By Mike Ballard
RAPTOR OF THE WEEK
Senior back Erin Boiler sparked the Rutgers-Camden women’s soccer team to a 3-1 week with strong all-around play. The Raptors posted two shutouts and allowed only two goals in those four games, and Boiler also played a key role in the offense. One of the Lady Raptors’ tri-captains, Boiler had the game-tying goal in an eventual 2-1 win over Arcadia Sept. 6, notched a goal and two assists in a 7-0 win over Farmingdale State Sept. 8 and collected the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over Swarthmore Sept. 11. Overall, she had three goals and two assists for eight points.
MEN'S SOCCER (4-1/0-0 NJAC)
Tues., Sept. 6 Rutgers-Camden 4, Philadelphia Biblical University 1
Fri., Sept. 9 Arcadia University 2, Philadelphia Biblical Univ. 0
Sat., Sept. 10 Philadelphia Biblical University 4, Alvernia College 2
The Rutgers-Camden men’s soccer team stretched its season-opening winning streak to four games, and climbed to “Also Receiving Votes” in the Division III national Top 25 poll before losing the championship game of its own Cialella Soccer Classic Sept. 10.
Arcadia University senior goalkeeper Ralph Giangiulio made seven saves to collect a shutout and earn MVP honors of the Fifth Annual Cialella Soccer Classic while leading his Scarlet Knights to a 4-0 victory over Rutgers-Camden.
In Saturday night’s first game, Philadelphia Biblical University defeated Alvernia College, 4-2, on the strength of a hat trick by sophomore forward Derek Mosely.
Arcadia earned its third championship of the Cialella Soccer Classic in the four years it has participated in the event as the Scarlet Knights (2-1-1) took a 1-0 halftime lead and tacked on three more goals in the second half.
Arcadia, which didn’t play in the 2004 Cialella Soccer Classic due to scheduling conflicts, also won the title in 2002 and 2003. Rutgers-Camden won it in 2001 and last season.
Arcadia broke a scoreless tie on an amazing shot by senior back Scott Wimsey, who volleyed a shot on the left side of the box to hit a ball into the far right corner at 31:18.
The Scarlet Knights added an insurance goal only 1:24 into the second half when sophomore forward Dan McGarry had a one-on-one with Rutgers-Camden sophomore keeper Brent Grunow (Estell Manor, NJ/Buena Regional) after a pair of Raptor defenders collided. McGarry tucked his shot into the right side of the net.
McGarry’s cross assisted Arcadia’s next goal at 60:35, which was scored on a shot by sophomore midfielder Pete Sokolski inside the left post. The Scarlet Knights’ final goal came at 67:08, courtesy of junior midfielder Chris Brunetti.
Arcadia outshot Rutgers-Camden, 14-13, and held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks to hand the Scarlet Raptors their first loss of the season. Rutgers-Camden drops to 4-1.
Grunow made four saves and allowed all four goals in 80:10 of playing time for Rutgers-Camden. Sophomore Chris Comuso (Turnersville, NJ/Washington Township) played the last 9:50 for the Raptors without a save.
In the first game of the day, Philadelphia Biblical University’s Mosely scored three goals, including the clinching goal with 4:36 remaining to give the Crimson Eagles (1-3) their first win of the season.
Mosely scored the first two goals of the game at 4:44, assisted by sophomore midfielder Andy Miller, and unassisted at 22:29 following his own steal at the top of the box.
Alvernia (1-4) cut the gap to 2-1 by halftime as junior back Greg Allegra scored at 23:18 off a cross from freshman midfielder Ryan Rutherford.
Miller made it a 3-1 game at 58:45, heading in a cross from senior midfielder Dave Booher.
Alvernia cut the margin to 3-2 when junior midfielder Mike Allegra ripped a shot in a crowded goal mouth that deflected into the net at 79:04, but Mosely wrapped up the game and his hat trick late in the contest.
In first-day action Sept. 9, Rutgers-Camden sophomore forward Onur Yilmaz (Giresun, Turkey/Delran) broke a 1-1 tie with a rocket off an Alvernia defender and into the opposite right corner of the net with 10:16 remaining in regulation. Yilmaz’s goal, his fourth of the season, was assisted by sophomore midfielder James Fiorani (Bridgeton, NJ/Cumberland Regional) and helped the Raptors raise their record to 4-0.
Rutgers-Camden, which outshot Alvernia, 26-8, and held an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks, built an early lead on a penalty kick by senior midfielder Devin Burgin (Pennsauken, NJ/Bishop Eustace) at 20:40 after Yilmaz was taken down in the box.
Alvernia came back to tie the game at 32:52 when junior midfielder Cody Gambler chipped home a through ball from junior forward Moss Grande.
Rutgers-Camden had a chance to regain the lead earlier in the second half on another penalty kick after sophomore midfielder Pat Baldiserra (Milmay, NJ/Buena Regional) was tripped in the box, but Burgin’s shot bounded off the crossbar, setting the stage for the winning goal by Yilmaz.
Raptor junior keeper David Cunningham (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern) made three saves to earn his first win of the year. Alvernia freshman goalie Richard Kessler had eight saves and the Crusaders also added a backsave.
In the opening game, Arcadia University outshot the Crimson Eagles, 26-4, including 19-3 in the opening half, when it scored both of its goals. Arcadia also held a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Scarlet Knights scored the only goal they needed at 23:18 when Philadelphia Biblical University was called for a handball in the box. Arcadia junior midfielder Matt Abate converted the penalty kick for the Scarlet Knights’ first goal of the season.
Arcadia added a second goal at 40:51 when freshman back Matt Benner scored after running onto a through ball in the box Brunetti.
On Sept. 6, the Scarlet Raptors scored three second-half goals to break open a tight contest and went on to defeat Philadelphia Biblical University, 4-1, in a non-conference game in Langhorne, PA
The Scarlet Raptors took a 1-0 halftime lead behind a goal by Yilmaz early in the game. The tally, which was assisted by junior midfielder Michael Reed (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East), marked the third consecutive contest in which Yilmaz has scored the Raptors’ first goal.
Rutgers-Camden broke open a tight game with a pair of goals early in the second half, including a tally by senior forward Baris Uslu (Giresun, Turkey/Triton Regional) only 34 seconds after the break. It was the first goal of the season for Uslu, a senior captain who is Yilmaz’s cousin. Senior back Brett Mattei (Turnersville, NJ/Washington Township) assisted on the goal, which proved to be the game-winning tally.
The Raptors added second-half goals by Reed, assisted by sophomore forward Ryan Evans (Medford, NJ/Shawnee) and senior forward Kevin Ridgway (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson), assisted by Uslu. Those goals were sandwiched around an unassisted tally midway through the half by PBU sophomore forward Andrew Heath.
Grunow made six saves for the Raptors. For the Crimson Eagles, goalie Mattias van’t Hoenderdaal made seven saves.
The Raptors outshot the Crimson Eagles, 13-9.
WOMEN'S SOCCER (3-2/0-0 NJAC)
Pioneer Classic (at Widener University)
Sat., Sept. 10 Widener University 1, Rutgers-Camden 0
Sun., Sept. 11 Rutgers-Camden 2, Swarthmore College 0
Senior back Erin Boiler (Medford, NJ/Holy Cross) and junior midfielder Katie O’Connor (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) each collected a goal as the Rutgers-Camden women’s soccer team blanked Swarthmore College, 2-0, in the Pioneer Classic September 11 at Widener University. That victory capped a 3-1 week for the Lady Raptors, raising their record to 3-2.
In the championship game, sophomore forwards Emily Sullivan and Ashley Gross each scored twice as York (PA) College defeated host Widener, 4-0.
Boiler scored her third goal of the season, and first game-winning tally, at 22:09, assisted by sophomore midfielder Brittney Mancine (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape). O’Connor tacked on an unassisted insurance goal at 74:32, following a misplay by Swarthmore’s goalie.
Rutgers-Camden sophomore keeper Therese Comella (Delran, NJ/Delran) had three saves to earn her second shutout in three games. The only goal charged to Comella in that span was an own goal in a 1-0 loss to Widener Saturday.
Freshman keeper Lauren Walker made two saves and allowed Boiler’s goal while playing the first 30:18 for Swarthmore. Sophomore Kristen Traband played the final 59:42 for the Garnet, allowing one goal and making five saves.
Rutgers-Camden held a 15-6 advantage in shots and a 4-2 margin in corner kicks.
In the title game, undefeated York College won its fifth straight game, while handing the Pioneers their first loss (3-1).
Sullivan scored the only goals the Spartans needed at 23:32, and Gross followed with a goal at 43:41. Both players added second-half goals, with Sullivan scoring at 59:23 and Gross at 66:49.
Junior goalie Amanda Lomberg made six saves to post her second shutout of the weekend for York.
On the opening day of action, host Widener University and York (PA) College both teams posted shutouts at the Pioneer Classic Sept. 10. Widener posted a 1-0 victory over Rutgers-Camden, aided by an own goal at 60:06. The Pioneers collected seven shots, while the Raptors had five.
Widener’s combined shutout was notched by senior Kelli Quinn and junior Betsy Shoustal. Quinn made all three Widener saves while playing the opening half. Comella had five saves for the Raptors.
York College collected a 3-0 shutout over Swarthmore, scoring the eventual game-winning goal in the 12th minute on a tally by freshman Jill Stanley. Sullivan added a pair of goals for the Spartans, one of them assisted by Stanley.
Freshman midfielder Allyson Jones (Audubon, NJ/Audubon) collected a hat trick and sophomore midfielder Aubree McDermott (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) added two goals and two assists to power the Rutgers University-Camden women’s soccer team to a 7-0 non-conference victory over SUNY-Farmingdale September 8 in Camden.
Jones, who leads the team in scoring with five goals and one assist for 11 points, notched at least one goal in each of the Lady Raptors’ first three games this year.
Jones’ hat trick was the first for Rutgers-Camden since Jacci Giannone had three goals against Rutgers-Newark Oct. 31, 2003, and tied the single-game school record held shared by six other players.
The seven goals were the most by the Lady Raptors since a 9-0 win over Lancaster Bible Sept. 15, 2004.
O’Connor headed home the only goal the Raptors needed at 30:33 off a corner kick by Mancine. That was the only tally of the first half for the Raptors, despite a 12-1 advantage in shots in the first 45 minutes and a near miss when Boiler slammed a shot off the crossbar with 9:00 remaining in the half.
Rutgers-Camden exploded for six goals after halftime, including the first by Jones just 39 seconds into the second half. Her goal was assisted by McDermott, and McDermott assisted Jones again at 51:11.
Boiler got on the board at 54:29 when her shot hit off a defender, and McDermott notched her first goal following a corner kick at 80:17.
The Raptors collected their final two goals in rapid fashion at 86:10 and 86:31, scoring 21 seconds apart to barely miss the fastest back-to-back goals (15 seconds apart) in school history. Boiler assisted both goals on a header by Jones and a shot by McDermott.
The Lady Raptors finished with a 23-2 advantage in shots as Comella made just one save to post her first collegiate shutout. Farmingdale senior keeper Pam Baione allowed four goals and made nine saves in 67:13 of action, while freshman keeper Nicole Parker made one save and allowed three goals in the final 22:47.
The Raptors opened the week with a 2-1 win at Arcadia University Sept. 6 when Jones broke a halftime tie with a goal one minute into the second half.
The victory was the first of the season for the Lady Raptors, and the first Rutgers-Camden win for new head coach Tom Greenawalt.
Jones’ game-winning goal was assisted by junior midfielder Kate Machion (Blackwood, NJ/Paul VI). It was the team-leading second goal for Jones.
The Scarlet Knights scored the game’s first goal when senior midfielder Maria DeGeorge scored 28 minutes into the contest. The Raptors tied the game six minutes later when Boiler collected the deflection of Jones’ shot off the goalkeeper and scored from 20 yards out.
The Knights appeared to notch the tying goal with five minutes remaining in the game, but the shot was nullified when an Arcadia player was called for a handball.
Comella made four saves in the Rutgers-Camden goal.
1. McDaniel A, 295; 2. Wesley 1, 296; 3. West Chester 1, 300; 4. York, 301; 5. Gettysburg, 304; 6. McDaniel B, 307; 7. Franklin & Marshall, 308; 8. Rutgers-Camden, 313; 9. Frostburg State, 314; 10. Alvernia, 319; 11. Neumann, 323; 12. TCNJ, 327; 13. Villa Julie, 343; 14. Manhattanville, 362. Inc. West Chester 2.
Medalist: Steve Perrone (McDaniel A), 68.
Senior Brian Mason (Bridgeton, NJ/Bridgeton) shot a round of 76 to lead the Rutgers University-Camden golf team to an eighth-place finish out of 15 teams in its season-opening match at the Wesley Colege Invitational September 8 at the Wild Quail Golf & Country Club in Wycoming, Delaware.
McDaniel College’s A team won the event with a 295, followed by Wesley’s top team at 296. Steve Perrone of McDaniel A was the individual medalist with a 68.
Junior Matt Tomasic (Berlin, NJ/St. Augustine Prep), in his first Rutgers-Camden appearance since transferring from Moravian College, shot a 78 to finish second on the Raptors.
Rounding out the Rutgers-Camden team were junior Joe Zulli (Bellmawr, NJ/Paul VI), freshman Michael Nauss (Bellmawr, NJ/Paul VI) and senior John Goff (Haddon Heights, NJ/Paul VI), shooting 79, 80 and 84, respectively.
VOLLEYBALL (0-1/0-0 NJAC)
Sophomore outside hitter Julie Grochowski (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) collected 18 digs, six kills and six blocks, but the Rutgers University-Camden volleyball team lost its opening match at Valley Forge Christian College, 30-13, 30-18 and 30-14, September 6.
The Lady Raptors also received 13 digs, two kills, two blocks and five service aces from junior Karla Maisto (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern), who along with Grochowski is serving as a co-captain this year.
Freshman setter Nikki Corsico (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) collected seven assists, two blocks, one ace, one dig and one kill, while sophomore outside hitter Bianca Skvirsky (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) had two aces, eight digs, one kill and one block.
Sophomore outside hitter Yara Khalil (Medford, NJ/Shawnee) notched five digs, and freshman outside hitter Jevon Miles (Camden, NJ/Camden Academy Charter) collected two digs and one ace.
Sat., Sept. 17 at Mule/Falcon Cross Country Invitational W: 10 a.m.