NEW MILFORD, NJ - “This is a program defining moment,” said head coach Alberico DiPierro. “We’ve been waiting for a championship for our first six years.”

Wood-Ridge boys soccer team captured the program’s first ever NJIC soccer championship, 3-1, over Ridgefield on Saturday afternoon at New Milford High School.

“Ridgefield played a great game today, and it could have gone either way towards the end”

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Wood-Ridge got on the scoreboard first with a goal from Seydou Camara with about eight minutes remaining in the first half. Domenico Petruzzella followed with a second goal five minutes later, giving the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead going into half time.

Ridgefield got on the scoreboard just over half way through the second half to cut the lead, 2-1. But seven minutes later Boubou Camara gave Wood-Ridge its insurance goal,making the score 3-1.

“‘I’m so proud of these guys,” said DiPierro. “Look at all these alumni who are out here, and the fans,” pointing to fans who joined the team on the field after the game.

“It’s something we can put in the trophy case, and start telling people this is the future of Wood-Ridge, you can come to a winning program.”

DePierro and the team will take some time Saturday night to celebrate, but they return to the practice field on Sunday to prepare for their first round NJSIAA game on Tuesday at 3pm at Donna Ricker Field. They will play Park Ridge, who they last saw in the 2018 state playoffs.

 

 

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