Rene White Scores Hat Trick in NJIT’s 3-2 Come-From-Behind Win vs. Saint Francis U in Overtime


NJIT is now one of only eight teams among NCAA Division I teams with a 4-0 record after Wednesday's victory over the Red Flash. This marks the best start for the Highlanders, since the 2017 season, when the Highlanders began the season, 5-0-1. White, who did not play last season due to injury and combined for six goals during his freshman campaign, scored a goal in the first and second periods, including the golden goal in the first overtime, for the first-ever hat trick in the Division I era for the men's soccer program (first season 2004). White tallied his first goal in the 44th minute, assisted by sophomore Pablo Jimenez, 89th minute on a penalty kick and 99th minute from inside the box, assisted by Hugo Espuela to seal the match. The Highlander forward from Bloomfield, NJ, scored the golden goal at 98:52, after graduate student Jack Flanagan fed the ball to sophomore Hugo Espuela down the left wing. Espuela carried the ball into the 18 and rolled a pass to the redshirt sophomore striker inside the box for the 3-2 victory.

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