METUCHEN, N.J. – New Jersey Copa FC finds itself in a lofty position as its men’s and women’s teams are atop their conferences within their respective leagues.
The men lead the National Premier Soccer League’s Keystone Conference, while the women top the United Women’s Soccer Eastern Conference.
“This is a truly amazing achievement,” head coach Roberto Aguas said. “In year two of our club’s existence, we have both our men and our women sitting atop the table in their conferences. Both teams are in excellent positions to make even deeper post-season runs than we did 2016, which saw the UWS women in the inaugural national championship and the NPSL men in the regional championships.”
The NJCFC women earned the top spot in the Eastern Conference after 2-1 victory over their archrivals, the Long Island Rough Riders, one of only two clubs that has handed the Jersey side a loss. Last Sunday NJCFC secured a win over LIRR off of a deep bomb of a shot from left back Alana O’Neill followed by a penalty kick from forward Jeanine Nuñez.
The women are at 6-1-1 and sits atop the conference above New England Mutiny (5-2-0) and New York Surf (4-2-2). In its next match-up, NJCFC will take on the second-place Mutiny Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Saint John Vianney High School. NJCFC will meet Lancaster Inferno in Pennsylvania to finish off the regular season July 8.
“The 2017 season has seen a tremendous amount of growth from this team,” associate head coach J.R. Balzarini said. “With two games left in our regular season schedule, we need to continue to get better every day, put in the work and keep our eyes on the prize.”
Following a hard-fought 1-1 tie against archrivals Clarkstown Sunday, the men are tied with West Chester United. NJ overcame a 1-0 deficit as Ryan Campbell found the equalizer to earn the side a point.
Sitting on a 5-1-2 record, the men have two games remaining in the regular season schedule, which will determine their spot in playoffs. They will play a dangerous Buxmont Torch team, which is behind NJCFC in the conference rankings Saturday before traveling to the Junior Lone Star FC July 8.
“This weekend is huge for us,” associate head coach Billy Englishby said. “Throughout the good days and the bad, this group of players has come together and consistently put the team first in everything they do. We’re really looking forward to continuing to prove ourselves in these next two critical match-ups.”