NEWARK, N.J. -- In Sunday's 2019 ASUN Conference Men's Soccer Championship Semifinal action, No. 1 NJIT defeated No. 4 Stetson 3-2 on Lubetkin Field at Mal Simon Stadium in Newark, N.J. The Highlanders, 9-4-4 on the season, advance to the championship final for the first time in program history.
In the 15th minute of the match, Alejandro Rabell put the Highlanders on the board after a back and forth in the box with Thomas Radon. NJIT held the 1-0 lead for the remainder of the first half. Scoring in the second half started quickly as NJIT's Rene White, the ASUN Player of the Year, netted his 17th goal of the season from an Andrew Nino assist in the 48th minute. Seconds later, Stetson's Lewis Scattergood answered White's goal to cut the Highlander lead in half. In the 81st minute, Regsan Watkins netted the insurance goal for the Highlanders on Radon's second assist of the match. Sebastian Chalbaud added an additional goal for the Hatters in the 89th minute.
Thomas Radon intercepted a pass from a Stetson defender then sent a pass to Regsan Watkins in the box. Watkins put a shot past the Hatter keeper for the NJIT insurance goal.
- 14:16 - NJIT's Alejandro Rabell (Thomas Radon)
- 47:29 - NJIT's Rene White (Andrew Nino)
- 48:05 - SU's Lewis Scattergood (Chris DeGance)
- 80:21 - NJIT's Regsan Watkins (Thomas Radon)
- 88:20 - SU's Sebastian Chalbaud (Gabriel Diniz)
Inside The Box Score
- Stetson outshot NJIT in the first half seven to four and but the teams both ended the match with 12 apiece.
- NJIT's Samuel Reisgys tallied five saves while Lute Lillo-Portero recorded three for Stetson.
- The teams combined for a total of 24 fouls in the match (Stetson 15, NJIT 9).
- Today's five goals were the most scored in a Championship semifinal match since 2016 (FGCU 3, Lipscomb 2).
News & Notes
- NJIT's Rene White is now tied for the most goals in the nation with 17 on the season.
- The Highlanders are just the second No. 1 seed to advance to the championship final in the last six years (Lipscomb, 2018).
- This was the first meeting between these two programs in ASUN Championship history.
- NJIT improves to 7-1-1 in its last nine matches.
- With his three saves today, Lillo-Portero ups his league-leading total to 74.
Top-seeded NJIT advances to battle No. 2 FGCU in the ASUN Championship Final Saturday, Nov. 16, on Lubetkin Field at Mal Simon Stadium in Newark, N.J. The match will be broadcast live on the ESPN+. Stetson finishes the 2019 season with an 8-10-2 record.
ABOUT THE ASUN
The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.