SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Scotch Plains-Fanwood (SP-F) Raiders returned to their winning ways with a 3-0 victory over the Columbia (South Orange/Maplewood) Cougars at a rainy Wexler Field on Saturday, Oct. 8.
The Raiders, who scored one goal in their previous three games entering play on Saturday, received goals early and often, beginning with Andrew Murray’s goal 25 minutes into the first half. Murray scored after the ball trickled away from Columbia goalie Sam Maidenberg.
In heavy rain during the later portion of the second half, Ryan Peterson scored on a penalty-kick in the 15th minute. Tommy DeVizio netted the Raiders’ third and final goal of the afternoon in the 25th minute. DeVizio scored his goal from approximately 25 yards away from the goal.
SP-F played the game without goalie Sean Murray (ankle). Goalie Aaron Schack, a junior, stepped up in Murray’s place and shut the Cougars out in his first career varsity start and complete game.
“[Aaron] Schack is also a very good goalkeeper. He did very well,” Head Coach Tom Breznitsky said of his junior goalie.
Schack wasn’t the only Raider making their first start today. Junior Brogan Quigley played in his first game of the season, returning from a hairline fracture in his back.
“I was especially pleased with the time, minutes and job that Brogan Quigley did,” Coach “Brez” said. “He is a true, true forward. He can score goals – he’s big and strong. That was nice to see.”
The Raiders will travel to Union Tuesday afternoon to take on the Farmers – a team they pummeled, 5-0, on Sept. 17, while Columbia plays host to Newark Central. Columbia's boys soccer's record so far this season is 4-6-1.