SPFHS Boys Blank Ridge 2-0, Advance in State Soccer Tourney

The SPF boys soccer team lines up opposite of Ridge at the start of the second half of their matchup in the first round of sectionals. Credits: Tyler Dencker
The SPF boys team huddles up before their first-round matchup with Ridge. Credits: Tyler Dencker

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS) boys soccer team defeated Ridge 2-0 in the first round of the sectional tournament on Monday.

Justin Rodriguez led the attack for the Raiders, notching a second half goal and assist.

“The first half we weren’t focused at all but as the second half started, we came out positive and we knew what we had to do,” said Rodriguez. “Things started to go right for me and the team once we started thinking positively.”

Sign Up for E-News

Though SPF dominated, the first half ended in a scoreless tie. The Raiders continued to dominate the second half, but it wasn’t until the 58th minute that a goal was scored. Rodriguez dribbled through Ridge’s midfield and sent a good through ball to Jassiem Wahtuse, who finished off the goal with a rip past the keeper.

Rodriguez didn’t stop there, as he put the icing on the cake with a goal of his own in the 75th minute of play off of an assist from Jake Longo.

The boys team has been hot as of late, and they have a very good chance of going far in the tournament if they continue. Their next test will be on Thursday where they will face a scrappy North Hunterdon team at 2:00 p.m. at SPFHS Wexler field.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Sex Toys, Gay Jokes, Nepotism, Frat-Boy Pranks; Mountainside P.D. Out of Control Says Lawsuit

May 19, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – In a 46-page complaint packed with allegations of harassment involving sex toys, official misconduct, nepotism, hazing, double-dipping and other egregious behavior, five Mountainside police officers and a female employee are suing the borough in state Superior Court.

The complaint, filed by officers Jeffrey Stinner, Christopher Feighner, Richard Latargia, Thomas ...

Penguin Exhibit Opens at Turtle Back Zoo

May 8, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — African penguins have officially joined the giraffes, lions and hyenas in the African Adventure at the Turtle Back Zoo, bringing all of the zoo’s animals from the largest continent into the same area.

Local dignitaries joined Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. in opening the new Shores of Africa Penguin Exhibit on Friday afternoon.

"Our penguins ...

Capitalist or Communist?

Karl Marx may have been the pioneer, but many other Jews were also involved in the struggle for communism, particularly in the early days of the Russian revolution. Personally, I don’t think that we have any apologies to make for this phenomenon. Having suffered unbearably under successive oppressive regimes, many of those political activists genuinely thought communism would be better ...

The Facts About Vaping

May 13, 2018

Dear Editor:

The recent public discussion about vaping and “Juuling” that occurred at our high school really opened the eyes of a lot of parents who may have been clueless about what their kids are doing to themselves. There is a lot of conflicting and confusing information available online, on YouTube and social media about the so-called benefits of vaping vs. smoking ...

Ask Maria: When Should We Step in to Rescue Our Children?

May 8, 2018

Dear Maria: 

My husband and I have been very child-focused most of our lives. We have always put our children first. Many times we have stepped in and rescued and we think it's starting to cause issues. Do you think this parenting style is damaging and what are the consequences of our behavior as they mature? How do we stop it?

Thanks so much!


As parents, we all have ...

UC's Performing Arts Company Earns Prestigious Foxy Award

May 20, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- Union Catholic's Performing Arts Company received a great honor when it was chosen for the Outstanding Achievement in Choreography or Movement for its Fall Play, Peter and the Starcatcher, at Montclair State University's Theater Awards last Monday.

Ms. Jeanette Rudnicki, a 2009 graduate of Union Catholic, was the choreographer. UC senior Angeline Carlo, who lives in ...