PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Piscataway High School’s varsity girls and boys soccer teams each won their first round matches of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 state tournament the past two days.
The 11th-seeded girls club went on the road on Monday and shutout sixth-seeded Bayonne, 2-0.
Piscataway (7-9-1), which made the quarterfinals of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, scored both goals in the second half against Bayonne (11-7-1).
Senior Michelle Williams and freshman Shae Allen each scored for the Chiefs while seniors Jordyn Allen and Kaitlyn Zeeb provided the assists. Piscataway outshot the Bees, 17-4, in the contest.
After losing five out of its first six games and nine of 12, Piscataway has won four of its last five contests. With the win, it will take on third-seeded Westfield in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. in Westfield.
The last two times these teams met resulted in clean sheets. Westfield won, 2-0, in the state tournament quarterfinals in 2016 while Piscataway won, 1-0, in the same round way back in 2011.
As for the boys squad, the sixth-seeded Chiefs edged 11th-seeded Newark East Side at home, 2-1, on Tuesday.
Brandon Torres and Diego Navas Trujilo both scored second half goals as Piscataway (14-5-1) had to comeback to win. George Hayden Louis-Ferdinand had an assist as well.
Keeper Carlos Rosario made five saves.
Newark East Side (5-10-1) led 1-0 at the break as Brayan Lopez scored off a pass from Erick Mendez to give the visitors the advantage.
Piscataway outshot the Red Raiders, 10-5.
With the win, the boys team will play Westfield which is also seeded in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Also of note, the girls volleyball team was seeded 15th in the upcoming Group 4 state tournament. The 16-6 Chiefs, who reached the semifinals of the GMCT, will have a home match against 18th-seeded West Orange in the first round on Nov. 4. What’s interesting, though, West Orange (19-5) edged Piscataway, 2-1, earlier this season on Sept. 18 in West Orange. The Mountaineers won the first set, Piscataway took the second set, and West Orange won the third to clinch the win.
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