Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knights Enjoying Milestone Season

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knights Enjoying Milestone Season

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Bergen Tech hit a milestone when it pulled down the fourth seed in the Bergen County boys soccer tournament, which begins with first round games Thursday.

"That's the highest we have ever been in this tournament," longtime coach Nelson Ramirez said.

The Knights (9-0) have wins over Clifton, Wayne Hills and Fair Lawn in their past five games.

They've been spreading the scoring around with players like Daniel Zehirov, Jeremy Schwartz and Klevis Zyfi each around five or six goals this season. Ramirez particularly has been happy with the play of John Faciolince and Kenny Wong on the back line, and Jeremy Park in the midfield.

BRACKET BUSTER: Bergen Tech could face a major roadblock with a possible second-round matchup against red-hot Bergenfield (4-3-2). The Bears have gone 4-0-2 over their past six with wins over Ramapo and Ridgewood and a tie with Northern Highlands to earn their way into the tournament. They play at North Arlington (7-1-1) in a first- round game Thursday with the winner facing Bergen Tech on Sunday. Last year Bergen Catholic got hot at the right time, battling out of the first round with four straight upset wins to reach the county final.

ON THE MARCH: Just like Bergenfield, Fair Lawn won its way into the tournament with five wins in its past six to improve to 6-5 at the cutoff date and earn a look from the seeding committee. Ribhe Huzein scored six of his eight goals and Aleksandr Markenzon had all four of his in that stretch as the Cutters outscored their opponents, 18-6. Fair Lawn's only loss during the streak was a tough 2-1 loss on the road against unbeaten and fourth-seeded Bergen Tech. The Cutters host Park Ridge (5-3) in a first-round game Thursday with the winner facing top-seeded Cliffside Park in Sunday's second round.

HIGHWAYMEN BREAK THRO-UGH: Teaneck, which won just two games last year, got the chance to strut its stuff last week with back-to-back wins over Ridgewood (3-1) and Paramus (4-2). Carlos Clarke scored three of his five goals in the wins, and Leutrim Saiti had a goal and two assists and Nick Pinto had two goals. The wins ended a streak of four one-goal losses and a tie in five games for the Highwaymen (2-5-1). …

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