By Mike Ballard
CAMDEN - Rutgers University-Camden senior midfielder Michael Reed (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) scored a pair of goals in the opening 8:28, both assisted by junior midfielder Onur Yilmaz (Delran, NJ/Delran) to spark the Scarlet Raptors to a 5-0 victory over Rutgers-Newark in the New Jersey Athletic Conference opener for both teams here Saturday afternoon.
Rutgers-Camden improves to 3-2-1 overall and 1-0 in the NJAC, while Rutgers-Newark falls to 2-3-1 and 0-1.
Reed notched his first goal of the season at 3:17 after a corner kick by Yilmaz sailed through the goal mouth to the far left post. Reed finished off the play at the far post.
Reed scored against following a restart by Yilmaz from 40 yards out, running onto a drive into the box and one-touching a shot into the net at 8:28.
That was more than enough offense for the Scarlet Raptors, who posted their second straight win and climbed over .500 for the first time this year. Rutgers-Camden is 2-0-1 in its last three games.
Rutgers-Newark lost for the first time in four games, snapping a 2-0-1 stretch.
The Scarlet Raptors, who held a 21-7 advantage in shots, tacked on three second-half goals, with sophomore forward Andrew Dorsey (Mt. Laurel, NJ/The King’s Christian School) and junior midfielder Rob Gambino (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) assisting on each other’s goals at 57:43 and 63:22. Dorsey scored his third goal of the season after Gambino head-flicked a cross through the box to the far right post, where Dorsey tapped it in. Less than six minutes later, Dorsey sprung Gambino with a through ball around Newark sophomore goalie Matthew Johnson (Montclair, NJ/Montclair). It was Gambino’s first goal of the season.
The Raptors added their final goal at 85:05 when sophomore midfielder Neil Boghean (Mansfield, NJ/Northern Burlington) finished off a 25-yard chip into the box by junior forward Milton Suah (Trenton, NJ/Trenton Central).
Johnson collected six saves for the Scarlet Raiders. A trio of Rutgers-Camden goalies combined for the shutout, with senior David Cunningham (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Regional) playing the first 62:58 and making four saves in earning the win. Junior Brent Grunow (Estell Manor, NJ/Buena Regional) made one save in 18:59 and freshman Corey McDonough (Philadelphia, PA/Northeast Catholic) played the final 8:03, collecting his first collegiate save.
Both teams return to NJAC play Wednesday with 7 p.m. games. Rutgers-Camden travels to Rowan University, while Rutgers-Newark hosts Kean University.