SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD — Although the high school boys’ soccer season ended weeks ago, it was extended for one Scotch Plains-Fanwood standout.
Brogan Quigley, a senior captain on this previous season’s Scotch Plains-Fanwood team, received multiple honors from the Soccer Coaches Association of New Jersey (SCANJ) this past week, and put forth a tremendous performance in the association’s annual All-Star Game on Sunday. For his achievements, Quigley is this week’s Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week.
Quigley was named a starter to the North Jersey Section 2 team in the SCANJ All-Star game on Sunday, Dec. 3 in Tinton Falls, and turned in a memorable performance. Playing the right wing position, Quigley immediately made a strong impression on the state when he notched two goals — both in the first half — to lead his team in a 3-1 victory over its South Jersey counterparts. He was named most valuable player for his North 2 squad.
“It was honor to be invited to play in the All-Star game and it was important that I play well so that I could represent Scotch Plains soccer,” Quigley said. “The experience is one that I won't forget.”
During the All-Star Game, which takes place every December at varying locations, Quigley’s goals came in the 13th and 39th minutes. His first goal was scored by splitting between two defenders in front of the 18 box and shooting past a charging goalkeeper. Twenty-six minutes later, he found the back of the net again, doing so by one-timing a cross sent from the left hand side and redirecting it into the lower right corner of the goal. His second score severed a 1-1 tie and gave North 2 what would prove to be the winning score.
“It felt great to play well with and score against great players and in front of my family and Coach Brez,” Quigley added.
In addition to the All-Star game selection and MVP nomination, Quigley received a handful of other accolades from the SCANJ. He was nominated by the association for First Team, All-Central Jersey, and First Team, All-Union County. The senior was also nominated to a separate First Team, All-Union County team selection, chosen by the coaches of Union County.
Selection to the coveted All-Star Game and First-Team selections were decided on by various SCANJ member coaches throughout the state.
Serving as a senior captain on a youthful Scotch Plains-Fanwood squad, Quigley was a day-in, day-out stalwart in the Raiders’ midfield. He scored four goals and dished out an equal number of assists. Though he began the season up top on the team’s attack, Quigley immediately added another dimension to a potent Raider offense once he moved to midfield about halfway through the season. He was a focal point of the team’s midseason six-game winning streak, adding three assists and a goal during the span.
Quigley was named a senior captain for the 2017 Raiders alongside Aaron Schack, Jack Brady and Jon Schwab. During his playing career at Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Quigley was also a member of the 2016 team that won a sectional championship and appeared in the state finals.