When Westfield visits Wexler Field to take on border rival Scotch Plains-Fanwood in boys soccer, the stakes are raised. And in one of the better playing atmospheres around the Garden State, the visiting Blue Devils escaped with a 1-0 road victory Tuesday afternoon in Blue Devils’ rookie coach Eric Shaw’s first go-round in the series.
Alik Morgan sailed a long ball on net in the 92nd minute that beat Raiders keeper Dan Korduba to stake Westfield, No. 7 in the Courier News Top 10, to a 2-1 record.
Blue Devils keeper Koryn Kraemer played an exceptional game, making several remarkable stops, and finished with nine saves.
Each team had their chances, and (Kraemer) really kept us in the game,” said Shaw. “It was a great high school soccer game and a great atmosphere. Our boys handled themselves well in adverse conditions.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood, ranked atop the Courier News Top 10, dropped to 3-1.
Bridgewater-Raritan 1, Hillsborough 0 (OT): Andrew Masur served Nate Race in overtime as Bridgewater-Raritan dealt Hillsborough its first loss. Ahmit Mohan returned after sustaining a concussion and turned aside 3 shots for the Panthers (2-2). Brian Yaskowski finished with six saves for the Raiders (2-1).
Watchung Hills 3, Ridge 0: Ray Arnold, Kyle Cevallos and Max Brown accounted for Watchung Hills’ goals, and teammate Ben Roth posted two helpers. J.P. Gavin needed just two saves for the shutout and the Warriors third straight win to begin the season. Ridge is (0-4).
North Hunterdon 2, Montgomery 0: Logan Ventura scored both goals for North Hunterdon, which picked up its first win of the season (1-2).Kyle Balllinger made 10 stops for the Cougars (2-1-2).
Hunterdon Central 1, Pingry 0: Steven Collins capitalized off a feed from Nick Provenzano in the second half of action sending Hunterdon Central past Pingry for the first time in the program’s 49-year history. Cameron Zell collected eight saves for the Red Devils (3-0-1). Max Lurie stopped five attempts for the Big Blue (4-1).
Gill St. Bernard’s 10, South Hunterdon 0: The Knights charged out of the gate, scoring nine times in the game’s first 40 minutes. Steven Bednarsky (2 goals, 2 assists), Justin Durcan (2 goals, 1 assist) and Armeen Mozaffari (2 goals) were the highlighting contributors in Gill’s fourth straight win to begin the season. South Hunterdon is 0-6.
Somerville 3, Immaculata 0: Pablo Benegas finished with one goal and one assist to pace Somerville. Prince Doku and Alex Noriega provided insurance goals, while Nick Nugent stopped 11 shots for the Pioneers (4-1). Ryan Papp made nine saves for Immaculata (1-2).
Voorhees 3, Delaware Valley 0: Quinn Furnald notched one goal and one assist to spark Voorhees. Victor Nunes and Riley Parnham added goals and Will Passera stopped four shots for the Vikings (2-2) in the shutout. Delware Valley (1-3) got a seven-save effort from Kevin Mikulicz.
Rutgers Prep 2, North Plainfield 1 (OT): Medhi Ismali assisted Chigoze Atubi in the 26th minute to provide North Plainfield (2-2) with a one-goal lead. Zach Perez served Alec Aloia with four minutes left in regulation for Rutgers Prep to force overtime. Then with three to play in the second OT, Joey Battaglia scored with Perez assisting again. Kyle Rosen compiled 14 saves for the Argonauts (3-0-1).
Bernards 3, Manville 0: Zach Smith, Eddy Solis and Danny Torres were the goal scorers for Bernards. Dylan Kahn made six saves for the Mountaineers (3-0). Steven Bogantes made 20 saves for Manvile (1-2-1).
Rahway 2, Plainfield 1 (OT): Dylan Santos’ second goal of the game five minutes into overtime took Plainfield from the ranks of the unbeaten. Billy French made seven saves for the Indians (2-2). Oliver Korngor had the lone tally for the Cardinals (3-1-1).
South Brunswick 3, Old Bridge 1: Michael Baron scored of a service from Lou Petrozelli in the 35th minute giving Old Bridge (1-4) the lead. South Brunswick responded with three second-half goals. Tommy Dorsay found the back of the net in the 45th and 60th minute, respectively, while Tommy Tuskey scored the difference-maker in with 25 minutes to play for the Vikings (2-0-1).
East Brunswick 4, North Brunswick 1: Jesse Stabinski, Kevin Walsh, Dominic Bohorquez and Adam Rosa were the goal scorers for East Brunswick. Anik Ray added two assists to the effort from the Bears (4-0). Lucas Gomes gave North Brunswick (1-2-1) the inital lead in the first half.
J.P. Stevens 4, New Brunswick 0: Sid Hariharan posted a hat trick while Nkosi Punch provided one goal and two assists sending J.P. Stevens. Sridhar Sriram’s two saves were enough for a Hawks (1-1) shutout. David Cruz stopped 10 shots for New Brunswick (1-3).
South Plainfield 1, Sayreville 0 (OT): Jose Guardado assisted Josue Cevallos for the game’s only score as South Plainfield improved to 4-0. Connor Drabik made eight saves for Sayreville (2-2).
Summit 2, New Providence 0: Summit scored in each half to foil New Providence (1-1).
Bound Brook 1, Belvidere 0: Christopher Cisneros scored in the first half and Bernal Salazar made eight saves to boost Bound Brook (2-2).