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Black Watch Finishes 3-1 At Soccer Marlboro Tournament

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Black Watch, for boys under 10, finished first with a 3-1 record in the Marlboro soccer tournament played on August 23 and 24.

In its first game Black Watch defeated Peninsula, 5-0. Matt Fleissner scored the first three goals, two on passes from the left side by Ryan Cerick and the third on a feed from Bobby Blabolil. Joseph Jacobi scored on a corner kick, the first of a series of strong corner kicks by Jacobi throughout the tournament. Blabolil scored the final goal on an assist by fullback Anthony Baliatico. Clayton Balch’s playmaking helped control the midfield action and set up many offensive opportunities.

In its next match, the Black Watch beat Freehold, 3-1. Taking a throw-in from Jacobi, Cerick dribbled down the left side and scored the first goal. Fleissner followed with a beautiful left foot/right foot combination in front of the goal, again assisted by Jacobi, and Blabolil added the insurance goal with a nice one-on-one move late in the game. Matt Canfield was strong in goal against a Freehold team that went on to finish second in the tournament.

In its third game the team beat Marlboro, 3-0.

Cerick began the scoring on a nice cross from John Cox. Jack Davis followed with a left-footed goal after Balch worked it through the defense, and then Davis scored again off an assist from Blabolil. Baliatico, Joey Dziedzic and Jacobi continued their strong play at fullback.

Wyckoff ended the Black Watch’s dream of an undefeated tournament by nipping them, 4-3.

After Scotch Plains-Fanwood fell behind for the first time in the tournament, Jacobi scored again on a corner kick. Balch tied the game twice in the second half with outside shots. Wyckoff finally won with a last-minute penalty shot. Canfield played a very strong game in goal, turning away many good Wyckoff opportunities.

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