The high school fall sports season is finally underway in New Jersey and at Glen Ridge and Bloomfield, there's plenty of excitement for both the student-athletes, coaches and fans.
Glen Ridge has six varsity sports competing this fall, in football, boys soccer, girls soccer, tennis, cross country and field hockey while Bloomfield has five teams, football, boys and girls soccer, cross country and tennis. One other fall sport, girls volleyball, has been pushed back to early 2021.
Glen Ridge High football got off to a good start, defeating Indian Hills in its season opener. The Ridgers boys soccer team, coming off its first-ever Group 1 championship in 2019, stopped Bloomfield, 5-0. In new head coach Brian Ianni's first game, Glen Ridge was led by Travis Burnett and Lucas Costa, each of whom scored twice while Drew Hiner scored once and Aidan Shea registered an assist.
In goal, the Ridgers were led by Segun Wallace and Shoh Nashimo, each of whom had four saves.
Lucas Olaya played well in goal for the Bengals, with 11 assists.
Ania Prussak scored twice and Sydney Mansfield had a goal to lead the Glen Ridge girls' soccer team to a 3-2 win over Newark Academy, on Oct. 3. Defne Zeybek had an assist for the Ridgers and a pair of experienced goalies each played well. Olivia Carbonell had seven saves and Elettra Giantomenico turned back two shots.
After dropping a close game in its season opener to Caldwell, 2-1, the Bloomfield High girls' soccer team defeated Cedar Grove, 3-0, on Oct. 6, to improve to 1-1 on the season.
While the season is abbreviated, there should be plenty of excitement for the rest of October and into the early weeks of November.. One thing is for sure, everyone is glad to see the athletes competing again.