TINTON FALLS, NJ - The Summit Soccer Club’s (SSC) Boys and Girls U13 teams each enjoyed magical state cup runs, with the boys 'Summit City' squad becoming the first team to in Club history to win the tournament, and the girls 'Summit Freedom' team only the third SSC unit to reach the final.
'Summit City' brought home the hardware by beating neighbor rival 'Chatham United' in the final, 2-1. 'City' scored first and took a 1-0 lead to the halftime break, but 'United' equalized early in the second half. The teams were tied 1-1 until Summit found the eventual match-winner with about 12 minutes remaining.
Coached by Jordan Macquarrie 'Summit City', which had advanced to the final after beating Manalapan Soccer Club, Marlton Soccer Club, Rowan University Football Club, and Roxbury Soccer Club, includes:
Sebastian Arias, Thomas Campbell, Quinn Dillon, Arthur Fok, Matthew Gatward, Cade Gilbert, Lucas Gomez, Kevin Hendrie, Luke Jacobson, Lucas Kohaut, Steven Louiselle, Willem Masyra, Dean Mauriello, Mitchell Piriya, Alberth Rojas, and Wyatt Rzeszowski.
'Summit Freedom', like the boys, faced a local finals rival in Scotch Plains-Fanwood (SP-F). Summit took a 1-nil lead early, but SP-F leveled things with a goal and the match went to Extra Time. 'Freedom' battled hard during the additional 20 minutes of play, but SP-F scored the winner.
Coached by Russell Burke, 'Summit Freedom', which reached the final by defeating Millstone United, East Brunswick Soccer Club, and Monmouth United, includes:
Summit Freedom includes Aviva Cohen, Sofia Diczok, Nell Ducey, Lucy Duttenhofer, Bridget Grennon, Lily Hayford, Maeve Keegan, Ava Minero, Romy Nash, Susannah O’Connell, Shannon Palphreyman, Delaney Ricciuti, Slone Ricciuti, Katherine Riley, Lauren Riley, Emily Sensenich, Lucia Sylva, and Lindsay Thomas. Russell Burke professionally coaches Summit Freedom.
Other Summit Soccer Club teams competing in the New Jersey Youth Soccer Commissioners Cup included the U11 Boys Summit Bayern and U14 Boys Summit Bhoys, each advancing to the Round of 16, and the U11 Girls Sparks and U12 Girls Sparks, who advanced to the Quarterfinals.