Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Memorable First Goal

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Memorable First Goal

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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS -- Sam Berman was sitting back all season just biding his time. Apparently, the sophomore from Ramsey wanted to make his first goal of the season count.

Berman took a short pass from Tim Curran and buried his shot four minutes into the first overtime Sunday as Ramsey stunned sixth- seeded Waldwick, 2-1, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Bergen County boys soccer tournament.

The Rams will face defending champion and third-seeded Ramapo in the quarterfinals.

"It was amazing," Berman said. "I want to score, but it's not about me. It's about the team. I'm just happy it was today."

Berman ran down a pass near the end line on the right side of the goal as Waldwick keeper Dan Walsh came out to contest it. Then the Ramsey sophomore peeled off toward the front of the goal as Curran came in and controlled the ball to get it to Berman, who stunned the crowd by burying the game-winner.

"Tim stepped in right before the goalkeeper got there," Berman said.

"He's usually the guy who does a lot of the possessing for us and distributes the ball to other guys," Ramsey coach Jamie Philips said of Berman.

But this time, against a prolific Waldwick offense, the Rams were in need of a goal.

After a scoreless first half, it was unseeded Ramsey that drew first blood as James Tesoriero jumped on a loose ball in the box and scored to give the Rams the lead just three minutes in.

But Waldwick came right back seven minutes later on a nice goal in traffic from Chris Cameron to tie the score at 1.

That's how it stayed as Waldwick's Ryan Sweeney made a great run into the corner, only to see a perfect cross through the box go untouched and Ramsey's Jack Dugan hit the post.

"We knew we had to stop [top scorers Dennis and Jostin Reyes], and I think we did a good job doing that," Philips said. "Then we had to take it to them. We had been tested, so I thought we had a good shot in a close game. …

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