BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- The Bloomfield boys' soccer team took a 2-5 record into a home game opposite Millburn, on Sept. 26, but that record is somewhat deceiving.

The Bengals won its first two games of the 2019 season, defeating West Essex, 2-1, and Newark Academy, 1-0. Bloomfield then lost five straight, with three of those setbacks coming by one goal, along with a 2-goal loss to Caldwell and a 3-0 setback to powerful Montclair.

In other words, the team has been playing well, against a tough Super Essex Conference schedule, but just missing out on a few key victories.

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The Bengals were 9-8 last season and very competitive. And this year, it's apparent the team is playing well, despite losing some close games.

In the season opener, on Sept. 4, Bloomfield was led by Marco Colasurdo and Anthony Rizzi, who each scored a goal while Noah Kelly and Nathan Russell had assists. Bloomfield's goalie Michael Hoovler, turned back five shots. Versus Newark Academy, Nick Rizzi scored the game's only goal in the second half to break a scoreless tie.

On Sept. 19, the Bengals lost a heartbreaker in double overtime to a good West Orange squad, 3-2. Anthony Rizzi and JeanPierre Carrion scored for Bloomfield. Four days later, there was another close setback, as Verona defeated Bloomfield, 2-1.