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Guardado Hat Trick Sends Tigers into NJSIAA North 2, Group 3 Sectional Championship

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield Tiger Jose Guardado score three goals, and Tigers’ goalie Kyle Dennis turned away all 10 shots he faced as the Tigers defeated Summit 4-0 in the semifinals of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 tournament.

The victory sends the top-seeded Tigers into their first ever NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 State Championship. The Tigers will play second-seeded Chatham (14-2-3) for the title Thursday, Nov. 13 in South Plainfield.

South Plainfield Tiger Italo Cardoso had a goal and assisted on all three of Guardado’s goals. The Tigers had 14 shots on goal during the game, and Hilltoppers goalie Alex Dadourian had 10 saves. The victory improves South Plainfield’s record to 17-2-3 on the season while Summit drops to 13-7-2.      

South Plainfield Coach Anthony Perfilio had these poignant words to say when asked about his Tigers “It’s hard to put into words what we are feeling.  I am not sure if we are pushing so hard to win or not let the season end.  We are just peaking at the right moment and we hope it continues.  It’s been a fun ride so far.”   

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