Wednesday, June 1, 2016

U17B - Fewer teams, better quality, look out

What can we say?

Fewer teams, better quality, look out.

U17 Boys soccer is no joke.

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Anonymous said...

Pittsgrove has all grass fields? Who plays high level matches on a grass pitch?

Anonymous said...

The entire world.

Anonymous said...

SDFC must be thrilled. Somehow Marlboro is in it now and will play them on Sunday if they beat Hudson. SDFC favored in both but would beat up Hudson easier.

Anonymous said...

5:02. How can you tell who plays who on Sunday?

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't call them grass fields. I would think they are equal parts mud, clumps of weeds and sparse grass. Should all be totally chewed up by Sunday. The beautiful game, ha!

Anonymous said...

Most of Saturday is a bye.

Anonymous said...

Some of the greatest players in the world played in rough pitches. Lets see if your great teams can handle tough challenges. Dont make excuses and play the game.

Anonymous said...

They put bumpers on a pool table and called it bumper pool, they dont call it pool any longer. When you drastically change the playing field you bastardize the game.

Anonymous said...

No one ever gives any credit to TSF. This is a team that has built each year and has gotten to the point where they can be mentioned as a contender for any tournament or SC they play in. Coaching staff has done a good job. Players have gelled and will be enjoying a great season.

Anonymous said...

Good for them. TSF has mistreated a lot of people over the years in their pursuit of profit!

Anonymous said...

Since the State Cup games were postponed this past weekend, when and where will they be played?

Anonymous said...

TSF and NJCSA Marlboro both advanced last night. TSF will have to deal with STA while NJCSA Marlboro will get Bergenfield Elite. I am not familiar with Bergenfield Elite, are they a new team with players from all over or did they apply to the wrong group?

Anonymous said...

Predictions for state cup semifinals and finals... + edp league?

Anonymous said...

State Cup is not that far along. NJYS SC has barely begun. What specifically are you looking for?

Anonymous said...

Semifinal predictions and championship??

Anonymous said...

NJX wins both.

Anonymous said...

Haha didn't realize this was a joke, I'm being serious. Who wins give match ups?

Anonymous said...

Marlton over Cedar Stars 4-1

Anonymous said...

Who are the cedar stars Good team says who.

Anonymous said...

first half of CSA-Marlton game was very good. 1-1, tight, back and forth battle. CSA coach made changes at halftime and Marlton amped up attack. 4-1 very quickly and game became almost a laugher (score could have been like 6-2 but both goalies made great plays at times). Marlton is a very fast/physical team with like 10-12 almost interchangeable players who are all clean touch/solid and 1-2 standouts. They move the ball quickly and with a purpose. No wasted movement. CSA has what could be a strong middle, but several of the players dribble all over the place without much purpose and the attack almost never materializes. CSA seems to be talented but not very cohesive team yet. Not enough size and speed for the most part on defense to hold off a team like Marlboro. Especially when the midfielders are stalled in the middle of the field for much of game and eventually lose ball--which puts their defense under great pressure often.

Anonymous said...

who says tsf isn't respected? should be good possible match with sta next.

Anonymous said...

CSA just lost to a better team. It's that simple. Maybe they will become more legit by memorial day. definitely not a top team right now.

Anonymous said...

Cedar stars plays real soccer not kick and run style. quality teams like this can lose to faster more physical teams especially when refs let fouling go unchecked.

Anonymous said...

Cedar Stars had no real track record against the better teams, they were exposed as the level team they are. Yes, it is just one game but now they will need to earn a rep and not be handed one because of their name. If "real" soccer gets you pounded 4-1 then keep on keeping on with it.

Anonymous said...

Benedicts not looking good for next year based on this CSA team.

Anonymous said...

Did you ever think that maybe they are good and Marlton played a great game? Marlton is no 2nd tier team.

Anonymous said...

Marlon played very well. But didn't seem to need to play out of their mind. CSA kind of self destructed due to lack of defensive organization and really no threat up top. The midfield like someone said is talented but does not have a concept yet. Or at least one that can work against a smart, sound team who can limit attacking options and can out physical over dribblers. CSA defense has no size and very little speed. Maybe two true defenders and then several other midfield winger types who they stick back there.

Anonymous said...

How was holmdel Hudson game?

Anonymous said...

CSA are very fast but they do not pass. All of the players look to play out by themselves and not as a team. It looked like it was 11 individual players on a field. They have a ton of potential. If they played as a team they could be very good.

Anonymous said...

SJB 9-0. You just couldn't stop yourself from embarrassing them any more?

Anonymous said...

Way to go SJEB. Cliff you must be really proud of your accomplishment today. I bet beating a tier 3 team 9-0 was satisfying. Your next game won't be so easy.

Anonymous said...

Why should SJB stop themselves from playing hard?? putting restrictions on your U17 boys during a state cup game sounds just as bad as a 9-0 score line

Anonymous said...

Kinda have to wonder why a coach would put a 3rd tier team in this tournament. I am sure they were expecting to get crushed.

Anonymous said...

"They deserved it" defense

Anonymous said...

Well, yeah, they did. It's no less humiliating for SJB to play keep away for 45mins. Don't worry too much, these 17 yr old young men will be fine.

Anonymous said...

Score as embarrassing as the location, fields, draw, bathrooms,refs

Anonymous said...

Location did suck.

Fields not great but not horrible be honest...

Draw? There has to be a winner and there has to be a loser.

Next time just play better....Marlton

Anonymous said...

Why mention Marlton did they say anything about the game? You won, it's one game good job you must be the best team in the world.

Anonymous said...

State cup game scores
Sdfc 3 Marlboro 1
SSC 3 Marlton 1
Homdell 2- sja 1
Westfield 2 copa 1

Anonymous said...

Predictions now?

Anonymous said...

SSC vs SDFC final

Anonymous said...

Duh! That can't happen..

Anonymous said...

NJYS- Predictions

MF
STA
SDFC
SSC

Anonymous said...

Ocean for the win

Anonymous said...

Ironbound Milan loses 7-1 to Cape May?? What did they show up with 8 players??

Anonymous said...

Exciting day of soccer in the quarterfinals. All 8 teams should be proud, represented NJ soccer very well!

Anonymous said...

Who won today?

Anonymous said...

MF and SSC both won 2-1
STA 2-1 and SDFC 4-2 both games went to OT

Anonymous said...

Ocean for the win???

Anonymous said...

That was before the game even started... Check the time of the post.

Anonymous said...

The 4 best teams in the state won today.

Anonymous said...

Not sure about that. NJX is very impressive. Much better team than STA. Very unlucky today. Not an NJX parent.

Anonymous said...

Barely win.

Anonymous said...

STA were a man down for 50 minutes and won....NJX sorry but that's not very impressive

Anonymous said...

NJX played FC Europa the day before state cup in Region 1 league...tough game the day before State cup when no other teams played Saturday. Poorly scheduled. Not an excuse for them but that could have played a part....how large or small I can't say. Tough weekend.

Anonymous said...

NJX barely win games. They are arrogant for no reason. Best 4 teams went through. End of story.

Anonymous said...

NJX parent bashing your coach (11:23). Every time Holmdel loses you blame it on your coach. NO wonder your kid changes teams all the time.

Anonymous said...

NJX is a vary capable and solid team, they can beat anyone on any given day. In any match there will be a winner and a loser, were they dominated? Was it a blowout? No, it was a very close match and one team moved on. The bigger question is how did Ocean only lose 1-0 to the mighty Match Fit?

Anonymous said...

How did SSC only win by 1, how did SDFC get taken to OT? All close games by tactically smart teams. Like Al Davis said, "just win baby".

Anonymous said...

Don't believe these teams are the top 4 in the state... Matchfit, Sdfc I agree but sat and Ssc can be replaced by Marlton or njx. One game dosent mean you are better, that day yes but not overtime.

Anonymous said...

NJX isnt even in the top flight of EDP. When they get to play the best teams on a consistent basis they can enter the conversation. For now, just continue to lose to them.

Anonymous said...

Is Marlton even that good?

Anonymous said...

SSC beat Marlton 3-1 two weekends in a row

Anonymous said...

SSC is better. New midfielder is making a big difference.

Anonymous said...

He can't possibly replace the kid who went to Redbulls.

Anonymous said...

Since u-11 the best teams in the state have been STa,SDFC, and SSC, Matchfit naturally belongs with them after being kicked out of the academy..

Anonymous said...

He is better.

Anonymous said...

Colleges must be pounding on his door then.

Anonymous said...

Any one dares to make predictions for both state cups

Anonymous said...

SDFC x Match Fit in the finals of NJYS cup.

Anonymous said...

Colleges don't pound on your door. You look to see if it is open

Anonymous said...

They do if you are better than an all-American, redbulls academy player. Don't be naive.

Anonymous said...

This kid tried out for every top team... Not that great, didn't do much in either game! (SSC parent)

Anonymous said...

Must have done something! Doesn't he take every throw-in and corner kick?

Anonymous said...

Hey 5:18 you sound a bit ungrateful.

Anonymous said...

Wow he takes every throw in. He is so good that they don't want him to receive the ball

Anonymous said...

No he takes throw in and receives the ball at the same time..you guys have not idea what you are talking..

Anonymous said...

Seriously. U can't be talking about wallhog I mean ballhog.

Anonymous said...

Reality is Redbull player is over rated.. Plays very few minutes at Redbull

Anonymous said...

If you really think he is an all American caliber player then you know nothing. Very slow, can't go to his left. Sorry that isn't someone that is an all American. Not sure how that bogus award happened. Maybe it was all the pk's he took after his teammates did the work

Anonymous said...

In other news, the NJ Cup 1/4 finals begin this week. The matchups are:

SSC vs Holmdel
STA vs TSF
Marlton vs SJEB
Bergenfield vs Marlboro

SSC vs Holmdel, I wouldnt be surprised to see either come out with a win, both have speed up top and finishers to boot. Holmdel wins in PK's.

STA vs TSF, STA is the favorite but TSF will put up a good fight. STA will hold on for a 2-1 victory.

Marlton vs SJEB, a match between two teams that know each other well. There will be no surprises in this one, but SJEB defensive liabilities will hurt them again. Marlton 4-1

Bergenfield vs Marlboro, I guess Bergenfield could surprise us and maybe they added a lot of new players. Who knows? Who ever heard of them or saw them play before? I would think most are rooting for you though. Marlboro 3-0

Anonymous said...

SSC vs. Holmdel is easily the most intriguing match up. For my money they are the two best out of the 8 in it.

Anonymous said...

I agree, at least we know there will be some yelling. If SSC loses their coach will whine and yell at the NJX players. If NJX loses the parents will yell at the coach. Either way, drama.

Anonymous said...

With no Matchfit or SDFC, just feels like this is Europa league.

Anonymous said...

True, they both played with such domination over inferior opponents on Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Yes, winning isn't nearly as impressive as Holmdel, Marlboro, and Marlton losing. I see your point.

Anonymous said...

If anyone is trying to make a point that MF and SDFC are superior to other teams, MF and SDFC should be winning by huge margins. Why is that not happening?

Anonymous said...

12:03, good point. Take a look at who they played. Do you really think they are THAT much better then everyone else when they beat mid level teams. Not sure that there is an argument that they are the two best teams but the margin is not great at all. Hell Ocean almost beat MF.

Anonymous said...

Since Disney MF has beaten or tied 9 of the top 16 teams in the counrty. I know that the rankings can be a bit bogus at times. That doesn't change the level of competition they've played. Won one of the top flights in Disney, finalist at Jeff Cup, top seed at regional playoffs and in the semis of the NJ SC.
Have they won every game, no. They win the important ones. No team can possibly get up for every opponent. Do you think Ocean gets pumped up to play the DOL Eagles? Probably not. I can assure you they got up to play us and for the most part played harder than us. It's only natural. How pumped up do you think sdfc was to play NJ force? Not very! Backs to the wall they turned it on and got the win. It's my guess no other u17 team has had the success MF has had this season. Other than very few, no one will have the chance to go to regionals or nationals. Thats the goal for this team, plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

Didnt get up for a SC game? Coaching issue. Relax MF, I cant think of a single person that doesnt think you are a top team.

Anonymous said...

MF easily forgets the fact that they are not in the academy league anymore. The academy league is more competitive than EDP. They weren't top in academy but now they can brag they're top in EDP. #1 in the state and 1 of the best teams in the country because got soccer says so!

Anonymous said...

Not the point of this forum however. On this forum MF is #1

Anonymous said...

Matchfit is a better team than most, can lose on a given day yes. sdfc is not much better than top 5 in New Jersey, Marlton beat them 2-0, Marlboro played them 4-3, really not much better than top teams in state.. Last year lost to Marlton in semifinals of state cup!

Anonymous said...

MF and SDFC have more depth than the other teams. SSC/Marlton/SJEB/Marlboro/Holmdel/ all have very good players but not a great 11 and certainly their benches are not as strong.

Anonymous said...

I agree with some of your predictions, but not all.

SSC vs Holmdel Holmdel wins 3-2
STA vs TSF TSF wins, it means more to them
Marlton vs SJEB Marlton wins, they are better
Bergenfield vs Marlboro Marlboro wins, they are better

Anonymous said...

I know TSF hates to lose but why would winning matter more to them?

Anonymous said...

I would think this is their chance to show they belong.

Anonymous said...

The two times that SDFC has faced NJ Force both games went to over time. Now I'm not saying NJ Force is better team because they are not, but they are team that goes out and tries to compete. They do a pretty good job of it.

Anonymous said...

Half the MF roster was never academy... That argument is not relevant anymore

Anonymous said...

Yes. The other half was heavily recruited top players off of their competitors

Anonymous said...

Boy, somebody is obsessed with MF... Don't worry about academy, it's all about colleges now.

Anonymous said...

If you call tryouts "recruiting" then you are correct. You probably should have come. Give me one example of a kid that was playing for a competitor and is now playing at MF. Nobody has come from the teams that are considered top 10 right now. None. more kids have left MF and are playing with other teams in top 10. Wish them the best. I'd say there are 5 kids on the team that were playing on mid level teams that came for a tryout.

Anonymous said...

The Daily MF Rhetoric. When will it stop.

Anonymous said...

So you don't stop opposing parents after games and ask them to come to MF? Be careful with your answer, truth hurts

Anonymous said...

Same old sour grapes. You made your choice, live with it.

Anonymous said...

Still can't come up with one kid, can you??

Anonymous said...

Actually many, you are an elitist and feel anyone NOT on your team is a mid level team. Certainly wont name them but you know the truth. When you say I made my choice you are supporting my claim, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Please enough about Matchfit. We do not care.

Anonymous said...

Actually not 1 kid from current top 10 in state. Not even 1 kid. You really don't know what you are talking about. Elitist...

Anonymous said...

STA 2 TSF 1 Great game of football, both teams looked sharp.

Anonymous said...

Both are good teams. STA is better but not by much.

Anonymous said...

Who won the sjb vs Marlton

Anonymous said...

SJEB 1 Marlton 0

Anonymous said...

Marlton just beat them 3-1 a week ago. Just shows you that anyone can win on any day. If anyone knows, how did this play out? Is the score indicative of the game?

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Anonymous said...

The zero goals scored of course would be a problem, cant win if you dont score. A little surprising, SJB have been giving up goals and Marlton is known to be able to score. These are two teams that know each other well, might even have HS teammates on opposing teams.

Anonymous said...

Ten posts without mentioning MF. MF rules!

Anonymous said...

Holmdel just about to show everyone why they will play the semis on their home turf.

Anonymous said...

Holmdel down 1-0 one minute in.

Anonymous said...

How did that happen.

Anonymous said...

Holmdel will have home field advantage in the semis. A special viewing section will be set up for them.

Anonymous said...

Final 3-1 I could have been 6-1

Anonymous said...

No excuses. Stronghold was the better team today. Score line is not and would never be that lopsided though. 6-1 get real.

SSC has won 1 and lost 3 vs Holmdel in the past 2 years. Loss happens to be at the worst time for Holmdel and best for stronghold. NJ soccer is good. Deal with it.

Anonymous said...

Watch the rest of the tournament on your fields. Learn to lose with class

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Anonymous said...

Learn to win with class.

Anonymous said...

Not talking about the players The parents on the holmdel side were well, bitter to say the least

Anonymous said...

***Wanted*** U17 boys Head Coach
No experience necessary- looking to stop daddy ball
please send all resumes to director of coach

Anonymous said...

If a team loses to a very good team the coach is too blame? Doesn't make sense and is unreasonable

Anonymous said...

Did the very good team your referring to start their best midfielder? I bet they did...

Anonymous said...

Your point?

Anonymous said...

Games played today or cancelled due to rain?

Anonymous said...

MF 4-1 over Marlton.

Anonymous said...

Ssc 2
Force 1

Anonymous said...

SSC. Big weekend. Keep fighting

Anonymous said...

congrats Cape May, state cup champions. Only gave up 1 goal the entire tournament.

Anonymous said...

That's cute...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Cape Express for winning but it shouldnt be called a State Cup Championship. I know it is a different level but the state shouldnt even allow it to be called that. No one is saying the kids didnt work hard, but to be a state champion you should have to play the top teams. Two levels of play is a joke at U17.

Anonymous said...

Great job cape express!

Anonymous said...

Hate to be the person to say it but it really isn't a great job. A great job would have been to challenge yourself not beat teams that can't play the game.

Anonymous said...

Thats your opinion and hate to say it but you sound like an arrogant jerk.

Anonymous said...

He probably is from Matchfit

Anonymous said...

Surprise SSC coach thrown out of yesterdays game against Force. Pretty embarrassing

Anonymous said...

Does seem a bit arrogant but also has a ring of truth to it.

Anonymous said...

Don't be sore looser Force, how about your coach would not shake hands with SSC coach

Anonymous said...

What did the SSC coach do this time, trip someone as they were running by? He is such an ass and yells at opposing players all the time. Does the coach have the same penalty as a player, cant play/coach in the next game?

Anonymous said...

So the Force coach simply joined the ever growing list of coaches who wont shake this guys hand. What is the question.

Anonymous said...

Our coach shook everyone's hand before and after the game (opposing coach and team) except the guy that was red carded because he was in the parking lot after being tossed. Who gets thrown out of a U17 boys game? Those dads are out of control. They shouldn't really be on the sideline and if I was a parent of an SSC player I would demand that they were not or I would take my kid somewhere else to play. One thing is to win and another thing is to win with class.

Anonymous said...

You KNOW that your coach shook all of their hands? You sat there and watched for it? I would bet you don't even know why he was thrown out of the game.

Anonymous said...

Force stop complaining, get some players that can compete.. You are a second tier team, not sure why you are in the top division..cry babies

Anonymous said...

As Holmdel chimes in.

Anonymous said...

Force parents were yelling (mother FCKR) at SSC players and coaches before the game started.. They are a classy bunch..

Anonymous said...

The Force was not with them..

Anonymous said...

Wait Wait Wait. Do you want me to believe that parents would yell at players before a game let alone curse at them? How is this even possibly believable.

Anonymous said...

Who makes this stuff up. SSC do you really believe in the BS you say.

Anonymous said...

The only thing consistent in this story is that a Stronghold coach was thrown out of a game. It has happened many times before so THAT IS believable. Force parents, why was he thrown out this time?

Anonymous said...

He's a clown. Great example for the kids/young men.

Anonymous said...

I see that the Force can NOT give a reason. There is a reason for that, understand that.

Anonymous said...

Homdel you got duped, force does not belong in the top division..homdel is a better team..

Anonymous said...

Holmdel should have been in over Force and Marlboro

Anonymous said...

Holmdel really? Look at marlboros record and make that statement.

Anonymous said...

Are the semi finals and finals games played in Holmdel on grass or turf?

Anonymous said...

The SSC coach was thrown out for arguing with the ref. Something he does on the regular, but this ref had the guts to toss him. As for Holmdel being better than Force, maybe. Force did beat them 3-1 in NYC Cup last year. Force won the second division last year and that is why they moved up, so like it or not they earned it.

Anonymous said...

Good points. Not sure how it can be argued.

Anonymous said...

Scotch Plains United U17...don't sleep

Anonymous said...

Who are they?

Anonymous said...

Pretty much the whole scotch plains high school team u17-u15 playing on a u17 "super team"

Anonymous said...

"Super team" that's funny. They will never get a chance to prove how SUPER they are. They'll play in lower level tournaments and games.

Anonymous said...

Good luck, you will wind up playing no one.

Anonymous said...

Super team.... HS soccer is awful

Anonymous said...

NJ US Club State Cup predictions. Congratulations to those that made it to the Semi Finals.

Stronghold Falcons vs STA Morris
Both are very good teams and both are having a great spring seasons. The difference is this match could be the different scoring options that Stronghold brings to the pitch, it will just be a bit too much.
Stronghold 2-1

South Jersey Elite Barons vs (NJCSA) Marlboro Warriors
Marlboro is having the better spring of these two teams and one of their finals was a 4-0 victory over the Barons. The Barons seem to have played much better as of late and will have revenge on their minds but I have a hard time seeing a 4-0 recent match reversed.
Marlboro 3-1

Anonymous said...

Barons vs SSC in the finals is my prediction with Match Fit playing where it counts.

Anonymous said...

Where's MF playing?

Anonymous said...

Counts for what?

Anonymous said...

Maybe MF meant NJ Youth Soccer State Cup?? They dropped out of US Club due to a conflict.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they meant the Region 1 league championship. That's this weekend. Thus leading them to drop out of US club SC.

Anonymous said...

Pretty good guys, went almost 3 full days without bringing up MF. Progress!!

Anonymous said...

Force proves once again that Holmdel was screwed.

Anonymous said...

Who cares about force or Holmdel....

How did the semi final games play out today?

Anonymous said...

Jersey Cup results?

Anonymous said...

SSC on PK's
Marlboro on PK's

Anonymous said...

Brutal coaching decision not to play defensively in the end. Not sure this can be forgotten

Anonymous said...

Who won? What happened?

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Anonymous said...

If you want to know who won , look on the NJ CUP site

Anonymous said...

Site says Marlboro wins 1-1 - PKs

Anonymous said...

I see on the website 2-1 Marlboro.

Anonymous said...

Matchfit tell us how you did at region 1

Anonymous said...

Let me clear some things up for the Marlboro/Stronghold game. Unbiased as I didnt care who won and since tournaments allow you to stand where ever you want I had a unique perspective from behind the coaches side. Marlboro coaches yelled instructions the entire game, they were involved. Stronghold coach whined a lot about the calls but nothing crazy. It was very windy and each team had a half where they had a major advantage. 0 at half. Stronghold scored a goal with about 20 to go in the game on a strange bounce and a nice finish. Marlboro goalie got a red card for a foul on breakaway, not a dirty play but the right call. Marlboro countered by playing less and less players on defense as the game went on, eventually looking like they only had one player back on defense. At the end of regulation, most likely in extra time Marlboro put a ball through the Stronghold defense and the striker placed it in. Marlboro won in Pk's. It was a good game to watch and the Stronghold coach only did one thing that was obnoxious which is a step in the right direction for him. In extra time as the ball was going out of bounds he faked stopping the ball to let it run. The Marlboro player said something to him and the Stronghold coach said to the player "yes but we are winning". Who does that? Otherwise, a hard fought game that was back and forth and a game where the wind was the real game controller.

Anonymous said...

The powers to be at region 1 did something really cool this weekend. They sent the four teams that made it to the u17 final four back to when the boys played u11. It was awesome!! Hey boys, for starters we are going to let you play on a middle school field and for good measure we are going to have you play 30 min halfs. Well done region 1!! Sour grapes, yeah a little. Really more about getting it right. Let's see if njys will do that this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Hold on, MF are you saying that you played a 60 minute game? That is horrible. What was the purpose?

Anonymous said...

Yes, 60 minute game on a field that was some where between lg and sm sided. Meanwhile they played u14 and u15 girls games on regulation fields and regulation time. Pathetic!

Anonymous said...

I will admit that makes no sense at all but there has to be more to the story.

Anonymous said...

The people at Reg. 1 waited until Fri. Night to come up with contingency plan after Kirkwood closed their fields After a solid week of rain. They found a turf field and put us on it. They found out Sat. that the field was only 85yds long and 50 yes. wide. They tried to move the games off of that field. Penn Fusion was able to get 2 full fields at 7:30 on Sat. night for 90min games. 3 of the 4 teams said yes and 1 said no. Region 1 caved to that team even though they knew the field was not regulation. Not saying we would have won, Penn Fusion is a very good team and congratulations to them.

Anonymous said...

That is a shame and shouldnt have been allowed. Put it behind you and focus on the NJYS state cup. Good luck to the teams playing.

Anonymous said...

Lets be honest and upfront about the SSC/Marlboro match, it never should have come to a late goal to tie it up. The coach decided not to play their top scoring option for a long portion of the game and failed to play defensively in the last 10 minutes. Never once tried to play the ball to the corners, never made substitutions to run clock, never put an extra defender in the back. If that staff was thinking correctly that last minute pass would never have worked. The players played hard on both sides. It was physical, not dirty and both sides could have won.

Anonymous said...

Marlboro got luck and won again. But isn't that always the case. They had a hard time beating Bergenfield in the round of 8, which Bergenfield played with 10 players for most of the game. Marlboro should thank both Match Fit's and Stronghold's coaching staff for their State Cup Trophy!

Anonymous said...

12:31, you were at the Bergenfield game? Doubt it as Marlboro would not say they were lucky so they wouldnt write that. Are you from Bergenfield? If so you know nothing about the top end soccer teams in NJ as you dont play any of them. Was it "luck" that MF dropped out? I would say so, but wouldnt that suggest bad luck that they were scheduled to play so early in the tournament to begin with? All the top teams know one thing, they can all win or lose against one another on any given day. STA, SJEB, Holmdel, Marlboro, SSC, MF, SDFC, Marlton, they all know it and all the players know it. Everyone called Marlboro lucky two years ago when they won both state cups now a third, as I look on I dont see that as lucky but more so a team that takes advantage of their opportunities.

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