MOONACHIE, NJ - For a young team starting off with the established league favorite, a good game right off the bat can boost a team’s confidence. A bad one, well, you will find out what your team is made of really quick. Wallington’'s 6-0 win over Wood-Ridge was, as Wood-Ridge High School boys soccer coach Albricio DePierro stated,“was not the way they wanted to start the season.”
Wallington dominated play in the first half, spending nearly three-quarters of the half in the Wood-Ridge defensive zone. The Panthers used their experience and size advantage to break into the scoring column around the 10-minute mark. It was the first of what were a series of bad breaks and bounces.
The second bad break came about five minutes later, as Wood-Ridge sophomore Erick Zapata broke past the goalie with an empty net in front of him. All he needed was to put the ball in the net and the game was 1-1 and the momentum changed. But his shot bounced sideways slightly, and rolled into the post, and stopped. The Wallington defender was able to clear the shot away, and momentum not only did not shift to Wood-Ridge but picked up for Wallington.
Losing three starters to injury in the first half did not also help the young Blue Devil team.
The second goal from Wallington again came off a bad bounce, as Wood-Ridge goalkeeper Brian Argueta seemed to have the ball lined up before it changed direction and bounded his over his head for a 2-0 Panther lead.
“It is better to have a game like this now, “ DePierro said, “than in mid-season.”
Wallington, which peppered Argueta with shots throughout the game, extended its lead to 3-0 by halftime.
DePierro singled out the performances of sophomore Dominico Petruzzella, and seniors Tomas Suarez and Sergio Agreda as being “positive”.
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