Emerson Boys’ Soccer Update


Emerson Boys lineup as they take on Park Ridge picture taken by Steve Hockstein | For NJ Advance Media

Colin Pattermann and Leo Mandile, Contributors

The Emerson Boys’ Soccer team has had 10 games so far this season and have a record of 5-5. Their wins came over Ridgefield 4-3, Cresskill 1-0, Saddle River Day 5-0, Midland Park 5-2, and Dwight Englewood 1-0. Their 5 losses came to GlenRock 4-1, Westwood 2-1, Waldwick 2-0, Park Ridge 3-1, and Pompton Lakes 3-0. However, the first 3 teams that Emerson has lost to have a combined record of 15 wins, only 1 loss and 2 ties.

The last game to make counties is Thursday home against Park Ridge. In order to secure a spot, the boys need a record of above 0.650 however any team above 0.500 is considered. If they win against Park Ridge, it would give them a good chance of making it to counties. This underdog team has a lot going for them with the starting captain at center back Colin Patterman and deadly midfielder Leo Mandile and their technical offense. 

After the boys’ loss Thursday night 3-1, they were no longer eligible for counties. However, they did manage to get entered into the Bergen Cup, where they are seeded 6th out of 26 teams. They had a bye for the first round and now are going onto round 2 where they are going to be playing Fort Lee who is ranked 11th. Fort Lee has one Senior who they play through often and who has 9 goals but has 0 assists.  As their game against Pompton Lakes marks the halfway point through their season, the Emerson Boys’ Soccer Team hopes to make a comeback starting with their game Monday against Dwight Englewood where they hope to get back to an even record.

After Monday’s win against Dwight Englewood, who is first in their league(Liberty) who has the same record of 5-5 same as Emerson.This win allowed Emerson to gain a large amount of power points. When asked what allowed the team to win yesterday’s game, Junior Captain Jeremy Lachman replied, “ We just came together as a team and even in the rain we were able to put one in early. Which allowed us to hang on the rest of the way and after a tough few losses this allowed us to get back on track.”

Sophomore Mikey Graf shared his thoughts on the upcoming Bergen Cup tournament, “ I feel that we are hoping to get back healthy and strong and have a very deep run and possibly come out on top if we play our game.”

Emerson starts the Bergen Cup this week as they face Fort Lee this Thursday at home. When asked if he thought the team could carry over to this tournament in order to stay successful, Graf stated,“ I think that we played more aggressively compared to our other games.”

Graf has currently been playing goalie instead of his usual spot since Junior Captain and Goalie Jared Shroff came out with an injury. Graf’s reaction: “We’re missing a couple people, and they are a part of the team always, and we will be awaiting their return.”

As Emerson continues the rest of its season, there is always room for improvement. When pressed, Sophomore Paul Coombes suggested,“We can improve our chemistry, and know when to fill in each other’s spots and move without the ball is definitely a big one [possibly-needed improvement].”

Continue to check the GoCavos page to stay updated on the Boys’ Soccer Team as they hope to continue off of this strong win, and start up a winning streak.