By Alexandra Parado
The men’s soccer team challenged Rutgers University-Camden on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and William Paterson University on Saturday, Sept. 29. The game against Rutgers-Camden came to a halt due to lightning in the 48th minute, and was not recorded as a contest.
The Lions lost 2-0 to New Jersey Athletic Conference opponent William Paterson in Wayne, New Jersey. The team now holds an overall record of 7-3 and a conference record of 1-2.
Throughout the entire game, the team was unable to score and only attempted four shots in its efforts. Head coach George Nazario reflected on key player sophomore midfielder Ryan Vazquez’s importance to the team. Vazquez sat out during the match against William Paterson.
“Our top scorer Ryan Vazquez will be available for the next game after serving his one game suspension,” Nazario said. “I believe he makes a big difference on the offensive end which will hopefully help us in a positive manner.”
William Paterson junior midfielder Dromo Quaye delivered both of the two goals that night, which were scored at the end of the first half and a few minutes after the second half began.
Sophomore goalkeeper Daniel Mecadon collected five saves out of the seven shots on goal attempted by William Paterson. William Paterson carried out 13 shots in total.
After suffering three defeats in a row, Nazario hopes to break the team’s losing streak in the rematch against Rutgers-Camden on Tuesday, October 2, in Camden, New Jersey.
“Luckily, we have a quick turnaround and will be playing in what I will term a ‘turnaround game.’ Hopefully we can turn things around and get back on track as we enter the midway point of our season,” Nazario said.
The Lions will resume following their schedule when they face another NJAC opponent, Kean University, on Saturday, Oct. 6 for a 4 p.m. match.