Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Emerson Rolls on into Final

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Emerson Rolls on into Final

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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS - The clock wasn't operating, so there was no real way of telling how much time had expired - or how much time remained.

But it was not a problem for Emerson on Tuesday in its North 1, Group 1 boys soccer semifinal.

"The clock doesn't matter to us," said Emerson coach Jeremy Truppi. "My guys play from the minute the whistle is blown to start the game to the end. It doesn't matter what."

The Cavos showed Hasbrouck Heights that they really didn't need a clock, because they scored two minutes into the game, scored with 10 seconds left before halftime and scored again two minutes into the second half on the way to a 5-1 rout.

Emerson advances to the sectional final against Waldwick.

Just two minutes in, junior forward Jack Dunican continued his postseason run with a goal between two defenders to give the Cavos (18-4) the lead for good. Twenty-five minutes later, Ray Clouse took a pass from Stephen Pistachio and knocked it in for a 2-0 lead.

The Aviators were without starting goalkeeper Seth Remo (ill). So midfielder Joe Terreri had to put on the goalie jersey, slap on the gloves and head to the net.

"In all fairness to Joe, he hadn't played goalie since August," said Hasbrouck Heights coach Vinnie Marchese. "That was very tough to handle going into the game. Seth is the backbone of our team."

The Aviators (13-4-3) did manage to cut the lead in half when Ervin Gjeli, the team's top goal scorer, made a 20-yard run with the ball and fired a shot from 15 yards out that went off the post and past Cavos netminder Jake Leara to slice the lead to 2-1.

But the Cavos found an answer right before halftime.

Dunican scored again, making two acrobatic moves in front of the goal to get to the ball and fired it to the lower left side of Terreri. No one was aware of the time remaining, until the referee blew his whistle signifying that the first half was over soon after Dunican scored. …

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