PATERSON, NJ – The Kennedy Knights Boys Soccer team bounced back from a disappointing to-win season in 2018 to achieve a record of 8-7-1 this year, and on Tuesday will make their first appearance in state tournament play in nearly 15 years, officials have said.

The Knights’ first-round match, an away game against Kearny, kicks off at 4:00 p.m.

“Our players seriously pushed themselves during this season,” said Richard Solis, who was named head soccer coach in September 2018. “We have arranged to get them opportunities to join Paterson Unisamba FC and club teams in neighboring communities. They have been playing soccer every single week and the improvement of the program has been consistent by any measure. What’s more, we did it in style, playing simple soccer, which is the hardest thing to do.”

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“We are all very proud of the great student-athletes on the Kennedy Knights Boys Soccer Team,” said Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer. “They’ve worked hard all year and we can all see the great results they have achieved. We wish them all the best as they enter the state tournament.”

“The success of the Kennedy Knights Boys Soccer team has been a breath of fresh air for the entire Kennedy High School athletic program,” said Kennedy Athletic Director Scott Durham. “Their work ethic and team spirit is contagious, and that’s why everyone at Kennedy is very excited that they made the tournament this year.”


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