By Sam Benton (V)
The boys’ soccer team has started the season off strong, winning two of their first three matches this year. Ranked sixth in the state, Big Blue looks to have yet another impressive season. Their main goals are to finish the season undefeated and cement their position as a top-five ranked team. The team also seeks revenge against Gill St. Bernard’s this postseason after suffering a 2-1 loss to the Knights on October 7. Fueled by a fiery and determined mindset, their motto this year is “humble and hungry.”
The team currently has a 7-1 record and looks to build upon their early success. On Saturday, October 10, Pingry defeated fifth-ranked Hunterdon Central 3-2 with a last-minute overtime goal by Daniel Ittycheria (V). This win brought a moment of déjà vu, as last year, Pingry also defeated Hunterdon Central in overtime, but with a successful penalty kick instead.
“We all showed grit in overtime against Hunterdon and couldn’t be more excited to see what else this team shows,” Daniel Ittycheria said. “Devan Lalla (V) deserves more credit than me for the game-winning goal because he was able to beat the keeper and win the header for me to tap the ball in the goal easily.”
The boys look to continue their success this season at their next game against Watchung Hills on October 14.