East Brunswick boys soccer defeats South Plainfield

East Brunswick boys soccer defeats South Plainfield

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East Brunswick boys soccer defeats South Plainfield

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EAST BRUNSWICK

Monday’s game that pitted the East Brunswick and South Plainfield High School boys soccer teams featured the only two unbeaten teams remaining in the Greater Middlesex Conference.

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The teams entered a combined 11-0-1 on the young season and in first place in their respective divisions, while South Plainfield also had not allowed a goal through its first six games.

East Brunswick made sure that changed.

The Bears answered early with a seventh-minute goal on junior Alex Mora’s header, albeit with a little controversy, and added another first half goal before putting the game away with two second half scores as East Brunswick put forth a convincing 4-0 shutout victory to hand South Plainfield its first loss of the season.

“Getting an early goal or two I think is a key thing in a game like this,” East Brunswick coach Terry McKibbin said. “It takes a little pressure off, allows you to focus on playing defense, and we got a couple (goals) in the first half, which I was happy about. And then we closed it out in the second half.”

After Anik Ray’s header hit straight off the crossbar off a deflection, Mora was in the right spot at the right time inside the box to head in the rebound.

“It looked like the goalie hit (the ball) and it hit the yellow (post), but it didn’t hit the white (post), and I just dove in and headed it to the corner,” Mora said.

The officials though initially ruled Ray’s header hit off the yellow crossbar of the field goal post directly above the soccer goal crossbar, but after a discussion, made what appeared to be the correct call and allowed the goal, the first one against South Plainfield (5-1-1) all season.

“A little skeptical on the first goal, but that’s kind of what happens when we come here,” South Plainfield coach Tony Perfilio said. “It’s the first goal we let up all season and I was wondering what was going to happen, and our guys put their heads down a little bit. But give it to (East Brunswick), they’re a very, very good team.”

East Brunswick (7-0) scored again in the 25th minute to take a 2-0 lead when junior Adam Rosa struck a beautifully placed left-footed ball from nearly 40 yards out on an assist from Noah Levine.

Kevin Walsh added to the Bears scoring in the 49th minute off assists from Mora and Keysean Brant-Sharp while Rosa capped off the scoring in the 66th minute, playing a cross from Josh Barkoff.

Junior keeper Dennis Kotenko made three saves for the shutout for East Brunswick while the Tigers’ Kyle Dennis stopped seven shots.

Despite the setback on Monday, Perfilio remains upbeat about the success his young team has fared so far this season as South Plainfield starts a freshman, a few sophomores, and plays only one senior.

“It’s fun, it’s a good season,” Perfilio said. “They have a lot of confidence and I think they’re getting more confidence as time goes. I think they came here and I don’t think they came in with the confidence they probably should have, so if we ever see them again, they know how (East Brunswick) plays and hopefully we give them a little better game.”

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