Total team effort; NYU-Poly shuts out John Jay

Turgut picks up second straight shutout

Brooklyn, NY - Last year John Jay College soundly defeated NYU-Poly 4-0. Oh what a difference a year makes! 

The new look Jays put together a solid team effort, playing 90 minutes of determined soccer and picking up a huge 2-0 win. During much of this team's successful start, it has been freshmen leading the way, but on this night it was the senior's stealing the spotlight.  Volkan Turgut (Rochester, NY / Bishop Kearny) notched his second straight shutout and Diego Schwartz (Rego Park, NY / Forest Hills HS) scored his second game-winning goal of the season to lead NYU-Poly (5-4). The win ties a NYU-Poly record for most wins in a season.

NYU-Poly took the lead in the 38th minute when freshmen defender Gursimran Toor (East Meadow, NY / East Meadow HS) broke free on an overlapping run and layed off the ball to Schwartz. The senior turned and struck a 25 yard rocket into the net above the reach of Bloodhounds keeper Chris Adao. For Toor, it was his first collegiate point. Just four minutes later, NYU-Poly would survive a scare when Fred Byrne (Mantua, NJ / Clearview Regional HS) took down John Jay forward Kemar Brown in the box. But Brown skied his shot over the crossbar and the teams went into haltime with NYU-Poly up 1-0.

The Jays came out fired up in the second and simply controlled every aspect of the game for the final 45 minutes. Nick Michalczewski (Miami, FL / Chaminade Madenna HS) sealed the victory with his team-leading third goal of the season; a diving header goal off of sophomore Adam Lakawicz's (Butler, NJ / Butler HS) corner kick in the 68th minute. For Lakawicz, it was the second straight game he assisted off a corner kick.

NYU-Poly outshot John Jay 15-8 for the match and 9-2 in the second half. Turgut made four saves while Adao stopped seven shots. NYU-Poly led in corners 2-1. Currently, the Jays own a 195 minute shutout streak of their opponents, 11 minutes shy of a NYU-Poly record.

The Jays head out to Scranton, PA this weekend for a match with Marywood University at 1:00pm.