Sometimes a team just has their opponent’s number and that case could certainly be made for the South Brunswick High School boys soccer team against Old Bridge this season after Tuesday’s game between the teams in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
The third-seeded Vikings dethroned the sixth-seeded Knights for a third time this season, 4-1, and will make their third straight GMCT semifinals appearance on Thursday night against tenth-seeded Edison at 8 p.m. at Woodbridge High School.
“It’s weird how different matchups work out,” South Brunswick coach Chris Hayston said. “You look at Old Bridge – they beat East Brunswick once, probably should have beat them (twice), they beat Monroe twice. We’ve certainly struggled against Monroe and East Brunswick, and for whatever reason, I just think matchup wise, Old Bridge we’ve had some success against.”
South Brunswick (13-5-1) has won five straight, of which the past four they’ve had talented senior forward Kyle Goodwin, who was a Home News Tribune All-Area first team selection for the Vikings as a sophomore in 2011, added to the mix after he started school at South Brunswick in early October after being overseas in Portugal.
“With Kyle up top it’s a lot easier because it frees up space for me and other players because he’s a great player and (defenders) flock to him,” said senior Tommy Dorsay, who scored twice in the win, scoring the opening goal in the 23rd minute and knocking in the capper in the 73rd minute on a cross from Goodwin.”
Dorsay has transitioned from being a forward to playing the midfield with Goodwin now being that threat up top, as he has fit in nicely with the team.
“I think I fit in pretty well because I haven’t had any problems with any of my teammates and I think we’re (playing) collectively, we’re not having just one person doing all the work,” Goodwin said. “We’re actually working as a team and learning to do different things with the ball and making space with what we have and I think it gives more players space to dribble with the ball because I have two or three defenders on me, so then other people can have chances to score, not just me.”
South Brunswick led 2-0 at halftime, as they also scored on an own goal in the 27th minute.
Harrison Kudwitt extended the South Brunswick lead to 3-0 in the 54th minute before Old Bridge (10-11) made it 3-1 in the 57th minute as Tyler Mazza scored on a feed from Lou Petrozziello.
Erich Kaiser made seven saves for South Brunswick while Old Bridge’s Chris Botros stopped 10 shots, as South Brunswick eyes a return to the GMCT finals where they lost 2-1 to Monroe last season and stand just one more win away from getting to that stage.
“We’re going to have to just keep working hard,” Dorsay said. “This is a step to a championship and that’s what we’re going for our ultimate goal – to win a county title.”