T-Bird Soccer Team Soaring To State Semi-Finals

Mahwah beat Kittatinny 3-1 Monday

Mahwah High School’s boys varsity soccer team is two games away from clinching the Group 2 State Tournament Championship, and the team seems poised for the challenges that lie ahead.

The T-Birds beat Kittatinny 3-1 in the state quarterfinal game Monday afternoon.

“These kids work hard, and they play soccer year round,” Coach Vince Vespe said. Monday, “they played well, again.”

According to their coach, the team has been playing well together all season. The team of 21 has 16 senior members, and a 17-1 record.

Monday’s game was the second in the state tournament. Mahwah beat Glen Rock 2-1 in the first round game Saturday.

The team will play a semi-final game Thursday.

“We are going into the [semi-finals] confident,” Vespe said. “We feel like we are the best team.”


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Hank November 13, 2012 at 12:53 PM
My kids have gone through Mahwah sports not too long ago. One year they just about had enough players to even have a varsity team! One thing I know is that it is very difficult to produce a winning varsity soccer team in Mahwah. Many premier players in 8th grade move to the parochial schools for more competition. Many good players burn out on soccer by freshman year and move to other sports. To be able to produce a 17-1 team where everyone plays their position is quite an accomplishment. Good Job!
Andy Schmidt November 13, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I learned that several other towns make it a requirement to be aceepted to the soccer travel teams to also yave to play in the rec teams. In girls' soccer this became very evident this year, as Mahwah's various middle school girl teams kept playing against teams from many other towns that were "stacked" with several travel players, which can make for very uneven odds. Maybe a similar system in Mahwah could help address your concern?
Hank November 13, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Mahwah is a football town and you have to wait years and years for Mahwah soccer have a decent offense,defence,goalie and coach all at the same time. It's like having the slot machine line up with a jackpot.
Mark Meyers November 17, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Hank & Andy. There are 16 seniors on this year's Mahwah High School team, almost all of whom played with the Mahwah Raiders Soccer Club. I had the privilege of coaching them with the Raiders starting when they were 6 and 7 years old until they were 14, The Raiders had 3 boys teams in this age group and players from all three are now on the high school varsity. The Raiders have been a great development club for the high school program as well as a great program for Mahwah and surrounding towns. On this team, players who also play on elite regional teams, play together with the Raiders because of their commitment to friendships, Mahwah, and the coaching skills of Dean Wells with the Raiders. This particular group of young men are the best. As freshman, they were county champions, beating Don Bosco in the final. They play soccer with a level of intelligence and team work that is rare in high school. They also are high achievers in school and participate in band, honor societies, and other clubs at Mahwah High School. There simply isn't a better bunch of players, or parents for that matter, that I would rather have spent the last 11 years of my life with. This year has been a great run and we are looking forward to the Sectional final on Monday at Mahwah HS.
Hank November 17, 2012 at 10:45 PM
thanks for the info Again it is incredible to put a team like that together. Good Job!


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