OP Soccer is No Longer Perfect


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Jacob Cordeiro, Staff Writer

Oratory’s soccer team finished the regular season with a 7-0 record. The Rams opened their season with a 2-0 win during an out of conference match against Roselle Park, and then following that game earned six conference wins. They played every team in their conference once and came out on top each time, which enabled them to clinch the conference title. The Rams were then given the 7th seed in the Union County Tournament bracket and had to play the 18th seed, Roselle Catholic, in the first round.

Going into the game, Oratory were clear favorites and the Rams did not disappoint as they won 8-0. Marcelo Freire netted a hat trick while Brendan Kenny notched a goal and assist. Nick Carnevale, Jack Masella, Marc Feliu, and Doug Colandrea all added to the tally with a goal each. The victory set them up for a second round matchup with Governor Livingston, a team the Rams beat 1-0 in conference play just a couple weeks prior to the scheduled game. Unfortunately, during the county tournament fixture, the Rams were shocked on their home field as they lost 1-0. Governor Livingston scored very late on in the second half after the ball had luckily fallen to their wide open winger in Oratory’s 18 yard box. 

Despite the setback, the Rams’ record still stands at 8-1 as they look to bounce back from the early county tournament exit with a successful state tournament outing. With that being said, Oratory right now is projected to be given the 2nd seed in their state tournament bracket, with Chrsitan Brothers Academy ranked just ahead of them.