Glen Ridge, NJ-- As the state tournament nears, a number of Glen Ridge High athletic teams are playing very well.
The Ridgers field hockey team, which is seeded seventh in North 2, Group 1, won its first round NJSIAA sectional playoff game, by defeating Henry Hudson, of Monmouth County, 3-1, on Oct. 21, in Glen Ridge.
Glen Ridge was scheduled to make the long trip to Ocean County, on Oct. 24, to play second-seeded Point Pleasant Borough High, in a 2 p.m. start, in the quarterfinals.
The winner of that game would move on to the semifinals, on Oct. 28, against the winner of third seeded Metuchen and sixth seeded Florence. If Glen Ridge won, it would travel to either location.
The Ridgers improved to 12-7 with the victory over Henry Hudson, led by head coach Christina Fabiano. The team recently advanced to the semifinals of the Essex County Tournament. The Ridgers had won three of its last four games, defeating Mount St. Dominic, 5-1, Livingston, 6-1 and Henry Hudson.
GIRLS SOCCER: With the NJSIAA Tournament set to begin next week, the Ridgers are playing well. Glen Rdige won a thriller, over Nutley, on Oct. 21, in a Super Essex Conference American Division game.
The team will host Newark East Side, on Oct. 23, at 4 p.m.in its ‘Senior Day’ contest. The regular season concludes, on Oct. 26, at Hoboken High, in an 11 a.m. start.
The Ridgers defeated Nutley, 2-1, in overtime and also defeated Golda Och, 8-1, on Oct. 17, to improve to 10-7 on the season.
Versus Golda Och, Lily Kuhn scored twice while Tara Feenaghty, Caitlin Cifelli, Olivia Hoover, Alex Wecler, Madison Grady and Ava Kotronis had one goal each. Feenaghty also had two assists. Hayley Foster had three saves in goal for the Ridgers.
Ania Prussak scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime, off an assist by Caroline Weinstein, to help Glen Ridge rally past Nutley. Trailing 1-0, in the first half, Feenaghty tied the game, with an assist from Hoover. Olivia Carbonell had another solid game in goal, turning back eight shots.
“It’s always a tough, physical game when we play Nutley,” said Glen Ridge head coach Oscar Viteri. “It was a good win and getting Ania back in the lineup, after she was hurt for part of the season, was great. We started the season 1-6 and now, we’re 10-7. I’d like to see us win the last two games and go into the state tournament with a lot of momentum.”
Prussak, a junior, should be a key to the team’s post-season run. Glen Ridge gained the fourth seed in the North 2, Group 1 tournament, as the Ridgers will seek an eighth straight championship, starting with a home game against McNair Academy, on Oct. 28, at 2 p.m.
If the Ridgers won in the first round, it would stay home to play either Dayton, or Wood Ridge, on Oct. 31, in the quarterfinal round.
FOOTBALL: Patrick Bronander rushed for 132 yards, as Glen Ridge dropped a 40-23 decision to Montclair Immaculate, on Oct. 19, in Montclair.
Head coach Steve Trivino’s squad took a 2-5 record into a game at Wood Ridge, on Oct. 25, starting at 7 p.m. The team concludes the regular season on Nov. 2, when it plays at Verona in a 2 p.m. kickoff.
Glen Ridge quarterback Ben Bronstein passed for 86 yards and a touchdown. Jackson Crutchfield had 80 yards rushing while Bronstein ran for 36 yards.
Brendan Easter caught five passes for 74 yards and caught a touchdown pass and Matt McCann kicked three point-after conversions for the Ridgers. Easter led the defense with 12 tackles while Crutchfield had eight stops and Dean Geraci finished with five tackles and registered a safety.
Montclair Immaculate broke open a close game with 14 unanswered fourth quarter points.
BOYS SOCCER: The Ridgers got back on the winning track by blanking Columbia, 2-0, on Oct. 18. The team concludes its regular season on Oct. 22, when it takes on Roselle Park. Drew Hiner and Grant Conte scored a goal each and Logan Kotronis had six saves in goal for Glen Ridge, which improved to 7-6-1 on the season.
Glen Ridge earned the top seed in North 2, Group 1 and will play its first round game against Warren Tech, on Oct. 29, at home, starting at 2 p.m. As long as they continue to win, the Ridgers will be home for the state sectionals, including a possible championship game, on Nov. 8.