SUMMIT, NJ - On a bespoke day for a robust bit of kite flying, the fourth-seeded Summit High School Boys Varsity Soccer Team kept their title quest soaring.
A goal in the opening 40 from senior captain Jose Osorio followed by second-half tallies from senior captain Luke Rustum and classmate Nathan Todorov were more than enough for the Hilltoppers to see off 12th-seeded Woodbridge,. 3-nil, in quarterfinals of the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group 3 State Tournament at Tatlock Park.
Senior captain Jake Maslin had 6 saves for the 13-4-4 Hilltoppers.
The Maroon and White made it 1-0 in the 13th minute when Osorio got on the end of a lovely free kick taken from the edge of the Barrons' penalty area from sophomore Ethan Harris and tucked his header into the bottom left corner.
Summit made it 2-0 when, after finding the woodwork and the bar several times, Todorov lofted a peach of cross from the left touchline onto the noggin of Rustum who finished into the top left-hand corner. The goal came in the 65th minute and the Hilltoppers looked home and dry.
The third goal was icing on the cake, with freshman Dan Farberov cutting in from the left and unleashing a low shot with his right peg. Farberov's shot was parried by the 'keeper but the ball went right to Todorov just outside the six-yard box at the right post and he made no mistake.
Summit will now face top-seeded Cliffside Park in the semifinals on November 5. The Red Raiders feature, among their myriad attributes, a stout defense that has recorded 15 shutouts and has allowed just eight goals all season. The match's start time has yet to be announced, but will likely be 2:30 p.m.
Girls Season Ends in Extra-Time Heartbreaker at Middletown North
Senior Sara Peñuela and sophomore Ashley Thomas scored goals for Summit, but Middletown North's Darien Rinn found the back of the net with just over two minutes remaining in the second session of Extra Time to give the third-seeded Lions a 3-2 win the 11th seeded Hilltoppers in Middletown.
The loss knocks Summit out of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 State Tournament and concludes their season.
Senior Sophie Zachara stopped 14 shots in goal for Summit, and Natasha Kim added an assist.
Summit finished its season with a record of 8-9-2.