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.