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.”

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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.

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