NORTH CALDWELL, NJ – The West Essex Knights earned a 2-1 victory over East Orange in the second round of the Essex County Boys Soccer Tournament on Monday and advance to the next round to play Newark East Side on Wednesday.
Peter Mouskourie and Joe Torter scored a goal each for the Knights and Jack Delahanty and Jake Schatz each picked up an assist in the game.
West Essex scored the only goal of the first half to take a 1-0 lead into halftime. Both teams would score a goal in the second half, with West Essex coming out on top.
Goalkeeper Nick Cerrigone made eight saves in the game to preserve his team’s narrow one goal lead.
Mouskourie’s goal was his fifth of the season while Torter scored his fourth goal of the season.
The win improves West Essex to 9-4-1 overall while East Orange is eliminated from the Essex County Tournament following the loss and is now 8-2-1 overall this year.
The loss was the Jaguars first since a, 2-1, loss on Sept. 17 against Belleville.
The Knights will now prepare to face the Newark East Side Red Raiders in the third round of the Essex County Boy’s Soccer Tournament.
Newark East Side is 6-4-2 overall this year and has not played since a, 3-0, win against Orange High School on Oct. 15. They were granted a bye in the first two rounds of the Essex County Tournament as the No. 5 seed.
West Essex is the No. 12 seed in the tournament and will look to continue to win and go deep into the tournament.