HILLSIDE, NJ – The NJIT men’s soccer team continued its undefeated streak with a 3-0 shutout victory over St. Francis Brooklyn Saturday afternoon.
NJIT extended its win streak, improving to 5-0-1 in 2017, marking the best start in program history since 1975, when the Highlanders started the season 9-0. Saturday also marked the Highlanders second all-time win against the Terriers (last time NJIT defeated St. Francis Brooklyn in 2015, 3-2 over then #22-ranked St. Francis Brooklyn.
Leading the Highlanders (5-0-1) was senior forward Mamadou Guirassy, who posted a career-best five points on two goals and an assist.
The senior broke the NJIT D1 single season record with his eighth goal of the season and tied his own record for points in a season holding 17 points after six games.
Guirassy also broke the NJIT D1 record for career points, surpassing former teammate Marko Drljic (’14), accumulating 42 points. To add onto his accolades, the senior is also the national leading scorer with his eight goals.
The Highlanders had a 1-0 lead at halftime.
The first goal of the game from Guirassy in the 34th minute, when he received a pass from freshman Pablo Jimenez, beating his defender to the left and sneaking the ball past Terrier keeper Robert Bazzichetto.
NJIT piled on two more goals in the second half.
In the 53rd minute, Guirassy blasted a shot from outside the 18, that was saved by Bazzicheto and ricocheted into the area of senior co-captain Danny Cordeiro, who fired another shot that was almost blocked by a Terrier defender, but found the back of the net.
Guirassy struck again in the 62nd minute with a ball from freshman Thomas Radon. Guirassy beat his defender and the keeper to comfortably stick the ball in the far corner.
St. Francis Brooklyn (4-2), which came into the match ranked #8 in the Northeast Region and on a four-game win streak had their opportunities, tallying 11 shots to the Highlanders eight.
NJIT’s sophomore Victor Pujades and Bazzicheto posted three saves. Pujades recorded his fifth shutout and win of the season.
NJIT will return to action on September 13 when the Highlanders visit Stony Brook at 7pm.