SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD – Twins Michael and Alex Ferrara have been together all throughout their soccer lives and four-year varsity careers at Scotch Plains-Fanwood, and will continue to be next year when playing at Rowan University.
So it was only fitting that the star midfielders both landed on the Soccer Coaches' East Region All-American roster together, too.
The Ferrara twins were named to the prestigious roster Monday, after helping lead Scotch Plains-Fanwood to a stellar 20-1-3 season. In addition to the regional All-American honor, both Ferraras were named to the New Jersey coaches’ 1st Team, All-Sections group, which is comprised of the 17 best players in the state. They were also voted the top co-players in the Raiders’ designated section of Central 1.
“It’s a special feeling to receive the award with someone who is a big reason why I am there,” Michael Ferrara, who dished out seven assists this year, told TAPintoSPF. “We have played our whole lives together, and we each make each other better, so it’s great to have [Alex] right besides me.”
The feelings were mutual for Alex, who scored twice and also had nine assists this fall.
“That’s why my high school career was so special, because we finally got to play right next to each other, passing and reading each other’s plays just like we practiced,” Alex said. “I usually know what he is going to do when he gets the ball because I have loads of experience playing with him.”
The Ferraras, alongside with a cast of other talented players, made up one of the best, most balanced midfields in the state this year. A lethal trio, Michael and Alex played attacking mid, with Owen Murphy lurking in the back as the defensive mid. They helped facilitate the teams’ efficient offense, often setting up opportunities to scorers like Zidan Abdella, Thomas Rodriguez, Jonathan Koseglu, and crew.
The Ferraras also were a major reason why the Raiders dominated possession in the majority of games, and they played a major role in the team outscoring opponents, 57-14.
“It was me, my brother, and Owen, and I had so much pride as a midfielder at such a program,” Alex said. "I enjoyed every very single minute playing right next to my twin and it felt good playing so connected with him. Owen is another player who knows how we play because I have also played with him so much.”
“It meant a lot to play with a midfield of such chemistry,” he added.
That chemistry was evident, and extended far beyond the trenches of the midfield.
After an uncharacteristic .500 season in 2017, the Raiders enjoyed one of their best seasons, record-wise, in program history. Rattling off 19 straight outright wins to open up the season, the Raiders went unbeaten until their last game – a heartbreaking loss to Elizabeth in the sectional final. They also beat archrival Westfield twice, which is always a big accomplishment.
Having been on the team since freshmen, both Ferraras wanted to leave a mark, and the record indicates the surely accomplished that.
“After coming back from an 11-11 season [in 2017], we were very determined to have a good season and get payback,” Michael said. “I think we left that clear by beating a number of teams this year that we lost to last year. We were hungry and wanted to win.”
This novel isn’t over for the Ferraras yet, and a new chapter will soon begin. The twins are both verbally committed to play and study at Division III Rowan University, which plays in the competitive NJAC Conference. They both plan on studying business at the South Jersey school; Michael in entrepreneurship and Alex in business management.