GSB Boys' Soccer Claims State Championship

Gill St. Bernard’s senior leadership played enormous dividends in Sunday’s NJSIAA Non-Public B State Finals, as the Knights earned a 3-1 victory over Princeton Day School to take home its third straight state title.

Gill St. Bernard’s (12-7-3) used an unrelenting pace of play, flying all over the field to dominate passing possession and seal the win hosted at Kean University. After defeating Newark Academy in penalty kicks for the sectional championship on Thursday, the Knights senior class — fullback Blake Bertolini, midfielders Hayden Chan and David Frankel, and forward Gavin Scavino — closed out their careers as the most decorated class in GSB history with three consecutive championships since 2018. There was no Non-Public B championship last season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, although the Knights finished last season ranked #1 in New Jersey with a 13-0-1 record.

“This team demonstrated incredible resilience and perseverance,” said head coach Tony Bednarsky. “I can’t say enough about our seniors and how they brought younger underclassmen along this year. That level of experience is what made the difference today.”

Scavino opened up the scoring for the Knights in the 25th minute, finding the back of the net off an assist by junior Charles Taliano and recording his team-leading 14th goal of the season—the 25th of his career.

“We faced a lot of ups and downs this season,” said Scavino. “It was tougher this year with a younger team, but we worked hard both physically and mentally to come together and accomplish what we set out to do.”
 


Sophomore Johnathan Ferreira continued the scoring 10 minutes into the second half on an assist by fellow sophomore Danny Spitaro, while Frankel added his 11th goal of the season and 71st point of his illustrious career.

"Winning the championship this year definitely means more to me and the senior class than it has in years passed," said Frankel. "I think that’s partially because it’s our senior year and we are the leaders of this team, but also because this year posed so many obstacles that we had to overcome as a team. These challenges forced us to band together and contributed to a comradery greater than I’ve felt on any team, which made winning alongside these guys so much more meaningful."


“From the beginning of the season the seniors and I wanted to become the only class to win states every year,” said Scavino. Accomplishing that long-sought goal means a lot.”

 

Photos courtesy of NJ.com, MyCentralJersey.com, and Margery Scheisswohl

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