WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- There was plenty on the line Thursday afternoon, as the Wood-Ridge Alumni took on the current Wood-Ridge Blue Devils soccer team in the annual Alumni Game at Donna Ricker Field. Pride. Exciting soccer. Drama. Overtime.
"This was a truly fun day yet again," observed Wood-Ridge head soccer coach Alberico De Pierro. "Seeing 21 alumni come out to play again and play in the game as if it was a final really added an extra, intangible element that made both teams play much better. It was an October atmosphere in August and that's something that is difficult to replicate in training or even in some scrimmages. And the trophy aspect definitely gave it an extra dose of determination."
This was the third game organized by DePierro, but the first where a trophy would be awarded to the winning team. The game consisted of three 25-minute periods.
The score was 2-0 Blue Devils at the end of the first. Just minutes into the second period, the Alumni came back and scored making it 2-1. It wasn't until haflway through the third period that the Alumni came back to tie the score, 2-2, forcing a 10-minute overtime period.
One minute into overtime Wood-Ridge scored, but the Alumni came back about one minute later to tie the game back up at 3-3.
The game moved to a penalty kick shoot out. Starting with the current Blue Devils, each team traded scores. It was 5-5 when the Alumni goalie stopped a Wood-Ridge shot. The next kick from the Alumni scored, capturing the title and shiny, silver cup.
"Most importantly, the day served its purpose in allowing the past to meet the present and to continue harvesting the familial bond we are creating here year in, year out, for decades to come," said De Pierro.
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