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PASSAIC COUNTY TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS

Saturday, Oct. 23 | BRACKET

4-Wayne Valley (9-6) vs. 1-Clifton (15-1), 3:30 at Wayne Valley

Top-seeded Clifton, the No. 8 team in the NJ.com top 20, has been rolling this season, following a 1-0 loss to Ramsey back on Sept. 25. The Mustangs are balanced, with multiple goal scorers who can win a game. Juan Carlos Vizcaino is Clifton’s leading scorer, but players like Vitali Datsyk, Danny Agudo, Benjamin Nelken and Steven Ozga are players Wayne Valley will have to try and limit as well.

Midfielder Peter Lynch dictates things in the midfield for Clifton, and is one of the best players in the county, creating offensive chances and breaking up opponents’ attacks. The Mustangs defeated Passaic Valley 3-1 to advance to the semifinals.

Wayne Valley is the host site for the semifinals, so Saturday’s contest will be a home game by default. The Indians defeated Hawthorne 1-0 in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals. Wayne Valley did play one ranked team this season, which ended with an 8-0 loss to Ramapo of the Big North Conference.

Wayne Valley will have to defend better than the game against Ramapo to have a chance. Christian Prossilis, Jake Rubis, Gianluca Esposito, Lucas Messercola and Logan Parzecki will have take their opportunities as well as creating them.

3-Paterson Kennedy (7-6-1) vs. 2-Passaic (13-3-1), 1 p.m. at Wayne Valley

Second-seeded Passaic hasn’t lost a game since losing to Clifton 2-1 back on Oct. 7. Passaic rolled to an easy win over Wayne Hills in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals. The Indians did win the two previous meetings against Paterson Kennedy this season, a 2-1 win and a 3-0 win. Andre Ruiz scored two goals each in the two contests, and he leads Passaic in scoring.

Forwards Jimmy Gonzalez and Daniel Cuacuil provide the Indians with three potent goal scorers that Paterson Kennedy will have to contend with.

Paterson Kennedy does have its own goal scoring talent. Luis Portillo and Erick Cuellar are the two leading scorers, and will have to challenge the Passaic defense if Paterson Kennedy wants to pull off the upset. Goalkeeper Brandon Parra will have to be on the top of his game as well.

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Source : https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sports/boys-soccer-passaic-county-tournament-semifinals-preview/ar-AAPPE7z

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