UNION, N.J. (10/10/16) – The Kean University men's soccer team shut out its third-straight opponent in a 3-0 home win over Hunter College on Monday night. The Cougars now have 12 victories on the year.
Early on, Hunter (7-6-1) nearly scored on the game's first shot in the opening minute. Both teams threatened early in the game, but goaltenders Bryce Horn and Paul AlainYovoh Tenfoung were up to the challenge each time.
After most of the tight, scoreless first half had been played, the Cougars got on the board with five minutes to go before the break. Larry Abanilla and Carmine Colasurdo sprinted ahead of the Hawk defense. Abanillia (pictured left) was in the box near the goal line where he was clearly fouled by a Hunter defender. Mateo Castro Arias converted the penalty kick for the only goal of the half for either side.
Just six minutes into the second half, Robert Barrera stole the ball to set up a pretty goal. He fed the ball to Kazari Trought near the goal line, who crossed it to Kenny Rocha for a header goal at 51:22. Both Trought and Barrera earned assists on the goal.
Later on, a long shot by Alex Noriega from over 60 yards out was pushed aside on a very good play under the crossbar by Terfoung. It was inches from being a spectacular score. Pablo Valle also hit the post late in the game in another good Cougar scoring chance.
Colasurdo set up the final Kean goal of the evening with a long volley into the box from 30 yards out right on target to Kamsi Udodi, who headed the ball in from just inside the 18 for his second goal of the year.
Horn, the reigning NJAC Defensive Player of the Week, increased his scoreless streak to 181 minutes with his third consecutive shutout victory. After allowing four shots in the first half, the Kean defense held Hunter without a single shot in the second half and outshot the Hawks 28-4 overall.
The Cougars will wrap up their four-game homestand on Wednesday with an NJAC date against New Jersey City University at 7:30 p.m.