For the EBSC U12B Blazers this was no ordinary spring season. Tied atop Mid-NJ Flight 2 the Blazers hosted a playoff game versus Chatam United on June 11th. With a tightly contested 1-0 victory the Blazers were flight winners and earned the opportunity to host another playoff game.
On June 17th the Blazers hosted the flight 3 champion, HopewellValley, and advanced with a convincing 3-1 victory. The win set up the Mid-NJ U12B Championship game with Flight 1 winner, Somerset Hills.
On Saturday, June 20th, with a large crowd in attendance and a steady rain soaking the Heavenly Farms turf the Blazers came out ready to play. Maintaining possession in the offensive side of the field throughout most of the first half the Blazers dominated the ball but unfortunately did not capitalize. The second half saw Somerset Hills come out stronger but the Blazer defense kept a clean sheet and at the conclusion of 70 minutes the score remained 0-0. Two 5 minute overtime periods found the match a scoreless deadlocked. A victor was to be decided by PK’s.
Each team picked its 5 players and Somerset Hills was first to shoot. Holding a 2-1 advantage facing Somerset Hills’ final shooter, the Blazer’s keeper made his 3rd and final save sealing the Blazer’s U12 Division Championship!
Congratulations to all the parents and members of the Blazer family.
Members of the Blazers are: Brian Amriddinov, Josh Barkoff, Alex Coward, Brandon Enny, James Fiocco, Alex Gomez, Ryan Josephson, Evan Kleiner, Kyle Knotts, Noah Levine, Derek Morgen, David Nadler, Adam Rosa, Dylan Serra, Matt Siegel, Kevin Walsh
Coaches: Steve Morgen, Luis Serra, Alan Nadler ----- Trainer: Jim Buchanan of MaestroSoccerAcademy