Boys soccer wins sectional title with defeat over B-R


Peter Warren

photos by Peter Warren
The boys soccer won the Group IV, North II sectional title over Bridgewater-Raritan by a score of 3-1 at Wexler Field on Nov. 10.
The title was the 19th under Raider head coach Tom Breznitsky and the program’s second in the last three years.
“It feels great,” Breznitsky said. “Anytime you win a championship it feels great. Winning championships never ever gets old. If it gets old, you should no longer be coaching.
In the second half, the Raiders broke the 1-1 tie with junior defender Jack Brady knocked in a corner kick.
The Raiders then added an insurance goal when a John Murphy shot took a deflection off of a Panther defender and into the back of the net for the goal.
The Raiders first got on the board with 12 minutes left in the first half. Murphy took a free kick that hit off the crossbar. Junior Tommy DeVizio headed the loose ball towards the goal and senior captain Ryan Peterson slammed the ball past the keeper to put the Raiders up.
Bridgewater-Raritan came right back and a minute later and Dominick Demcak scored their only goal.
“We won the ball back really quickly and we were able to get a lot of time on the ball,” Peterson said. “The defensive work was just really great from everyone.”
The key defensive play of the game was made by senior Andrew Murray four minutes into the game when he dispossessed a Panther attacker who had a one-on-one with Andrew’s brother forthcoming.
The Raiders next play the Kearny Kardinals in the state semifinal at Somerville High School on Tues. Nov. 15 with the winner earning a spot in the Group IV state title game.