By FC Monmouth
FC Monmouth (2-1-1) scored a club-record 11 goals Saturday night as it defeated Torch FC (1-1-0) 11-1 to win its second straight game.
FC Monmouth started quickly, recording three shots in the first ten minutes. The third began the scoring as forward Jacob Rubinstein’s first shot of the season resulted in his first goal. Roughly six minutes later, he recorded an assist on a goal from forward Walter Calderon to double the FC Monmouth lead. The scoring kept coming at a blistering pace, as Rubinstein found the back of the net in the 18th minute off a feed from midfielder David Nigro.
Calderon scored two more goals in the 25th and 28th minute, and Nigro got his first of the season in the 36th to make the lead 6-0. Torch FC was able to get one on the board before halftime on an own goal from FC Monmouth, which was the only goal allowed by the home side.
“It was a great game, obviously the result is as good as it gets,” Rubinstein said. “Aside from that, we played really well. The boys were moving the ball really well, so there are definitely a lot of positives. That’s two wins in a row, so we are trending upwards and looking good. Any time with a new team, new season, and a lot of new players, it’s good to get the first couple games under our belt to get everyone together.”
FC Monmouth kept the goals coming after the break, as Calderon scored twice in the opening five minutes. Ten minutes later, Torch FC started to create some opportunities, recording three straight shots. Shortly after, Calderon recorded his sixth goal of the game on a free kick to make the score 9-1. An own goal in the 75th minute increased the margin to nine, and midfielder Pio Schiano-Lomoriello scored in the 90th minute for the record 11th goal of the night for FC Monmouth.
“The guys were very efficient today,” FC Monmouth assistant coach John Killick said. “They connected the passes, finished when they needed to, and defended well. Having [Bryant] Knibbs definitely makes a big difference in the back.”
FC Monmouth became the first NPSL club to score 11 goals since July 12, 2019. They are also the first Keystone Conference club to score ten or more goals since June 18, 2017.
“It’s good to be a part of something historic,” FC Monmouth assistant coach Peter-John Falloon said. “For a soccer team to score 11 goals in one game, you can’t ask for more from the guys. The guys went out there and they played well. Coach Woods has been working them really hard. He just wants the best from them and they showed their best today. You can’t ask for any more in terms of a team performance.”
Photo Credit: Mike Langish