Powerful Seton Hall Prep Beats West Orange in Overtime
Harr's goal moves nationally ranked Pirates to 6-0
It was a soccer game that both nationally ranked Seton Hall Prep and cross-township rival West Orange could be proud of — a game that wasn't decided until at 6:24 of the first overtime. Seton Hall took the 1-0 win.
Seton Hall Prep senior forward Hayden Harr scored to give the Pirates the victory in West Orange Wednesday afternoon on an unusually steamy fall day in the township. Perle's goal was assisted by senior forward Devin Perlee and senior Billy Zimmerman. Seton Hall Prep is 6-0 and hasn't allowed a goal. West Orange dropped to 3-1.
"When someone plays the ball down the line, Mr. (Seton Hall Prep coach Marty) Berman always tells me to get up there and be ready," Harr said. "I just ran as fast as I could to get there and Dev found me with a great ball."
Harr dribbled past two defenders in the box and hit a bending shot just inside the far post 3:36 into the first overtime for the game winner.
The rivals will meet again Oct. 20 at Seton Hall.
The Pirates are ranked No. 2 nationally in two major polls. Seton Hall Prep outshot the Mountaineers 14-6, but some of those West Orange chances were outstanding.
Junior Jelanie Wiliams and senior captain Fabricio Acosta had good chances that were snuffed by Pirates' junior keeper Casey DeFluri in the first half.
Mountaineer sophomore Kazari Trought had a great shot in the second half with about 16 minutes left in regulation, but DeFluri stopped it. DeFluri now has five complete-game shutouts. He shared the 5-0 victory over Morristown Sept. 22 with junior Kevin Nelson.
Mountaineer senior goalie Thomas Attamante made nine saves, but just missed Harr's game winning shot.
"It came to my feet, I took a touch and I thought I'd have a shot earlier; it didn't happen because the ball got stuck under my feet," Harr said. "I took it to the right a little more and from that angle, I don't even know how I did it."
"I was positive that Hayden or someone else would be there," said Perlee. "These guys … we pretty much know each other."
West Orange coach Doug Nevins was proud of his team. Nevins, who played for Berman in his high school days at Prep, said his team might have gotten tired chasing the Pirates around. Seton Hall Prep carried the possession, but the Mountaineers did have some strong chances.
"Coach Berman said we were clearly better than any team they've played,'' said Nevins. "We have to capitalize on chances. They had more of the ball, but we had the better chances.
"I thought our defense was outstanding. That's something we don't get much credit for. I don't remember one shot where I went, uh oh, that's a goal."
Nevins said he felt that way before Harr's goal, attempted from a difficult angle while surrounded by defenders.
Seton Hall Prep plays at Nutley Friday. The Mountaineers play host to Union City Saturday morning.