Glen Ridge HS boys soccer team advances to sectional final for second year in a row

Photo Courtesy of Austin Alvarado.
Members of the Glen Ridge High School boys soccer program volunteered at Forest Avenue School’s Jack O’Lantern Festival on Thursday, Oct. 24. They helped set up, clean up and helped throughout the event.

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The top-seeded Glen Ridge High School boys soccer team, under first-year head coach Austin Alvarado, defeated Warren Tech, Hoboken and Dayton o advance to the North Jersey Section 2, Group 1 state tournament final for the second year in a row.

Ty Rank, a junior, had three goals and sophomore Max Renteria Renteria, junior Aidan Shea and junior Lucas Costa each had a goal in the 6-0 win over No. 16 seed Warren Tech in the first round on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Drew Hiner, a junior, had two assists and  senior Gavin Robertson, senior Will Livingstone, senior Justin Sweet and junior Nick Garcia each had an assist.

Hiner scored on an assist from Livingstone in the 1-0 win over No. 9 seed Hoboken in the quarterfinals at Watsessing Park on Friday, Nov. 1.

The Ridgers defeated fourth-seeded Dayton, 2-0, in the semifinals on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Watsessing Park. to improve to 10-7-1.

Travis Burnett, a junior, and Robertson each had a goal.  Livingstone, a senior, senior Matt Whitney and Hiner each had an assist.

The Ridgers will host third-seeded Technology in the final on Friday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. at Watsessing Park.

The Ridgers are seeking their first North 2, Group 1 title since winning back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011.

Last season, the Ridgers lost at New Providence in the North 2, Group 1 final.