WARREN, NJ- Watchung Hills, No. 4 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, defeated Hillsborough, 5-1, in the Somerset County Tournament final Saturday, Oct. 26. The Warriors never trailed and dominated play.
Watchung Hills (12-1-1) won the Somerset County Tournament title outright for the first time. The Warriors have been a co-champion three times and haven't been in the final since 1998. Filipe Goncalves was named Somerset County Tournament final MVP.
Goncalves scored first for Watchung Hills in the 15th minute, after a scrum in front of the net. Max Brown added another goal for the Warriors before halftime after the Hillsborough keeper Brian Yaskowski made two point-blank saves.
After halftime, Kevin Cagnetta made it a 3-0 game scoring off a feed from Ben Roth. Shortly after, Hillsborough was awarded a penalty, but the shot went wide right. Soon thereafter, Goncalves was awarded a penalty but Yaskowski made another leaping save. Goncalves was able to convert for the score.
In the 65th minute, Zeke Realmonte got a goal for Hillsborough but Watchung Hills answered back two minutes later on a Bryan Gerber goal.
J.P.Gavin had 6 saves for Watchung Hills and Noah Scanlon had 1. Yaskowski finished with 5 saves for Hillsborough.
On the road to thefinals, Hillsborough defeated Bound Brook, 3-2 (OT), in the first round; defeated Bridgewater-Raritan, 1-0 (OT), in the quarterfinals and defeated Pingry, 2-1, in the semifinals.
Watchung Hills defeated Somerville, 3-1, in the quarterfinals and defeated Gill St. Bernard's, 2-1, in the semifinals.