Seton Hall Prep soccer team moves to 9-1-2; ties power South Kent School

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Seton Hall Prep soccer team was 1-0-2 last week to raise its record to 9-1-2 on the season. The Pirates are also unbeaten in their last ten matches.

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, they hosted West Essex at Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field and fought to a 0-0 (2 OT) tie. They out-shot West Essex 13-4 as Liam Bertrand recored the shutout with four saves.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, they hosted Caldwell and defeated them 3-0.

Lucas Ross opened the scoring with 7:16 left in the first half on assists by Skyler Storms and William Monroy.

Aidan Dunphy made it 2-0 on assists by Ross and Storms 9:09 into the second half while Owen Stahl blasted the third goal home from 25 yards out on an assist by Seba Niehenke.

Bertrand had five saves and Tomas Hut had one save to record the clean sheet.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, they traveled to Connecticut to take on South Kent School who is currently ranked #5 in the country in the Prep Schools Poll. They played to a 90-minute 0-0 tie. Bertrand had five saves.

Following the game, head coach Marty Berman said, “This was one of the finest efforts in the history of Seton Hall Prep soccer. South Kent is a three-time National Champion. The exclusive Prep school boasts 14 foreign students on its roster, including three each from Ghana, and Bermuda and one each from Serbia, Czech Republic, Korea, and Senegal. To tie them in Connecticut took a monumental effort from our players and we had several great chances to win, including one shot that hit the post. I couldn’t be more proud of our kids and the effort they gave in the game.”

POLLS: TopdrawerSoccer.Com Fab 50:  National Poll: #29, East Region: #8, New Jersey: #6. USA Today/United Soccer Coaches: #11 in Region III.

NJ.Com Poll: NJ #6, Non-Public Schools: #3, Super Essex Conference: #2.

Upcoming games:

Oct. 5, at West Orange, 4 p.m.

Oct. 8, vs. Millburn, 4 p.m.

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

Oct. 13, at Monroe Fall Classic – Monroe, 7 p.m.

Oct. 16, 45th Essex County Tournament – first round, TBA

Oct. 18, ECT quarterfinal round, TBA

Oct. 20, ECT semifinal round, at Livingston HS, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Oct. 22, at Kearny, 4 p.m.

Oct. 25, ECT final round, at Millburn HS, 5:30 p.m.

Photos by Rich Morris/courtesy of SHP

Seton Hall Prep vs. Caldwell