CRUSADER SEASON ENDS IN STATE SEMI 4-0
November 5 - Morristown, NJ -
Bergen Catholic's varsity soccer run in the state playoffs came to an end as they faced a stingy Delbarton Green Wave. The home team built a 3-0 halftime lead and added an insurance goal in the second half as the Crusaders were unable to break through their defenses. Ryan Langberg recorded a season-high 6 saves for the second time this year.
CRUSADERS ADVANCE WITH DRAMATIC COMEBACK OVER PINGRY
November 1 – Oradell, NJ – What an afternoon for the Crusaders as they advance in the quarterfinals of the state soccer tournament following a remarkable win over Pingry’s Big Blue! Two Henry’s combined for three of the four goals, with Henry Mouawad continuing his team-leading pace and Henry Hughes knocking in the critical go-ahead goal.
It was an inauspicious start as BC fell behind 2-0 early in the first half, but Mouawad’s first goal cut the deficit in half before the intermission. This was as scrappy a game as there is and highlighted Ian Sykes playing relentless defense in front of Ryan Langberg who shut out Pingry in the second half and finished with 6 saves on the day.
The ignitor in the second half came off a shot from Allen Villafranca which seemed it would have been impossible for any goal keeper to stop. It travelled through the air and tailed toward the top left corner of the goal from outside 30 yards.
From that point on, it was all Crusaders. Hughes knocked in the eventual game winner off an assist from Mouawad and Henry M. finished off the scoring! Michael Tramontozzi and Alexander Burman played critical roles in the victory, each assisting on a goal. Great win in your final game at Crusader Stadium, men!
CELEBRATING SENIOR DAY CRUSADER STYLE!
October 25 – Oradell, NJ – The Crusader Soccer Team drew from the tremendous leadership from the incredibly large senior class of 16 to come from behind and beat Paramus Catholic 5-4 on Senior Day at Crusader Stadium. The victory puts an exclamation point on the 4th consecutive league championship for the scarlet and gold and marks an undefeated season in the Big North United.
Andrew Graf tied his strongest point-output of the season recording two goals and assist for the second time, while Henry Mouawad and Daniel O’Donaghue were not far behind with 1 and 1. Alexander Burman added an essential goal and Jeremy Graber pitched in his first point of the season with a terrific assist.
Daniel Geraghty added to his resume, contributing two saves to the victorious effort, even though typically he is known for his scoring prowess. Ryan Langberg finished the job between the pipes and turned away four shots on goal, helping his teammates secure victory.
VARSITY MAROONS RIDGEWOOD IN PALISADES PARK
October 23 – Palisades Park, NJ – The Crusaders rebounded on Tuesday with a win over a very solid Ridgewood HS soccer team 2-0 at Overpeck Park. Alexander Burman and Connor Donovan recorded goals and Daniel Geraghty provided and assist. Ryan Langberg made 5 saves in preserving the shutout.
STATE PLAYOFFS BEGIN NEXT WEEK!
October 23 - Oradell, NJ - The Crusaders are now 11-2 on the season and while Saturday’s setback at Hackensack may have had a miner blemish on the record, the power points gained, helped the Crusaders earn the four-seed in the NJSIAA Non-Public “A” Tournament.
Why is that so important?” you may ask. It means that when the Crusaders open the tournament on Thursday, November 1st, they will do so at 2:00 pm at Crusader Stadium, instead of in Martinsville, NJ at Pingry School. While Pingry is lovely this time of year, our students will be able to cheer on their home team without the hour drive!
CRUADERS CLINCH FOURTH STRAIGHT TITLE
October 19 – Oradell, NJ – Varsity Soccer clinched at least a tie of their League Championship for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year. Henry Mouawad scored his sixth goal of the season and Daniel O’Donoghue and Henry Hughes added goals. Jake Sweeney, Michael Tramontozzi and Nicholas Shannon added assists as well. Freshman keeper, Ryan Langberg saved two Green Knight shots in registering the shutout. BC is now 7-0 in conference and 10-1 overall. They will close out their league play on Thursday vs. Paramus Catholic as the Crusaders celebrate Senior Day.
BC DEFEATS STRONG HIGHLANDS TEAM ON THE ROAD
October 17 – Allendale, NJ –
The Varsity Soccer Team soundly defeated Northern Highlands on Wednesday behind strong offense and stingy defense, improving their record to 9-1 on the season. Henry Mouawad recorded a goal and an assist, putting him at 5-2 on the year. Connor Donovan and Daniel Geraghty added goals as well while Allen Villafranca and Joe Calianese played the role of set-up men. Andrew Remias made one save in preserving the shutout.
BC REBOUNDS, REMAINS UNBEATEN IN LEAGUE PLAY
October 9 – Wayne, NJ – The Varsity Soccer Team rebounded with a victory over a determined DePaul Spartans team Tuesday afternoon. Jake Sweeney led goal scorers with two and Henry Mouawad pitched in one for good measure. Michael Tramontozzi provided two assists and Chaz Ferris added one. Ryan Langberg and Andrew Remias combined for the shutout with Langberg making one save.
CRUSADERS TRIPPED UP IN COUNT OPENER
October 7 – Elmwood Park, NJ – Hopes were high and BC dominated most of the possession time, but just could not find the back of the net often enough as Paramus High School’s Spartans pulled a 2-1 upset over the fifth-seeded Crusaders.
BCCA TOURNAMENT BRACKET SET
October 2 - Franklin Lakes, NJ -
BC earned the #4 seed in the 2018 Bergen County Coaches Association Soccer Tournament. This gives the Crusaders a bye through this Thursday's first round games into the Pre-quarterfinal round. BC will take on the winner of Paramus and Demarest on Sunday, October 7 at 12:00 pm at Elmwood Park HS.
VARSITY WHACKS WAYNE VALLEY 6-2
October 2 - Oradell, NJ -
Henry Mouawad netted a pair of goals and Nicholas Shannon pitched in a goal and three assists as BC took care of business on Tuesday. Goalie Ryan Langberg turned away four shots on goal, pitching a first half shutout for the scarlet and gold.
CRUSADERS FINISH FAIR LAWN AND REACH 5-0
September 27 – Oradell, NJ – The Varsity Soccer Team is showing no signs of slowing down as they took out a feisty eleven from Fair Lawn 4-0. The game started inauspiciously as the visitors created a 50/50 ball in front of the BC net in transition, but it was quickly turned away and put the Crusaders on the offensive for much of the rest of the afternoon.
Andrew Graf opened the scoring on the day, putting away the first two Crusader goals. He later assisted on a third, giving him three points on the day. Sophomore Jake Sweeney nimbly perambulated his way with the ball around a counterpart, putting a lot of pressure on the defense and generating a goal for himself, BC’s third. This was all after he set up a pair of goals
Speedy Senior, Dan Geraghty found the back of the net with a nice right-footed blast which closed out the BC scoring in the fourth quarter, but was a contributor early on with an assist. Ryan Langberg started in the goal for BC and shut out the Cutters, turning away 3 shots on goal. Jack Christman and Andrew Remias completed the shutout, saving a shot apiece.
BC WORKS OVERTIME TO BEAT SJR
September 18 – Montvale, NJ – What’s with all the rain? For the second game in a row, BC faced a very tough Big North United opponents and came away with a hard-fought 1-goal win. This time, the result required overtime and Michael Tramontozzi finding Danny O’Donoghue who netted the winner. Nick Shannon was 1-1 on the game and Andrew Remias and Jack Christman turned away two shots apiece. BC is now 3-0 in conference and strong position to start the season.
CRUSADER COMEBACK STRIKES TOP-RANKED DON BOSCO PREP
September 12 - Ramsey, NJ - It was a night where not only the potential for weather and lightning were looming over the home team, but the visitors from Oradell brought some thunder of their own. Allen Villafranca tied the score in the first half and Michael Tramontozzi had another big goal at Granatell Stadium as BC defeated Don Bosco 2-1. Jack Christman's four saves and Andrew Remias' three, held the Ironmen without a goal for the final seventy-five minutes of play.
CRUSADERS START DEFENSE OF UNITED TITLE WITH CONVINCING WIN
September 8 - Oradell, NJ - Bergen Catholic opened its 2018 campaign with a vision of grasping a fourth consecutive Big North United Title. The boys in scarlet looked very much in mid-season form as they opened with a 6-1 drubbing of DePaul Catholic. Chaz Ferris and Daniel O'Donoghue each netted a pair of goals and Connor Donovan and Jake Sweeney added a goal and an assist as BC methodically took apart its opponent.