores forward Danny Tobon (Clifton, NJ/Clifton) and back Jason Suarez (Clifton, NJ/Clifton).

The four All-NJAC selections are the most for NJCU since 2008, when the Gothic Knights had five All-Conference honorees — one of whom was also named NJAC Midfielder of the Year. As a team, NJCU beat their opponents 48-16, averaging 2.40 goals per game, while Linebaugh (.69 GAA) and Co. held opponents to just .80 goals conceded per game.

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