LIVINGSTON, NJ - Despite being on a team with an abundance of seniors, Junior Striker Jack Wasserman has managed to break into the starting lineup while becoming the Livingston boys’ soccer team’s second leading goal scorer and leading assist man.
Wasserman led the Lancers to an undefeated week for the week of Oct. 13, with goals and wins over Pequannock and conference foe Glen Ridge. He was also a key member who contributed to the 2-0 victory on Senior Night against the Caldwell Chiefs. As a result of his performances over the past week, TAP into Livingston has named Wasserman the Athlete of the Week.
“I’ve been able to use my size (6 feet 2 inches) and strength to my advantage working as a target forward,” said Wasserman. He also attributes his success on the field as a result of his confidence describing his play last year at times “tentative” but later adding that his composure on the field has increased leading to a growing sense of confidence out on the pitch.
This season, Wasserman has not only set his career high in goals, but also is the leading assist man for the Lancers soccer team. He has been the heartbeat of an offense that is scoring nearly two goals a game, and is currently sitting at 9-3-3. Wasserman however is the first to give his teammates the credit saying that the squad has both good teammates and a “great defense which put the team in positions to succeed.”
Junior Striker Simon Yakum said that it’s “great” when Wasserman is on the field. Later he added that “he makes wonderful passes and when you pass him the ball - it’s usually a goal.” This is a testament to both Wasserman’s unselfishness and efficiency in front of the goal which has propelled him to the top of the Lancers statistic charts.
“(Wasserman has) improved his skills on the ball over the past year and he’s always in the right spot at the right time, added Yakum.” He believes that the work Wasserman has put in has resulted in this breakout junior season for the striker.
Livingston Coach Roger Rubinetti commended on Wasserman’s play with his back to goal saying that “he is also learning to use his body frame,” which in Rubinetti’s opinion “is very important for a forward to learn.” Rubinetti also cited Wasserman’s powerful shot that sometimes “catches goalies off guard,” which is part of his formula for success this season.
Looking past the regular season, Wasserman holds high hopes for the team in both the county and state tournaments. “With the offense, defense and goalie all clicking at the right time, this team has a chance to be competitive with any team in the state.”
Livingston has experience playing against the top teams as four conference rivals (West Orange, Millburn, Montclair and Seton Hall Prep) have all been ranked in the Star Ledger Top 10 at one point or another during the season.
The Lancers tied Seton Hall, who at the time was nationally ranked in the top 50, and lost one-goal games to the remaining three teams mentioned. Wasserman thinks that the tight contests the Lancers have been in this season “make them confident that they can compete with any team in the state.”
Off the soccer field, Wasserman also plays basketball and baseball for Livingston High school.
Wasserman hopes to attend the University of Pennsylvania to major in business and is unsure if he will play any sports at the school.