Ramapo snaps unbeaten streak with 1-0 shutout

The College’s men’s soccer team lost its first game of the season last week to end its seven-game unbeaten streak.

The Lions continued New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) play last week with two games on the road, a 1-0 loss to Ramapo College Wednesday afternoon and a 2-1 victory over Richard Stockton College on Saturday afternoon.

The Lions now have a 6-1-1 record and are currently ranked No. 8 in the NJAC.

In Wednesday’s defeat to Ramapo, head coach George Nazario felt that the Lions didn’t play their style of soccer. Some players mentioned that they played the ball in the air too much and subsequently, lost possession so often.

The only goal of the game was scored by Ramapo’s freshman forward Jim Scillieri at the 73-minute mark. Sophomore goal keeper Matt Kasperavicius had four saves in the defeat. Senior forward Matt Woolston was not dressed for the game because of a knee injury. However, sophomore Charlie Heydt provided great play in the absence of Woolston.

The College bounced back from Wednesday’s loss to defeat Stockton on Saturday with another game-winning goal by sophomore forward Matt Luber with an assist from sophomore midfielder Joe McGinley at the game’s 69-minute mark.

This was the second time this season that McGinley and Luber have connected to win the game. It was Luber’s third game-winning goal of the season, and he is now tied with junior defender Tim Dudek for the team’s lead in goals scored. Freshman forward Chris Nelan scored the Lions’ first goal, with an assist from sophomore forward Craig Langman at the 48-minute mark.

The Ospreys had their only goal on a score by freshman midfielder Ray Nelson at the 55-minute mark.

The College finishes its road trip with a game against Rowan University tonight at 7 p.m.