KENILWORTH, NJ – In front of an intense crowd at Arthur L. Johnson High School, the Bears Boys Varsity Soccer Team proved its credentials Monday night blowing the Crusaders away in a 2-1 victory.
The very beginning of the game was dominated by the Crusaders. They were savvy to use their speed and tremendous work ethic to their advantage. They had many corner kicks and shots on goal during this time period. Johnson's Tino Puentes controlled the play during the first part of the first half. Brearley’s Goalkeeper Dan Caricitas had a terrific first half and kept the team in the game by not allowing any goals in. In the second 20 minutes of the first half the Bears had the better of the play. Led by Brayan Martinez at center midfield, the team was able to put tremendous pressure on the Crusaders. The Bears hit the post a couple of times but could not score.
Brearley continued to have success offensively in the second half. Two minutes into the second half Andy Morales opened the scoring for the Bears. A throw in was taken into the penalty area and after Johnson failed to clear it, Morales slammed in the first goal with a right footed half volley. Just a few minutes after, Alex Morales, played in a beautifully placed through ball with the outside of his right foot that landed at Andy's feet. Andy took a few touches and then finished with quality to the lower left corner of the net.
The Bears scored a third goal by Tyler Pires but it was called back on a very close offsides call. Andy Morales was then in on a break-away but was taken down from behind. The referees chose not to invoke the "last man" rule which would have given a red card to the defender who committed the foul.
As the rain started to come down stronger, the Crusaders scored a goal in the 65th minute of the game. “The final 15 was not an easy fight as the rain really began falling but the Bears held on for a 2-1 win” head coach Vincent McGowan said. “It was a great game and the boys played very hard.”
The Bears are now 8-3-1. The next game will be Thursday, October 10, at 6:00 p.m. when the team takes on Union Catholic High School at home.