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2021 NJCU Women’s Soccer Schedule
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The New Jersey City University women’s soccer team is the first Gothic Knights’ program to begin its road back to normalcy as the squad released its official schedule for the upcoming 2021 season, its sixth under the direction of head coach Anthony Tuesta.
The Gothic Knights, led by a?returning trio of All-New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) standouts in First Team honoree forward Kim Brites (Carteret, N.Jhttps://njcugothicknights.com/news/2021/6/28/Carteret), along with Honorable Mention selections Arame Diouf (Weehawken, N.Jhttps://njcugothicknights.com/news/2021/6/28/Memorial) and Victoria Gil (South River, N.Jhttps://njcugothicknights.com/news/2021/6/28/South River), are looking to follow up a strong abbreviated 2020-21 campaign in which they finished just shy of a berth to the Conference Quarterfinal round following NJCU’s first NJAC Tournament competition since the 2011 season.
The year starts off with five consecutive non-conference matches — the Gothic Knights, like many institutions around the nation, did not compete against a single non-conference opponent during the 2020-21 academic year — including four in the friendly confines of the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field at the Thomas M. Gerrity Athletic Complex in Jersey City. NJCU starts off at home against the College of Mount Saint Vincent on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 1 — the squad is riding a four-match winning streak against the Dolphins, most recently a 5-2 victory at McNulty Field?in 2019. Up next on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 4, NJCU hosts Saint Elizabeth University as the owner of a five-match series’ winning streak, most recently besting the Eagles on the road in 2019. The three-match homestand ends with Cedar Crest College coming to town on Monday afternoon, Sept. 6. The Falcons and Gothic Knights had faced one another in five straight seasons from 2015-19 before last season put the hex on that. The pair resume its series with NJCU holding a 4-0-1 record including a 5-2 win in 2019.
NJCU then hits the road to Purchase, N.Y., for a Saturday afternoon, Sept. 11, match at Manhattanville College for its first game against the Valiants since 2006. The Gothic Knights then quickly return home on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 12, for the first of four straight at McNulty Field?and play host to St. Joseph’s College-L.I.. as they look to avenge their most recent loss in 2019. Then NJAC play gets underway on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 18, when Stockton University comes to town. NJCU looks for its first win against the Ospreys, who opted out of the 2020-21 abbreviated campaign. Next comes a pair of home non-conference matches on Monday, Sept. 20, and Wednesday, Sept. 22, against the City College of New York and Brooklyn College, respectively. The Knights have won eight straight against CCNY, most recently 5-2 in 2018, and have topped the Bulldogs in two straight, including 9-0 in 2017, their last meeting.
Saturday, Sept. 25, marks the first road NJAC match of the year for the Gothic Knights as they travel to Montclair State University. In search of their first win over the Red Hawks since 2010, they nearly bested MSU this past season in the opener, falling 2-1 despite a stellar first goal from Brites via a header off a corner — nominated for 2020-21 NJCU Play of the Year. But then its right back home for another conference match, this time against Rutgers-Newark University on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 29. The squad looks for its first W over the Scarlet Raiders since 2016, however the two did not compete as Rutgers opted out of the 2020-21 season. The Gothic Knights cap off a trio of NJAC games in Glassboro, N.J., at Rowan University on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 2. The programs most recently faced off in 2019 as the Profs also opted out of the 2020-21 campaign.
A brief respite at home follows as NJCU hosts non-conference foe John Jay College on Monday afternoon, Oct. 4. The squad owns the 4-1 series lead, but looks to avenge its most recent loss to the Bloodhounds, a 3-2 defeat at home in 2018. Then its back to NJAC play, including two straight on the road. First its off to Ewing, N.J. to face The College of New Jersey on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 9, and then its over to Union, N.J. for a Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 13, meeting with Kean University — NJCU?tied with the Cougars in last season’s NJAC First Round but fell to them?4-3 in penalties following 110 minutes of scoreless play as Kean advanced to the Quarterfinals. Rutgers-Camden University then comes to Jersey City on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 16, for NJCU Senior Day. The squad last topped the Scarlet Raptors in 2016 and 2017.
The final non-conference match of the regular-season will be in Brooklyn against Pratt Institute on Wednesday, Oct. 20, for the first-ever meeting between the two programs. On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 23, in Mahwah, N.J., the Gothic Knights take on Ramapo College. The two teams tied in 2019 and NJCU last won in 2017, however the squad came close to a win in 2020-21, tied 1-1 all the way into the 77th minute before falling 2-1. The regular-season comes to an end at McNulty Field against William Paterson University on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 27. The Gothic Knights played the Pioneers tough to a 2-1 loss and look for their first series’ win since 2011.
The NJAC Tournament begins on Saturday, Oct. 30, with the First Round, followed by the Semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 3, and the Finals on Saturday, Nov. 6. The 2021 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship will take place at various hosts sites in late-November/early-December, with the Final Four taking place in Greensboro, N.C., on the campus of the UNC-Greensboro from Dec. 3-4.
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