NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The North Plainfield Police soccer team is looking to break a losing streak against the High School soccer team after dropping the first two games in the annual fundraiser for Project Graduation.
“I made predictions in our first game, and we lost big. Last year I was more humble but predicted a win and we were close but still didn’t win,” said Officer David Canica, the police team’s captain, with a smile. “So this year I’m going to say who wins doesn’t matter as long as we have fun and raise money for the kids to have fun at Project Graduation.”
The game kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday night, June 12, at Krausche Field on Route 22 and Grove Street. The rain date is Saturday, June 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $5, and there are plenty of seats in the grandstands.
The first game in 2012 raised more than $3,000 for Project Graduation, and last year a little less due to rain. However, Canica says that ticket sales are very good this year and he expects to beat records.
Project Graduation was created in the 1980s in an effort to prevent party related injuries and deaths after graduation, providing drug- and alcohol-free parties for graduation seniors and their friends. Each year North Plainfield High School holds fundraisers to pay for the party, and outside groups such as the North Plainfield PBA also help out. The Car Nutz are holding a classic car show at the high school on Saturday morning to raise additional funds.
The Canucks soccer team won eight and lost seven games in the regular season last fall, and has been preparing for this game in order to extend their winning streak to three. In 2012 they won handily with 9 goals against one for the PBA, and last year won a more narrow game at 5-3.
But the police team, which sports 19 players from six different departments including six North Plainfield officers, has been practicing every Friday since the end of February and is ready to go. Canica said last year his team was winning 3-1 in the fourth quarter when his team tired and the younger Canucks were able to take advantage and score four quick goals.
“This is our first game of the year,” said Canica. “So we’ve got fresh legs and are ready to play.”
Other police departments sending players include Bernards, Green Brook, Franklin, Somerville, Union County Corrections and the state Parole Board.
The North Plainfield PBA thanks all the game sponsors, and in particular Dennis Passe of D&M Trophies who donated the awards and Jose Armando of Latin Graphics who donated all the printed material and sold the uniform shirts at cost.