By Mike Ballard
CAMDEN Sophomore midfielder Rob Gambino (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) scored two goals and added two assists and junior midfielder Ian Simmons (Winslow, NJ/Winslow Township) had one goal and two assists to power the Rutgers University-Camden men’s soccer team over York (NY) College, 9-0, in a non-conference game here Saturday.
The nine goals scored were the most scored by the Scarlet Raptors since a 9-0 victory over Valley Forge Christian, September 22, 2001.
The Raptors, who raised their record to 2-0, received points from nine different players as they out-shot the Cardinals, 32-5, and held a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Rutgers-Camden scored only 1:58 into the game to take the lead for good against the Cardinals, who fall to 0-2. Sophomore forward Onur Yilmaz (Giresun, Turkey/Delran) headed in a cross from his cousin, senior midfielder Baris Uslu (Giresun, Turkey/Triton Regional) to put the Raptors on the board. It was the second goal of the season for Yilmaz, and the second consecutive game he has scored the Raptors’ first goal. He also scored the first goal in a 2-1 win over 22nd-ranked Elizabethtown Thursday.
The Raptors notched their second goal at 26:09 when sophomore forward Rodney Guishard (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest) scored off a corner kick by Ian Simmons. It was Guishard’s second goal of the year, with the first being the game-winning tally against Elizabethtown.
A pair of newcomers notched their first Rutgers-Camden goals as the Raptors took a 4-0 lead into the half. Freshman forward Andrew Dorsey (Mt. Laurel, NJ/The King’s Christian School) headed in a goal at 38:07 off a restart by Gambino. Only 2:30 later, Gambino assisted freshman forward Timothy Ennis (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson), who chipped in his first Raptor goal at 40:37.
Rutgers-Camden made it a 5-0 game at 52:20 when senior forward Kevin Ridgway (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson), last season’s leading scorer with 18 points, collected his first tally of 2005. He headed home a cross by Yilmaz to the far post.
Gambino notched a pair of unassisted goals at 67:04 and at 73:30 on long shots. The first came from about 35 yards out when he chipped a shot into an open net after York keeper Kafui Kouakou (Togo, Africa/CTC Ora Labora) got caught out of the net trying to break up a play.
Freshman forward Andrew Simmons (Winslow, NJ/Winslow Township) assisted his brother, Ian at 75:10. Ian returned the favor at 83:15, assisting on his brother’s first collegiate goal for the final margin.
Kouakou made eight saves for the Cardinals. Rutgers-Camden received a combined shutout from sophomores Brent Grunow (Estell Manor, NJ/Buena Regional) and Chris Comuso (Turnersville, NJ/Washington Township), who each played half the game in goal. Grunow earned the win to raise his record to 2-0. Comuso had the lone save of the day for the Raptors.
The Scarlet Raptors return to action Tuesday with a 4 p.m. game at Philadelphia Biblical University. They host their annual Cialella Soccer Classic Friday and Saturday, Sept.9-10.