East Brunswick Soccer Regins Supreme In Middlesex County
Sunday, November 3, 2013 • 9:20am
EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick boys and girls soccer is once again the center of the Middlesex County soccer universe. Both the Bears boys team and the Lady Bears girls team captured championships at the Greater Middlesex Conference soccer tournaments on Saturday.
The boys team vanquished South Brunswick with yet another strong defensive performance, defeating South Brunswick by a score of 2-0. The Bears did not surrender a goal in the entire tournament. One of the heroes once again was Joey Gudzak, who despite being cut on his head and being forced to twice change jerseys, scored what proved to be the game-winning goal early in the first half. That score would prove to be all the Bears would need, as the defense once again shined and only allowed five shots all game, none from in close.
Keysean Brant-Sharp scored late in the second half to add an insurance tally, but coach Terry McKibbin's Bears seemingly would not allow a goal no matter how long this game would be played.
It was the 13th GMCT title for the Bears in the past 30 years, and surely one of the most satisfying.
The Lady Bears showed amazing grit and fortitude, as they faced their fiercest rival in Old Bridge, ranked among the top 20 teams in the state. The Knights, losers of only one game all season heading into the championship game, dominated the first half, amassing 12 shots while keeping the Lady Bears without one, and scoring the only goal of the half. East Brunswick goalie Alex Kalafor kept them in the game with a bevy of good saves.
The teams came out for the second half, and it looked like a different game and different team. The Lady Bears came out looking like a team that would not be denied, taking over the play from the opening whistle of the half. On their first shot on goal of the game in the early second half, Sydney Rosa scored the game tying goal, and momentum completely shifted to the Lady Bears. The turnaround was complete when Rosa took a pass from Gabby Sachs later in the half and scored the decisive goal.
For coach Kevin Brady's team, it was satisfaction to have worked this hard to capture the title from a very strong opponent.
For both teams, it is now on to the NJSIAA state tournament, which begins this week.The boys team will start play against North Brunswick on Nov. 5, while the Lady Bears will start on Nov. 4 against Sayreville.