It’s been another terrific fall on the pitch for the Bordentown Regional High School boys soccer team.
The Scotties have been on a tear since dropping their first game of the season against Northern Burlington High School on Oct. 2, going 7-1-1 in their last nine games.
In that span, Bordentown has outscored its opponents 22-7 and senior goalkeeper Charlie Revy has recorded three shutouts.
“This year was a year that we’re just happy to play, but when you’re winning games, it makes it even more fun,” Bordentown Coach Jason Zablow said.
“I’m competitive. They’re competitive. We want to win as much as we can when it comes down to it at the end of the day. It’s fun. Makes it more enjoyable to come out here everyday and do some extra runs and put in work during an extra hour of practice.”
Bordentown has seen strong play from its underclassmen on the field this fall.
Sophomore Jay Beyers leads the team with nine goals scored and is tied for the team lead in assists with four. Beyers recorded a hat trick in the team’s 5-0 victory over Pemberton High School back on Oct. 15 and scored two goals when Bordentown defeated Life Center Academy from Burlington 2-1 on Oct. 26.
Senior captain Shane Ritter has also dished out for assists this season for the Scotties. Ritter has found the back on the net three times this season after leading Bordentown with 14 goals scored last year.
The team’s second leading scorer this fall is sophomore Julian DeLorenzo with four goals scored.
DeLorenzo came up clutch for the Scotties in their 2-1 victory over New Egypt on Oct. 27. The sophomore knocked home the game-winning goal with 12 minutes to play off a pass from classmate Adam Wieczkowski to send Bordentown to its sixth straight victory.
Wieczkowski has two assists this season for the Scotties as does sophomore teammate Patrick Redwood.
Sophomore Lucas Fryc has found the back of the net once this fall for Bordentown, while freshman Austin Thiel has also contributed to the team’s success and has an assist this season.
“We have a good group of six seniors that play a ton of minutes and play all over the field for us and we were interested to see how the younger guys could help them out and support them this year,” Zablow said. “It’s a credit to the hard work they put in during the offseason. A lot of them play club soccer. It’s a positive sign for the future.”
Senior Brandon Valeri has helped Revy lead the Scotties on the back end this fall, scoring two goals and dishing out two assists in the process.
On the front line, senior Carson Latham has found the back of the net twice this season for Bordentown. Classmate Logan Murray had knocked in one goal this fall and is second on the team in assists with three.
Bordentown prides itself on being a well conditioned team and Zablow says the high energy his team plays with every game helps give them an advantage in most games.
“The guys work really hard,” Zablow said. “We work really hard in every game and basically work until we can’t. That work ethic and high energy we play with usually dictates how the game goes and forces teams to play that way and some can’t do that for a full 80 minutes.”
The Scotties faced their toughest task yet this season on Nov. 3 when they played against Cinnaminson High School in Bordentown.
The result was not what Bordentown would have hoped for as they saw their six-game winning streak come to a close with Cinnaminson earning a 2-0 victory.
Revy racked up 13 saves in net for Bordentown and now has a total of 67 saves this season.
After a tough first half of play against Cinnaminson, Revy believes Bordentown played better in the second and thinks that effort can help the team moving forward this season.
“We had a lot of pressure on the back line and I tried to be a leader and come up with some saves to keep the score down,” Revy said. “I think we definitely played better in the second half. I think we’ll definitely come out stronger after what we did well in this game.”
Bordentown stands at 7-2-1 on the season as it heads into another tough test against a seven-win Moorestown squad on Nov. 5.
Zablow said he scheduled Moorestown to help his squad prepare for the NJSIAA South Jersey, Group 2 Tournament, and will look for his team to bounce back from its loss to Cinnaminson against the Quakers.
Playing Cinnaminson will also help Bordentown going into the sectional tournament as they could play the Pirates potentially in the playoffs.
“The goal is to be the best we can be in two weeks,” Zablow stated. “There is a good chance that we’ll see (Cinnaminson) in two weeks in states. Now we have played them and have a better idea of what we have to sharpen up for next time by being more efficient on the attacking end and cleaning a couple things up defensively.”