CLARK, NJ - The Crusader boys JV soccer team played hard against Linden on Saturday. Each team tested the other's skills but, in the end, the Crusaders were defeated 2-1.
The game started off strong with Zachery Katz scoring the first goal. Linden soon tied it up. Both teams tightened up their defense when they realized they were evenly matched.
Both teams worked to make sure the game did not get away from them. Linden came passing down the Johnson's team's half and managed to work the ball inside, where junior, Jason Szymczak, quickly bombed the ball out of the Linden player's feet and ended the chance at a goal.
Five Johnson players failed to stop a Linden player as he worked his way through them on his way to take a shot. Quick-thinking Crusader Robert Gondek shielded the Linden player from the ball and allowed the goalie to pick up the ball and put an end to Linden's attack. The first half concluded with a 1-1 tie.
Johnson started with the ball in the second half and quickly moved towards Linden's side of the field. where ball went out of play on the Linden end line which resulted in a Linden goal kick. There was a breakaway for a Linden player and the Johnson defense tried to come back and save it but did not. The goalie, Louis Pandolfo, sprang into action and made an amazing acrobatic save, denying yet another scoring opportunity.
Later in the match, a Linden player, challenged number Crusader Nick Pipala,, which sent him flying off the ball. Pipla dusted it off and got right back on his feet with no time to spare. A few minutes later, he did a textbook bicycle kick when he was defending the ball from the Linden player who fouled him once again.
Near the end of the game, there was a Johnson throw-in which Linden overturned and used to their advantage. Linden soon had a break away and the player pocketed the ball in the right-hand corner of the Johnson's goal.
The Johnson team had many shots on goal but they could just not find their way into the back of the net. The result was a 2-1 loss for the boys JV Johnson team. The next game will be a home game at Johnson Field at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, against Oratory Prep School.
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