Irvington HS boys’ soccer team looks to contend this season

IRVINGTON, NJ – The Irvington High School varsity boys’ soccer team is looking forward to the season.

This year’s team comprises:

Seniors

  • Daniel Jeudy
  • Onyeneke Mezie
  • Pamalang Njie
  • Joseph Stoichkov
  • Jahdon Robinson
  • Stanley Innocent

Juniors

  • Loubens Alexandre
  • Gordimy Louis
  • Steevens Altidor
  • Bryam Tacuri
  • Garry Cajuste
  • Frank Peprah
  • Jeff Chery
  • Garry Cajuste

Sophomores

  • Prince Pierresaint
  • Costadinov Joseph

“Kids have really been competing against each other this offseason in preparation for our first game of the year,” said IHS head coach Salim Laib. “We have eight starters returning from last year’s team, including leading scorer Stoichkov Joseph, who is making an adjustment from Forward to Center Mid. Stanley Innocent is a three-year starter at Center Back and we’re looking at him to be the captain on the back line with Garry Cajuste, who we expect big things from.

“Frank Peprah is our returning assist leader from last season. He’s a kid that will run through a wall for you in order to benefit his team first mindset.”

The Blue Knights will open the season Sept. 5 at Orange in a Super Essex Conference-Colonial Division game.

Laib has hight hopes for his team this season.

“Our division will be very competitive this season with the addition of some new teams dropping down. Our expectations is to be able to go nose to nose with any team in Essex County any given day,” he said. “My goal is to win the games we’re supposed to win and come ready to compete everyday. If we learn how to play team soccer and feed off of each other’s strengths, I don’t see why we can’t win the conference or make noise in the state tournament.”

Schedule

Sept. 5, at Orange, 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 6, Golda Och Academy, 4 p.m.

Sept. 11, at East Orange Campus, 4 p.m.

Sept. 13, Newark Academy, 4 p.m.

Sept. 18, North Star Academy, 4 p.m.

Sept. 21, at Cedar Grove, 6 p.m.

Sept. 24, Newark Tech, 4 p.m.

Sept. 27, at Technology, 4 p.m.

Oct. 2, West Side, 4 p.m.

Oct. 5, Payne Tech, 4 p.m.

Oct. 8, Nutley, 4 p.m.

Oct. 10, at Belleville, 4 p.m.

Oct. 18, Hillside, 4 p.m.

Oct. 20, at Roselle Park, 10 a.m.

Oct. 22, Middlesex, 4 p.m.

Oct. 25, at Paterson Kennedy, 4 p.m.

Home games at Irvington Park

 

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