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22 can’t-miss boys soccer games for the week of Oct. 26

NJ.com logo NJ.com 10/26/2020 Brian Deakyne, nj.com

The last week in October will be a good one in boys soccer.

With a handful of ranked matchups, plus plenty of other intriguing games on the schedule, this week could play a big role in what the state tournament looks like in less than four weeks.

Here are the must-see games across New Jersey this week, broken down by day:

MONDAY, OCT. 26

Paul VI at Cherokee, 4

Coming off its first loss of the season at the end of last week, Cherokee will welcome Paul VI to Marlton for an intriguing game in the Olympic Conference on Monday. Paul VI has held its own against some challenging competition this season and enters this week at 4-2.

Seneca at Cherry Hill East, 4

Seneca dropped a heartbreaker to Life Center last Friday and will aim to rebound Monday with a trip to Cherry Hill East. The Cougars, meanwhile, will be in search of a key signature win, going just 2-3-1 since its impressive season-opening win over Washington Township and coming off a tie to Lenape at the end of last week.

New Brunswick at North Brunswick, 7

Two of the best goal scorers in New Jersey — not just Middlesex County — will be on display under the lights on Monday when Jefry Rodriguez and New Brunswick battle Sebastian Salazar and North Brunswick. North Brunswick is unbeaten through its first eight games this season and stands as one of the best teams in the GMC this year.

TUESDAY, OCT. 27

Morristown at Mendham, 4

Morristown will be in search of its first win on Tuesday when it travels to face Mendham in a key game within Morris County. Mendham has win over Parsippany Hills and West Morris this season but is coming off a loss to Montville, 1-0, late last week.

Ramapo at Ridgewood, 4

Ramapo, unbeaten since its season-opening loss to Northern Highlands, will go toe-to-toe Tuesday with Ridgewood with hopes of completing the regular season sweep. Ridgewood enters play this week at 5-3 after falling to Ramapo, 2-0, two weeks ago in the first meeting.

Tenafly at Old Tappan, 4:15

Still unbeaten entering this week at 6-0-1, Tenafly will aim to complete the regular season sweep over Bergen County foe Old Tappan on Tuesday with a win on the road. Tenafly won the first meeting, 1-0, on Oct. 13 but Old Tappan has ripped off three straight wins since then.

Moorestown at Rancocas Valley, 6:30

Moorestown and Rancocas Valley will meet for the first time since Opening Night, when Rancocas Valley scored a 4-1 road win. Moorestown, entering play this week at 4-1-2, is 4-0-1 in its last five games.

No. 16 Bergen Catholic at Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 6:30

Bergen Catholic will get its biggest test since its 4-1 loss to Don Bosco Prep early in the season with a trip to play Scotch Plains-Fanwood under the lights on Tuesday night. Scotch Plains-Fanwood has found its form after opening the season with back-to-back losses to Union and Elizabeth and could grab a signature win at home in this game.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28

Cherry Hill East at Cherokee, 3:45

Cherry Hill East will visit Cherokee as these Olympic Conference teams meet for the first time this season, starting a tough road stretch for the Cougars. Cherokee opens play this week against Paul VI before hosting Cherry Hill East Wednesday.

Rutherford at Lyndhurst, 4

Coming off wins last week over North Arlington and Harrison, Rutherford will hit the road to take on unbeaten Lyndhurst on Wednesday afternoon. Lyndhurst beat Rutherford in the first meeting on Oct. 12, 2-1.

Harrison at North Arlington, 4:15

Another good game in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference will put Harrison on the road against North Arlington, hopeful to avenge a loss from earlier this season. North Arlington topped Harrison, 2-1, on Oct. 13.

Allentown at No. 11 Notre Dame, 4:30

Another good test for No. 11-ranked Notre Dame awaits this week as Allentown heads to Lawrenceville on Wednesday. Notre Dame rallied last week for a 2-1 overtime win over Hopewell Valley to remain unbeaten, while Allentown will be seeking a signature win, entering this week at 3-2-1 after a loss to Hopewell Valley over the weekend.

Waldwick at Cresskill, 6

The rematch, finally, is on from last year’s North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 title game as Cresskill hosts Waldwick in a battle of unbeaten teams in 2020. Waldwick advanced past Cresskill in penalties last year and both teams have cruised through their schedule through the first four weeks of the season this year.

THURSDAY, OCT. 29

Moorestown at Cinnaminson, 4:30

Two of the best teams in the Burlington County Scholastic League will battle Thursday afternoon when Moorestown visits unbeaten Cinnaminson. Cinnaminson, perhaps the best team in the BCSL this year, is coming off a big win over Schalick, while Moorestown will battle Cinnaminson Thursday after a big game over Rancocas Valley earlier in the week.

Kearny at Dickinson, 7

In its first big game since last week’s loss to Union City, Kearny will visit Dickinson Thursday night in a battle of two of the top teams in Hudson County. Kearny and Dickinson have very similar resumes — wins over St. Peter’s Prep and a loss to Union City — which should make for an intriguing matchup under the lights.

Union City at St. Peter’s Prep, 7

Two of the best teams in a log-jammed Hudson County will clash Thursday night as Union City battles St. Peter’s Prep. Union City knocked off Kearny last week, but fell just days later to North Bergen, while St. Peter’s Prep suffered early-season losses to Dickinson and Kearny but has won four straight games since.

FRIDAY, OCT. 30

No. 6 Montclair at No. 9 Seton Hall Prep, 4

The game of the week in New Jersey will pit two of Essex County’s best teams against each other on Friday afternoon as unbeaten Montclair visits Seton Hall Prep. Montclair has four clean sheets in five wins entering this week, while Seton Hall Prep will look to rebound from last week’s loss to West Orange.

No. 15 West Orange at Glen Ridge, 4

West Orange will complete a challenging stretch of nine days with a trip to defending Group 1 champion Glen Ridge in a divisional showdown Friday afternoon. Glen Ridge has challenged itself this season, with its only two losses coming against Millburn and Westfield, and this will be another good experience that should pay off come November.

West Morris at No. 12 Montville, 4

West Morris and No. 12-ranked Montville will clash for the second time this season on Friday afternoon after these teams played to a 2-2 draw on Oct. 10. West Morris has won just once since then, while Montville is 3-0-1 since that game, including an impressive 1-1 draw with No. 7-ranked Delbarton.

SATURDAY, OCT. 31

No. 8 Hunterdon Central at Bridgewater-Raritan, 9:30

Hunterdon Central, a team with a battle-tested resume this season, will hit the road Saturday morning to face Bridgewater-Raritan. Bridgewater-Raritan has already faced a handful of ranked teams this season and has held its own in those matches.

Cherry Hill East at West Deptford, 10

A challenging week for Cherry Hill East, including games against Seneca and Cherokee, will end on the road against West Deptford. West Deptford has been one of the best teams in the Colonial Conference this season.

No. 13 Monroe at St. Joseph (Met.), 11

Monroe, the best team in the Greater Middlesex Conference, will hit the road Saturday for a game with St. Joseph (Met.). Monroe enters this week unbeaten at 7-0, while St. Joe’s is 4-1 with its attack fueled by Piscataway transfer Diego Navas-Trujilo (eight goals).

Brian Deakyne may be reached at bdeakyne@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BrianDeakyne.

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