CARTERET, NJ - The Spotswood High School boys varsity soccer team clinched the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division title on Wednesday with a 6-0 victory over Carteret High School. Spotswood will either win the title outright or share it with South Plainfield High School. The Chargers nailed down their seventh shutout of the season and their second in a row behind the goaltending of senior Andrew Bishara and four goals by fellow senior Yanni Hatzistefanis. Hatzistefanis has 16 goals and five assists on the season. Bishara, who has backstopped the Chargers for every game this fall, netted a goal in the win over Carteret. Luke Tharney had a goal and an assist for Spotswood while Liam Barlow added an assist.
Spotswood last claimed a GMC Blue Division title in 2016 when Bishara and Chris Moran were freshmen playing on the varsity squad for the first time. Earning a Blue Division title was one of the goals for the Chargers for the 2019 season.
"With a strong nucleus of players returning, we hope to compete for a Blue Division title," said longtime Spotswood High School varsity soccer coach Jeff Marvinny prior to the start of the season. " We have a lot of experience. We return nine players who started games last season and another two who played a lot of minutes. Four returning players were members of the All-Blue Division team."
Moran, Hatzistefanis, Bishara and Tharney were all tapped for the 2018 All-Blue Division team. The victory over Carteret improved Spotswood's overall season record to 9-5 and their conference record to 7-2. Spotswood and South Plainfield High School have identical division records and split their regular season meetings.
Spotswood is back on the field on Saturday when the team heads down the shore for a matchup against Brick Memorial High School. Game time is 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Middle School in Brick Township. This is the first meeting between the two teams. Brick has an overall record of 4-6-1.