Wednesday, October 13, 2004
By Mike Ballard
Senior midfielder Tom Magoffin (Sewell, NJ/The King's Christian School) scored two goals and freshman midfielder Pat Baldiserra (Milmay, NJ/Buena Regional) assisted on the first two goals of the game to power Rutgers University-Camden over William Paterson University, 4-1, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference men’s soccer game here Wednesday night.
The Scarlet Raptors extend their school-record undefeated streak to 15 games as they raise their record to 11-0-4 overall and 3-0-2 in the NJAC. Paterson falls to 2-12 and 0-6.
Baldiserra’s through ball set up Magoffin with the game’s first goal at 12:14. Less than three minutes later, Baldiserra played another through ball to the right wing, where senior forward Mike Hannings (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) tucked a shot inside the right post for his second goal of the season. The two assists raised Baldiserra’s team-leading total to four.
William Paterson had a great chance to slice the margin in half a few minutes later when sophomore midfielder Brandon Burton (Somerset, NJ/Timothy Christian) was taken down in the penalty box and took a penalty kick. That shot was saved by Raptor sophomore goalie David Cunningham (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern), and Burton took a quick followup shot off the rebound that also was smothered by Cunningham.
The Pioneers broke the shutout bid at 55:40 when sophomore forward Jay Hooper (Somerset, NJ/Franklin) popped a shot inside the right post, assisted by sophomore back Michael Petracca (Riverdale, NJ/Pompton Lakes).
The Raptors, however, tacked on two late goals secure their second straight win. Junior midfielder Devin Burgin (Pennsauken, NJ/Bishop Eustace) scored at 66:15 on a one-on-one play with Pioneer keeper Kevin Nuss (Swedesboro, NJ/Kingsway Regional) following a through ball from sophomore midfielder Mike Reed (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East).
With two minutes remaining in the game, Magoffin scored his second goal of the day, and fourth of the season, following a long restart by junior back Tom Guida (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East).
Rutgers-Camden held a 16-10 advantage in shots and a 4-1 margin in corner kicks. Cunningham, who played the first 88:44 in goal for the Raptors, made four saves. Freshman Chris Comuso (Turnersville, NJ/Washington Township) played the final 1:16 in goal for Rutgers-Camden.
Nuss made two saves for the Pioneers.
Rutgers-Camden returns to action Saturday night with another 7 p.m. NJAC home game. The Scarlet Raptors face the Kean University Cougars and will celebrate Senior Night. Two senior members of the Raptors soccer team Hannings and Magoffin -- will be honored, along with a pair of seniors from the cross country program Sarah Roberts (Pittsgrove, NJ/Schalick) and Matthew Weng (Lakehurst, NJ/Shawnee).
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