NUTLEY, NJ--With all the hard work it takes to be a good team, on the field, the Nutley High girls’ soccer program has also produced some good results for the community.
Head coach Mike DiPiano announced that the Raiders raised over $700.00 to Nutley’s Relay For Life.
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many high school and community athletic programs focus their energies on the true meaning of breast cancer and so many of those who have fought the true fight and the inspirational stories of those who are survivors and thriving today.
DiPiano’s team wore pink tee-shirts, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“I was very proud of what our team did once again, during October,” said DiPiano. “The check was given in honor of Maria Marucci. Maria is the mother of senior Maria Marucci, and a cancer survivor. We also honored Phil Priolo, a former Nutley High boys soccer player, and friend of mine, who passed away this summer, to cancer.”
DiPiano also announced that the team will walk in the Relay For Life next spring and raise more monies.
On the field, Nutley is playing its better soccer at a good time of the season. The NJSIAA Tournament begins next week.
Last week, the Raiders won a pair of games, defeating Mendham, 3-2, and Montclair Kimberley, 1-0, before a tough overtime loss on Oct. 21, to Glen Ridge, in overtime, 2-1.
“We had a good win against MKA,” said DiPiano. “Sydney Hess scored the winning goal. Sydney’s mom, Dana, is on our Booster Club, and is also a cancer survivor.”
Hess’ goal was assisted by Mackenzie Albert. In the Glen Ridge game, Albert scored Nutley’s lone goal, in the first half.
“That was a tough loss to Glen Ridge,” said DiPiano. “It was our sixth one-goal loss of the season and our third overtime loss this year. Our other three losses were to three of the top (15) teams in the state.”
Nutley was scheduled to host Bloomfield on its ‘Senior Night’, on Oct. 23, in a 6 p.m. kickoff. The Raiders also drew Somerville in the first round of the state tournament, on Oct. 28, and will travel to the Somerset County school.
“I thought we had a chance to score more in the first half against Glen Ridge,” said DiPiano. “We just haven’t been able to convert goals this year. As far as the states, we open with Somerville. I feel we are battle tested this season, and are excited to be the underdog and go after it on Monday.”