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Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education Honors SPF Girls and Boys Varsity Soccer Teams

Barbara Brown

Friday, January 24, 2014 • 8:39am

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education honored the varsity girls and boys soccer teams Thursday night at the open agenda meeting. Recognition was also given to SPF High School sophomore James Murphy, named All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Dr. Margaret Hayes, School Superintendent, congratulated the varsity soccer teams “for their hard work and perseverance, for working together as a team and for the camaraderie and good sportsmanship they continually display both on and off the field.”

Hayes went on to acknowledge boys' soccer coach Tom Breznitsky who attained his 650th career victory last fall. The boys soccer team won the Union County Championship title over Elizabeth at Kean University last November before a crowd of more than 500 fans.

The 2013 varsity girls soccer team had a record of 20-2-1. The team won its fourth consecutive county title.

The 2013 boys soccer team was 17-5-1. Over the last 16 years, the Raiders have won the Union County title 10 times, and have played in the final 14 times.

Special recognition was given to Murphy, who is the fifth All American from SPFHS, and one of two sophomores in the nation to earn this honor. The Star-Ledger named Murphy its State Player of the Year.

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