By Mike Ballard
RAPTOR OF THE WEEK
Sophomore forward Rodney Guishard started the men’s soccer season in style, collecting a pair of goals as the Scarlet Raptors opened their season with a pair of impressive wins. In the season opener, he scored the game-winning goal as Rutgers-Camden edged 22nd-ranked Elizabethtown College, 2-1, Sept. 1. He added a goal in the second game as the Raptors toppled York (NY) College, 9-0, Sept. 3.
MEN'S SOCCER (2-0/0-0 NJAC)
The Rutgers-Camden men’s soccer team didn’t waste any time serving notice that it is a force to be reckoned with. The Scarlet Raptors opened their season with a 2-1 comeback victory over Elizabethtown College Sept. 1 in Camden to upset the team ranked No. 22 in the pre-season Division III national rankings.
The Raptors came back two days later and toppled York (NY) College, 9-0.
Sophomore forward Rodney Guishard (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest) collected the game-winning goal on a tough-angle shot near the baseline with 18:07 remaining and sophomore midfielder Pat Baldiserra (Milmay, NJ/Buena Regional) notched a pair of assists as the Raptors outlasted Elizabethtown College in the season opener for both teams.
The Scarlet Raptors rallied from a 1-0 deficit in a game which included one red card and one yellow card for each team.
After a scoreless first half, the Blue Jays notched the first goal at 57:12 following a corner kick by junior back Brennan Reichenbach. Freshman back Wes Bunting scored from near the goal mouth, assisted by sophomore midfielder Michael Terry and Reichenbach.
A few minutes later -- with 29:46 left in regulation -- the Blue Jays received a red card for running into Raptor sophomore goalie Brent Grunow (Estell Manor, NJ/Buena Regional) and Rutgers-Camden took advantage of the man advantage. The Raptors tied the game at 61:43 on a chip inside the box by sophomore forward Onur Yilmaz (Giresun, Turkey/Delran), assisted by Baldiserra.
Rutgers-Camden scored the winner at 71:53 when Baldiserra head-flicked the ball to the baseline to the left of the goal and Guishard drilled a shot across the goal mouth inside the far right panel.
Elizabethtown had several scoring opportunities in the last five minutes, with one thwarted on a diving save by Grunow, who made five saves in his first career game at Rutgers-Camden. Elizabethtown junior goalie A.J. Fleisher had three saves.
The Blue Jays outshot the Raptors, 13-8, including 10-3 in the second half. Rutgers-Camden held a 5-3 margin in corner kicks.
While the game against Elizabethtown was a tight contest, the Scarlet Raptors were able to open up their offense Sept. 3 against York. 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 Rutgers-Camden over York (NY) College, 9-0. The nine goals 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 (0-2). Yilmaz headed in a cross from his cousin, senior midfielder Baris Uslu (Giresun, Turkey/Triton Regional) to put the Raptors on the board.
The Raptors notched their second goal at 26:09 when Guishard scored off a corner kick by Ian Simmons.
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 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 Grunow 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.
WOMEN'S SOCCER (0-1/0-0 NJAC)
Senior forward Meg McIntosh scored two goals and senior forward Laura Elgort added a late-game insurance tally to lead Johns Hopkins University over Rutgers-Camden, 3-1, in the season opener for both teams Sept. 1 in Camden.
The Blue Jays, who held a 25-3 advantage in shots, broke open a scoreless deadlock at 56:21 when McIntosh chipped in a centering pass from sophomore forward Kim Lane.
Less than one minute later, Rutgers-Camden collected its first shot of the game on a penalty kick, but the shot was saved by Johns Hopkins senior keeper Jen Goebel for her lone save of the game.
McIntosh, who tied Lane for the team lead in scoring last year with 10 goals, two assists and 22 points, collected her second goal at 57:45, off a breakaway from junior midfielder Jessi McKenzie.
The Lady Raptors notched their first goal of the season with 1:47 remaining on an unassisted 25-yard tally by freshman midfielder Allyson Jones (Aubudon, NJ/Audubon). Her goal cut the gap to 2-1, but Elgort scored with 25 seconds remaining, assisted by freshman midfielder Molly Steele.
Johns Hopkins held an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks in addition to its 25-3 margin in shots. Rutgers-Camden sophomore goalie Therese Comella (Delran, NJ/Delran) made nine saves.
Thurs., Sept. 8 at Wesley College Invitational 12:30 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 6 at Valley Forge Christian College 7 p.m.