The players and coaches of the Jersey Express were all well aware of the convincing victory against Westchester two weeks ago
NEWARK – The players and coaches of the Jersey Express were all well aware of the convincing victory against Westchester two weeks ago. But while the dominant outcome was still fresh within their minds, they also knew better than to take Wednesday night’s match for granted.
“We took this game as if we had never played them before,” Express coach Anderson Da Silva said. “We wanted to apply pressure right away, but we wanted to keep it simple and have control of the game. It was a very, very good first half to start and it couldn’t be better.”
Rather than play down to the level of competition, the Express erupted for four goals in the first 20 minutes as they rolled to a 7-0 victory at NJIT’s Lubetkin Field.
Christopher Karcz led the way, scoring three first half goals for the Express, who moved into a first place in the Mid-Atlantic Division standings with Long Island. Juan Correa added two goals and William Da Silva chipped in with a pair of assists in the opening half. It marked the second seven-goal win over Westchester this season, the other, an 8-1 triumph on June 10.
“We looked good today. We tried to play simple and when we did play simple with the one-two touches, we really looked good at times,” said Karcz, who added a second half assist. “We got everybody involved, a lot of chances, a lot of goals. It’s fun playing a game like this when everyone’s playing together and everyone’s clicking.”
Karcz put the Express (6-2-1) in front just 4:51 into the contest when he received a Carlos Vitor Alvarenga cross, then juked the keeper for a goal into an open net. Correa added to the lead 2:34 later when he jumped gathered possession of an errant clearing attempt by keeper Alex Kiourkenidis and blasted a shot from 25 yards out to make it 2-0.
Correa made it 3-0 when he buried home a rebound in the 18th minute and Karcz made it a four-goal game when he scored off a William DaSilva feed in the 20th minute.
“I feel we were better than them, but every game is hard. If you don’t finish some of your chances, maybe another team gets that goal and you can tie or lose,” Karcz said. “It’s definitely important to get up early and when you get your chances to finish them.”
Karcz completed the hat trick in the 38th minute, heading in a DaSilva corner kick
“We didn’t have Chris last game. He makes a difference,” Da Silva said. “He shows up in front of the goal all of the time on first balls. He has the speed to help mark the middle. (Correa) is an individual that makes a difference. He’s very creative, he’s very unpredictable. We’re fortunate to have both of them on the team.”
Sevag Kherlopian and Alvarenga added second half goals for the Express, who outshot the visiting Flames 19-4. Matthew Turner (one save) and Patric Pray (no saves) combined on the shutout while Kiourkenidis made five saves for Westchester.