GLEN RIDGE, NJ-- The fall sports season is underway at Glen Ridge High. Here's a look at some of the early-season results.
FOOTBALL: The Ridgers were 1-3 and won its first game of the season on Sept. 11, defeating Belleville, 35-6.
Head coach Manj Singh's team will be back in action on Sept. 23, when the Ridgers host Tenafly, in a noon time kickoff.
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The Ridgers also lost to Cedar Grove, 44-6, on Sept. 1 and were defeated by Dumont, 34-7, on Sept. 14.
"The Cedar Grove game was close until it got away from us, by not executing on most plays in the first half, said Singh. "Not being able to balance our offense, by having our pass game being effective hurt us, and defensively we allowed them to convert on several third downs.
"Cedar Grove is one of the best Group 1 programs in the state for a long time, and we have to have balance in order to succeed, not just against them, but every opponent."
Singh was happy with the way his team responded versus Belleville.
"We came out hitting on all cylinders, with a great week of practice and adjustments on both sides of the ball," the coach said. "Coach Ferrara, our offensive coordinator, and Coach Houser, came up with a solid game plan coming into that game."
The game actually began on Sept, 9, but steady thunderstorms forced a suspension of the contest to Sept 11.
A 40-yard TD pass from Dylan O’Neil to Griffin Looney and a 56-yard interception return by David Kelly put GR up 35-6, by halftime. O'Neil was 5-for-7 for 89 yards and two touchdown passes. Will Horan had six tackles and Morgan Horan had five tackles to lead the Ridgers' defense.
BOYS SOCCER: The Ridgers (1-0-1) are off to a good start, defeating Cedar Grove, 2-0, and finishing in a scoreless tie with Montclair Kimberley.
GR will host West Essex, at Carteret Park, on Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. The team travels to Columbia High, on Sept. 20, in a 4 p.m. game and on Sept. 22, the Ridgers play Bloomfield, at Watsessing Park, also at 4.
Versus Cedar Grove, Ryan Bressler and Max Fleischer scored goals for the Ridgers while Cameron Atkinson and Gabe Hertz had assists. Nicholas Overholtzer had three saves for the shutout, in goal.
In the tie game against MKA, Liam Feder had six saves in goal for GR.
GIRLS SOCCER: Head coach Oscar Viteri's team was 2-0 after a home win against a strong Nutley team on Sept. 15, at Watsessing Park, 3-1.
Emma Bucalo, Katie Powers and Keira Runnions scored goals for GR, against Nutley, all in the first half, while Aly Hoover and Abigail Peake had assists. Olivia Gist had five saves in goal.
Nutley goalie Breele Robson had nine saves and Morgan Dolaghan scored the Raiders goal late in the first half.
"It's always a tough game with Nutley," said Viteri. "They are well coached and play the game with intensity. This was a good win."
Powers had two goals on Sept. 12, when the Ridgers won its season opener against Caldwell, 3-0, in Caldwell. Grace Sutton also scored for GR while Hoover, Vivienne Reilly and Runnions each had an assist, and Gist recorded five saves.
GR is back in action on Sept. 19, at Montclair. On Sept. 21, the Ridgers host Bloomfield at Watsessing Park. Both of those games start at 4 p.m.
FIELD HOCKEY: It's been a good start for GR, after road wins against Newark Academy and Livingston. The Ridgers (2-0) will visit Montclair Kimberley, on Sept. 18 and Westfield, on Sept. 20, both at 4 p.m. The first home game is on Sept. 26, against A.L. Johnson, at George Washington Field, in a 4 p.m. start.
In the season opener, against Newark Academy on Sept. 11, the Ridgers won, 7-0. Natalie Shaw had three goals while Ella McNelly and Ella Thervil had two goals each. Grace Petretti registered two assists and GR goalies Shane Cueman and Feryal Haider each had eight saves.
Versus Livingston on Sept. 13, GR won, 5-1. Amanda Woertz and Thervil scored two goals a piece and Shaw scored once. Emily Stapleford had an assist and Cueman finished with five saves in goal.