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OT in OT: Girls 5th6th Graders Victorious
by Master Admin posted 12/17/2017


Old Tappan Blast Recognized by Old Tappan Mayor Kramer

There is nothing more thrilling in sports than sudden death overtime.  Hearts racing as every touch of the ball could end a team's season.  It would be enough to put a team through one overtime game, but the Old Tappan Blast (5th6th Grade Girls) played two overtime games in the same day.  In the first overtime game, the NVSL semi-final, the Blast, led by coaches John Massaro and Tom Ho, squeaked by Haworth 3-2 in sudden death overtime to advance to the final.  In the final against rival Harrington Park, the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation.  Each team had great chances throughout the game, but defense and goaltending kept both teams in the game.  Then in overtime, a corner kick by Old Tappan was slipped in near post for the game winner as Old Tappan won 2-1 at Wakelee Field in Demarest.  Coach John Massaro commented, "This was an exciting day of soccer.  We don't get this excitement in club soccer or even tournaments.  Each player played with passion and it showed on each play of the game."

 

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Old Tappan Spurs Take Home Championship
by Master Admin posted 12/17/2017


Old Tappan Spurs Recognized by Mayor John Kramer

A new generation of soccer players has arrived on the scene in Old Tappan.  The Old Tappan Spurs, 3rd4th grade girls, have continued the legacy of Old Tappan Soccer champions.  After years of dominance in the NVSL by previous Old Tappan Soccer teams, the expectation was that some of the newer, younger teams would have too much of a challenge to meet expectations set by the older teams.  But the Spurs have carried on tradition, claiming victory in the NVSL 3rd4th grade girls division with a convincing 9-5 victory in the NVSL Championship game over Demarest.  Coaches Will Walsh, Rich Mancinelli, and John Massaro were impressed with the overall effort, as was Mayor John Kramer who recognized the team with an official town proclamation.

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Matthew Park leads Old Tappan Strikers to Dominance
by Master Admin posted 12/17/2017


2017 Division 56 Boys Champions - Old Tappan Strikers

Matthew Park is not new to championships.  Since he was 7 years old, Park has won multiple championships in the NVSL fall league, the co-ed World Cup league, and captained the best PVISL team of all time, going 40-0 and winning 4 PVISL indoor soccer titles.  But he was new to coaching this season.  A junior at Dwight Englewood high school, Matt's first stint as head coach of the Old Tappan Strikers was a learning experience.  Given a roster of players of different skill levels, Matt enjoyed sharing his expertise with the players and having fun all season.  Park commented, "I wanted to give back to the community which has given so much to me over the years.  It was really fun coming out every Sunday and watching these kids have alot of fun in the sport that I love the most.".  After a successful regular season, Park led the team to a dominating playoff run, culminating in a 6-1 effort over a strong Demarest team, led by Dylan Drulinsky and Dmitri Papadatos and goaltender Jun Chun.

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World Cup U12 Team Recognized by OT Mayor
by Master Admin posted 12/17/2017


World Cup U10 Champions 2017

Led by Coach Manny Lago, the U12 Co-Ed World Cup team received recognition by the Mayor and Council of Old Tappan.  Though the Old Tappan team was undefeated in pool play (4-0), the OT team beat a tough Demarest team 4-2 in the semifinals in front of a hostile Demarest crowd on a cold Friday nihht.  The team fared better in the Championship, rolling over Norwood 6-1 in the Championship game.  After multiple years of near-misses, Coach Manny Lago won his first World Cup Championship in his first year as Director of Old Tappan Soccer.  "This was a satisfying season as all 20 players contributed to a strong showing in the age bracket.  Our challenge was to meld the team together in a common style of play, since many are used to different styles with their different club teams.  It took us a few games to come together as a team, but the team improved each week.", Coach Lago commented after the game.

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