West Orange High School Boys Soccer Heads to State Semifinals with 4-1 Victory Over Clifton

Andrew DiPalma, Ricardo Carias and Kevin Zeligson Credits: Jennifer DiPalma
No. 4 Andrei Rosu, West Orange Mountaineers Credits: Jennifer DiPalma
Ricardo Carias, West Orange Mountaineers Credits: Jennifer DiPalma

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School third-seeded boys soccer team will move on to the state semifinals after defeating sixth-seeded Clifton, 4-1, on Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the North 1, Group 4 tournament.

"It was a great team effort," said head coach Doug Nevins. "Ricardo Carias had two goals and Brent Llewelyn was strong in the midfield. Our bench gave us a big lift.”

Kevin Zeligson and Kenneth Vaquiz also scored goals for West Orange, which is No. 12 in the NJ.com Top 20. Llewelyn, Andrew DiPalma, Wes Rideau-Winds, and Dillon Reitberger each had assists and Paul Schuler and Sam Banks had three saves as the Mountaineers broke the 1-1 halftime tie with three goals in the second half.

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"It's always hard to beat a team as good as Clifton so we are really happy," said Nevins.

The Mountaineers head to Morristown on Monday for the semifinals, where they will take on the No. 2 seed at the Robert E. Taratko Sports Complex, 87 Harter Road, beginning at 2 p.m.

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