Wayne, N.J. (10/7/17) – The Kean University men's soccer team edged William Paterson University by the final of 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars were on the offensive first, taking the 1-0 upper hand in the seventh minute when senior Eder Solano gathered a bouncing ball in the upper right corner of the box and sent a one-timer into the opposite pocket of the goal for the early advantage.
The Pioneers (9-3-1, 3-2 NJAC) evened it up in the 52nd minute on a bullet of shot off the foot of JP Gonzales. Taking a pass out of the box from sophomore midfielder Dromo Quaye, Gonzales sized up the shot and nestled it into the upper-left corner of the frame, tying the game at one apiece.
WP threatened with a series of shots over the next 15 minutes, although Kean regained the lead for good in the 71st minute when junior forward Vinceroy Nelson took a through ball from Solano and beat WP senior goalkeeper Tim Morris to the left post.
Morris helped keep the Pioneers deficit to just one. In the 41st minute, he made a fully-extended dive to deflect the shot of junior midfielder Nicholas Sica, and then in the 82nd minute he raced back into the box after being pulled out of position and beat Kean's Nelson by punching wide a header attempt.
The Pioneers had a couple of good chances in the second half, although junior goalkpeer Derek Phells was there to stifle the opportunities. Quaye responded just minutes after Gonzales' goal with a powerful shot from inside the box that Phells punched aside. Sophomore Keysean Brant-Sharp put two more shots on goal in the successive minutes, one that sailed high and another that Phells defended as the clocked began to tick off in Kean's favor.
Phells finished the game with four saves.