The boys’ soccer team reached the championship final of the Somerset County Tournament for only the fourth time in program history after defeating Bernards on Wednesday, October 23, by the score of 2-1.
“Our team showed a lot of character by sticking to the task at hand and not getting too caught up in the moment,” said head coach Tony Bednarsky. “The kids had the determination that they wouldn’t walk off the field without a win. It was a typical Bernards versus Gill St. Bernard’s rivalry game with a lot of good defense, but we were able to pull away in the end.”
It was a tough, hard-fought defensive battle throughout most of the game, as both squads remained scoreless at halftime. Jordan Canica ’21 broke open the game by scoring with 15 minutes left in the second half. Twenty-eight seconds later, Micaah Garnette ’21 was fouled and awarded a penalty kick, which he connected on to give Gill a commanding 2-0 lead. Alex Borto ‘22 was phenomenal in goal, recording eight saves in the win.
The Knights, who are now ranked top-10 in the state by NJ.com, will take on Pingry in the championship final on Saturday, October 26, at 3:00 p.m. at Torpey Field in Bridgewater. Admission to the game will be $5.00 for adults, and $3.00 for students.
“The boys’ mindset all season has been to be a history-making team,” said Bednarsky. “No team had ever defeated Pingry before, and we did that last week. We won a higher division in the Skyland Conference for the first time ever, and now we want to win our first Somerset County championship. The tough thing, however, is beating a really good opponent twice. The plus side is our kids know we can beat them, and the flip side is they’re a very good team with revenge on their mind. We know we need to bring our A+ game to get the win on Saturday.”
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.