Boys soccer senior night ends in overtime thriller

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Del Val varsity soccer team honored its 10 seniors at Monday night’s overtime victory over North Hunterdon.

Amelia Mead, The Delphi Editor

On Monday October 18, the Del Val Boy’s Soccer team celebrated senior night under the lights on the football field.

As the 2021 boy’s soccer season nears the end, the team recognized the ten senior boys for their hard work and dedication to the Delaware Valley Regional High School team for the past four years. 

Seniors Kenny Nalesnik, Matt Diem, Brett Howard, Armend Berisha, Trevor Bowen, Garret Blankenship, Sam Kirkpatrick, Aiden Snyder and Jake Lonergan were honored on the football field before the game kicked off at 6:30.

The Terriers trailed 1-0 until there were 24:01 left in the second half. Brett Howard was fouled just outside of the 18 yard box, giving the Terriers a direct kick.

Howard took the kick. The ball curved past the wall, and while the keeper got a hand on the ball, it powered through inside the far post. 

With the game now tied 1-1, the Terriers continued to hold their own in a very physical game. In the last minute, down one goal, Julian Einhorn scored off another set piece, with zero seconds left on the clock.

The crowd celebrated as everyone awaited the referees’ ruling on whether or not the last second goal would count. Both teams rushed to the ref to plead their cases, but in the end, the goal counted and the crowd exploded with excitement. 

When Julian scored the last-second goal to tie, I knew we were going to win…”

— Andrew Kasperek

It was decided that the teams would play golden goal overtime. As the teams entered overtime, both played with a renewed intensity.

With around five minutes left, off of a corner, Andrew Kasperek headed the ball for a Terrier goal.

“It felt great to win for the seniors in front of our friends and families,” Kasperek said. “When Julian scored the last-second goal to tie, I knew we were going to win and that we had all the momentum going into golden goal. Being able to score the game winning goal and close out the game was a feeling I could only have dreamt of.”

The team ran onto the field to celebrate their hard earned victory over longtime rival North Hunterdon Regional High School.

Senior night was a success like no other in recent history.