Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Around the Pitch

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Around the Pitch

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* North Bergen earned a major statement win on the road Monday when the Bruins stunned Kearny, 2-1, in a Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic League (HCIAL) Red Division game. The loss snapped a 40-game unbeaten streak (36-0-4) against Hudson County opponents that dated back to 2013 for the Kardinals (2-1-1), the two- time defending Hudson County tournament champions. Paul Montufar scored a goal off an assist from John Santin to break a 1-1 tie early in the second half for North Bergen (2-1-1). Ryan Yacovino scored early in the first half to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

* Glen Rock, under first-year coach Casey Schick, came through with two big NJIC Colonial Division victories last week. First the Panthers (3-1) edged Rutherford, 2-1, on Wednesday behind goals by John Corry and Matt Williams. Then the Panthers surprised defending Group 2 state champions Garfield, 2-1, in overtime on Friday, with Corry scoring the winning goal nine minutes into the scheduled first 10-minute sudden death extra session.

* Ramsey defeated Westwood, 3-0, in a Big North Patriot Division game on Saturday behind one goal apiece from Sean Finnegan, Tommy Fatuova and Paul Wheaton. Senior Braden Miller made three saves to record the shutout

* Midland Park coach Dan Anderson said his team has had its best start to a season since 2010. The Panthers started 4-0, before losing 2-1 to Waldwick on Tuesday night. They have been boosted by a solid sophomore class that includes Lyle Harpster and Matt Weisbrot.

* Emerson's offensive flair is well-known, but its defensive efficiency has also been important early on. Andrew Pierce, Remy Meyer and Zach Bosch are top backs for a team that allowed just one goal through four games.

* The biggest question facing Hasbrouck Heights this off-season was replacing the scoring of Ervin Gjeli, who left to play for the Albanian National team. But so far offense hasn't been much of a problem as Scott LiVecchi and Emiland Elizaj have each scored three goals through their first four games - all wins.

* Senior captain George Nadirashvili has sparked the turnaround for Hawthorne. …

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