WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -  Five goals, eight players on the score sheet.  A combined shutout in net. A solid way to start the season.

The Wood-Ridge girls soccer team defeated Cliffside Park, 5-0, Monday evening under the lights at Donna Ricker Field in Wood-Ridge to open the 2019 season.  

But it was more than the win that had head coach Jerry Cala excited.

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“Today, was a big day for girls high school soccer in Wood-Ridge,”  Cala stated. “It was not about results or what we did on the field.”

“More importantly, for the first time in program history, we were able to play a JV game and Varsity game in the same day.  It shows how our program continues to grow. We had 29 different girls plays high school soccer today."

Stephanie Turi scored 29 second into the game to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead.  Natalie Cala and Emily Gardella chipped in with goals later in the half, as Wood-Ridge took a 3-0 lead at halftime.  

Kaylyn Coppola and Ava Picheo added goals in the second to put the game away.  Victoria Drotos added two assists, while Samantha Eckert, Turi and Cala each added assists. 

Angela Picheo (5 saves) and Stephanie Valdez (9 saves) combined for the shutout.

The Junior Varsity tied Cliffside Park 1-1 Monday afternoon in Cliffside Park. Lezbeth Ordonez had the Blue Devils goals in their 1-1 tie with Cliffside Park in the JV game.


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