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Boys Soccer: Bengals Shut Out Newark Academy Ahead of Match Against Raiders on Friday

Boys Soccer: Bloomfield Bengals Shut Out Newark Academy Credits: Nicolas Fernandes / TAPinto Bloomfield
Boys Soccer: Bloomfield Bengals Shut Out Newark Academy Credits: Nicolas Fernandes / TAPinto Bloomfield
Boys Soccer: Bloomfield Bengals Shut Out Newark Academy Credits: Nicolas Fernandes / TAPinto Bloomfield

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Bloomfield Bengals boys soccer team blanked the Newark Academy Minutemen 4-0 Wednesday night for their second consecutive victory.

The on the road win improved the Bengals to (6-5), while causing their opponent to fall to (2-7).

Anselme Dembassa netted two goals, while Noah Kelly and Jason Ricca recorded one goal and one assist each. Anthony Rizzi contributed two assists.

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Bengals Head Coach Mike Aiello praised Ricca for being the best player on the field Wednesday night.

“He’s so good at finding space, plays the perfect ball through and is always finding space to get it back,” the coach said in a post-game interview.

In addition to Bloomfield’s stellar offense, goalkeeper Matthew Vitella made nine saves and rookie center back Dakota Stefano was strong on defense. 

“It’s funny because my starting center back hurt his ankle in practice yesterday and we just threw in Stefano, who had played maybe five minutes in that position all year,” Aiello told TAPinto Bloomfield.

In the second half, the home team started to change their game plan, but the Bengals were still able to prevent them from scoring. 

“They started to make some changes and started to clog the middle a little more, but I think our guys out wide did a great job of working up and down the field and being dangerous,” Aiello said.

Reflecting on how far the boys have come from their (0-3) upset in the beginning of the season, Aiello pointed out a tremendous improvement that occurred in the past month, but knows his team can do even better.

“We’ve been getting better and better every game,” the coach said. “You can just see some kids playing more confidently. We have a lot of guys who are very good on the ball, but we need to keep working on possessing the ball more. We also had a good amount of chances today that we could have put away, but didn’t, so we have to keep working on that as well.”

Next up for the Bengals is their Friday rivalry matchup with the (3-7) Nutley Raiders, the team that beat them 1-0 on opening night. The rivals will head onto the field at 7:00 PM. 

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