BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The fall sports season has come to a close at Bloomfield High School as Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer wrapped up state tournament play this past week. Here’s a recap of the action:
BOYS SOCCER: After starting the season at 1-3, Bloomfield finished the regular season strong at 9-8. The Bengals lost to Union City 4-1 this Monday, October 29 during a NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4, State Tournament game in Union City.
Junior Marco Colasurdo scored the lone Bloomfield goal on an assist from senior Mesmin Dembassa in the second half. Senior goalkeeper Matthew Vitella made 9 saves off 12 shots on goal.
“Most impressive about this group, aside from the brotherhood and great attitude displayed each day, is their resiliency,” said Head Coach Michael Aiello. “This group is never out of a game, pushing and pushing until the whistle blows. Unbelievable to watch.”
In their final regular season contests, the Bengals defeated Hoboken 5-2 on Wednesday, October 24 at Foley Field, and beat Nutley 4-2 on Saturday, October 20 at Park Oval.
“We’ve had a strong season - playing in Essex County is never easy, and I was impressed with how we performed this year,” added Aiello. “As the season progressed, our play continued to improve. We beat some very good teams and played very close games against some of the best teams in the state.”
In the Essex County Tournament, Bloomfield blanked the West Side Roughriders 3-0 on Monday, October 15 in a preliminary round game at Foley Field, then lost a heartbreaker 1-0 in a first round game against Montclair Kimberly Cougars on Wednesday, October 17 in Montclair.
18 players on the 2018 roster are graduating seniors, so the Bengals have their work cut out for them next fall.
GIRLS SOCCER: The Bengals closed out the season at 9-12 overall after they were blanked by top-seeded West Orange Mountaineers 6-0 this Tuesday, October 30 in a NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4, State Tournament game in West Orange.
Bloomfield was the 16th seed and faced an impossible task. Bloomfield senior goalkeeper Grace Carroll finished with 10 saves off 16 shots. Overall, West Orange is ranked 4th in the state.
In their final regular season contests, the Bengals shutout Union City 3-0 at home on Friday, October 19, but lost to Pascack Hills 1-0 on Thursday, October 25.
Essex County Tournament action saw Bloomfield pound the Orange High School Tornados 7-1 in a preliminary round game on Monday, October 15 at Foley Field. They lost to Nutley Maroon Raiders 1-0 in a first round game on Thursday, October 18 at Owens Park.