Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pompton Gets out of the Starting Gate in Style

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pompton Gets out of the Starting Gate in Style

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Pompton Lakes is off to a quick start, fueled by excellent balance and quality depth on offense and defense.

The Cardinals improved to 5-0-1 on Monday when they edged Rutherford, 2-1, on a goal by Jackson Hayes with 1:30 remaining. On Saturday, Pompton Lakes defeated previously unbeaten Hawthorne, 1- 0, on a goal by Carlo Gonzalez late in the final half.

The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Gonzalez, a junior forward and a second- team All-Passaic County selection a year ago, is one of the top offensive weapons in North Jersey. He has five goals for Pompton Lakes, which leads the NJIC Colonial. Every other team in the division has at least three losses compared to zero for the Cardinals.

"Carlo has tremendous speed and is very explosive. His ability to find the back of the net even when being double- and triple-teamed is amazing," said Pompton Lakes coach Rob Edgar. "He finds open space and is able to free himself up for opportunities even against the toughest defenders. It's a simple game, really, but it works."

Another key force for Pompton Lakes, which has outscored its six opponents, 16-5, is Hayes. He is a senior captain and center/ midfielder.

"Jackson truly has a tireless work ethic," said Edgar, who has only one losing season as he enters his ninth year at the Cardinals' helm. "He makes smart decisions and he always seems to know at exactly what space on the field he needs to be to give us our best chance for success."

Pompton Lakes has a four-game schedule this week. The first game was the win over Rutherford on Monday, following by a big matchup at Glen Rock (5-1) today. Then comes a game at Elmwood Park (2-6) on Friday, and that is followed by a Passaic County tournament home game against 15th-seeded Eastside on Saturday.

Seventh-seeded Pompton Lakes is seeking to advance deep in the tourney, which it has not won.

After losing two starters to graduation, Pompton Lakes has a solid mix of experience and youth with seven seniors, eight juniors and four sophomores.

Other major contributors include Mike Magyar, junior center/ midfielder; Luis Herrera, a senior forward; sophomore midfielder Bobby Jenkin, sophomore forward Yianni Ekonomides, senior center/ back Antonio Abbattiscianni and junior goaltender Jason Dubrovich. …

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