GLEN RIDGE, NJ- The Glen Ridge High boys' soccer team is off to a good start, under first-year head coach Brian Ianni.
The Ridgers were 3-2 through games of Oct. 17, with wins over Bloomfield, 5-0, Belleville, 2-0 and Newark Central, 5-0, while dropping close games to strong teams in Millburn, 1-0, and Westfield, 4-3.
In the season opener against Bloomfield, on Oct. 1, the Ridgers were paced by Travis Burnett and Lucas Costa, who scored two goals each and Drew Hiner, who scored once as Glen Ridge opened a 3-0 lead by halftime. Costa also had three assists in the game while GR goalies Segun Wallace and Shoh Nashimo both had four saves.
Versus Belleville, Burnett and Keith Juros each scored, in a good road victory while Costa and Jack Robertson each had an assist. Wallace had four saves for the Ridgers to preserve the shutout.
Wallace had six saves in a solid effort in goal when the Ridgers lost its first game to an undefeated and state-ranked squad, from Millburn. Despite the loss, it was clear Glen Ridge is capable of playing against some of the bigger schools in North Jersey.
Burnett had two goals and an assist, Costa had one goal and two assists, Hiner and Gabriel Cabrera each had a goal and Cooper Sharp added an assist in a win over Newark Central, on Oct. 13. Nashimo turned back three shots in goal for the shutout.
Glen Ridge faced another state-ranked team in Westfield and played well, before losing in double overtime. Hiner scored once and assisted on two others, Costa scored one goal and Burnett finished with two assists.