WESTFIELD, NJ - The Westfield High School boys varsity soccer team defeated the Union Farmers, 2-0, on Tuesday, which was Senior Day for the Blue Devils.
“It’s obviously nice to have a win right before the county games. Everybody got a chance to play for the seniors. As a matter of fact, everybody on the bench got a chance. They all had the opportunity to participate and it was just a great win,” said Westfield coach Eric Shaw.
Right out of the gate, Westfield was on the attack, creating a few scoring chances early. Eventually, eight minutes into the game, Daniel DoCampo scored off an assist from captain Mike Prosuk to put Westfield up, 1-0.
Later in the first half, Prosuk limped off the field with an apparent foot injury and never returned to the action. With just over five minutes left, Farmers goalie Israel Maldonado made a leaping save off of a Westfield free kick to keep within one goal of them at the half.
Westfield goalie Koryn Kraemer saw very little action the entire game due to a solid performance by the defense, tallying only two saves before being subbed out for Teddy Mebane later in the second half.
For the first twenty minutes of the second half, Union struggled getting the ball past midfield allowing for many scoring opportunities by the Blue Devils. They were given many free kicks but failed to convert them.
Perhaps the biggest opportunity was a controversial down field pass to Owen Prybylski. Prybylski tried to beat the Union defender to the ball, but tripped him in the process. Prybylski received a yellow card instead of having a one-on-one scoring chance with the goalie.
Shortly after, Sam Karnofsky scored a stunning goal from 30 yards out to put Westfield up 2-0 with just 10 minutes left. The Blue Devils continued to be aggressive, forcing Maldonado to make a diving save off a nice shot by Loukas Carayannopoulos.
“I think the only thing out of today is just trying to press a little bit higher and trying to win the ball a little bit higher up the field so we’re a little bit closer to the goal,” commented Shaw. “But with that said, I think we did fairly well at times with that and trying to keep possession of the ball.”
The game will be televised this Friday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. on Verizon Fios News 1 channel.
Westfield’s next game will be against Summit on Oct. 26 at Kean University in the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference semi-final.