By Casey Begleiter
On Monday, the Byram Hills Boys Varsity Soccer team had a convincing win over Harrison for the league title. The Bobcats came into the game ranked the number five team in the section. They were looking for a win to clinch the league and gain some momentum as they head into sectionals. The previous matchup between the two teams resulted in a come from behind victory for Byram, so this was sure to be a competitive game
There was much lead up to the game as it was for the league title. It is also important to note that it was “Senior Day,” so the team’s seniors were honored with their parents before the game. The first few minutes of the game were back and forth but Byram soon began to threaten. Max Hammond had a great shot early on that went just over the crossbar. 20 minutes in, Jack Beer scored in the top right corner assisted by newly called up sophomore Spencer Weinhoff. Shortly after, Max Hammond drew a foul in the box and Jack Beer was able to capitalize on the penalty kick. Going into halftime, the Bobcats had all the momentum.
In the second half, the Bobcats raised the intensity and moved the ball well. Ryan Noel was able to put one in the back of the net to make it 3-0 and all but ensure a win. Noel played great all day putting moves on defenders that got the crowd involved in the game. He said to lohud.com, “I just try to be as technical as I can, and play as fast and simple as I can. Since I’m smaller, I know that I have to go harder into tackles, which is what I aim to do. It’s very effective.”
Within the last five minutes, Harrison was able to score off a set piece to make it 3-1. The game finished that way and the Bobcats ended regular season 12-2-2. Sophomore Michael Kalian said, “This was a great win, but we just have to take it one game at a time if we want to make a run in the playoffs.” This team is poised to make a run in the playoffs and many are excited to see what they are able to do.
After a strong season, next up is sectionals where the Bobcats come in as the number two seed and will play the winner of Riverside and John Jay. The home game will take place tomorrow (Thursday, October 20th) on the turf and begins at 3 PM.