A little over a month ago, the RCSJ-Cumberland Dukes Men's Soccer team was still trying to find its footing under new head coach, Giuseppe Lamberti. On October 21, Cumberland traveled to Bucks County to take on the Centurions in an EPAC/GSAC showdown. Despite numerous scoring chances for the Dukes, Bucks would hold on for a 1-0 victory, sending Cumberland home with a very disappointing defeat. That disappointment would fuel Cumberland to one of the best stretches in program history as they were finish the regular season 8-1-1, that included a 6-game winning streak. That streak would earn them the 5th seed and a trip back to the Newtown, PA campus with a rematch against the 4th seeded Centurions.
This time around, the Dukes would capitalize on those scoring chances beginning in the 27th minute with a goal by Nicolo Monacelli. Francesco Bonometti would follow that up with two goals of his own with a tally in the 34th minute and another at the 48 minute mark. After Bucks got on the board with a goal at the 55th minute, Bonometti would cement himself as the Man of the Match with his 3rd goal of the game to complete his hat trick. Higor Barbieri would add a goal in the 74th minute to ice it for the Dukes. Barbieri would also have two assists in the game.
The 1st round playoff was the first postseason game for Dukes Men's Soccer since 2015 and the victory is its first since 2011. They move on to play the top-seeded Camden County Cougars on Saturday, November 2 on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 AM. The winner earns the right to head to the NJCAA National Tournament in Herkimer, NY, November 14-17.