Top 25 Boys Soccer rankings

Sean Farrell  NorthJersey.com

  1. Clifton 9-0
  2. Don Bosco 4-0
  3. Cliffside Park 5-0
  4. Bergen Catholic 7-1
  5. Waldwick 7-0
  6. Northern Highlands 5-0-1
  7. Ramapo 4-1
  8. Ramsey 3-1
  9. Cresskill 6-0
  10. Ridgewood 5-3
  11. Passaic 7-2
  12. Tenafly 6-0-2
  13. Lyndhurst 6-0-1
  14. NV/Demarest 6-1-2
  15. NV/Old Tappan 6-2
  16. Mahwah 5-2
  17. Lakeland 5-1
  18. Glen Rock 5-0-2
  19. Hasbrouck Heights 8-0
  20. Garfield 8-1
  21. Wayne Hills 6-2
  22. Pascack Valley 2-3
  23. Pompton Lakes 4-1-1
  24. Leonia 6-0
  25. Emerson 4-3

(Records through Monday)

Around the pitch

Leonia has taken advantage of a more favorable division format this season. The Lions have rolled off six straight wins to start the season behind the stellar play of Jun Choi (8 goals, 1 assist) and Grey Lawrence (4 goals, 5 assists).

With another victory, the Lions can match last year’s win total and clinch a share of the NJIC Division 4 title. Leonia has allowed one goal in its last three games, thanks to the work of goalie Brian Hwang.

Lyndhurst senior Thomas Zurkowski committed to play at Drew University last week. A returning all-county player, Zurkowski has put the Golden Bears on the precipice of their first league title in 21 years.

He’s scored three goals and two assists this season after converting from centerback to midfield. The Lyndhurst captain was also credited with 18 tackles last week in his team’s wins over Garfield and North Arlington.

“Thomas controls the middle of the field with his smart play which will not show up on the scoresheet,” coach Denis Jelcic said. “He’s in the middle of all the corner kicks for both offense and defense.”

Glen Rock is tied for the North Jersey lead in goals allowed – one. The Panthers have shut out their last five opponents with senior Dylan Vila manning the net.

The biggest win came last week against Pompton Lakes when the Panthers took over first place in NJIC Division 3. Clifton and Cliffside Park are the only other local teams that have allowed a single goal.

Waldwick put its undefeated record on the line and came out with a huge crossover win on Thursday, defeating Ramsey 2-1. It was a matchup between the top-ranked Group 1 and Group 2 schools in North Jersey. Kyle Jahnke and Kyle Carroll scored the goals for the Warriors, who have now won 14 of their last 15 games. Waldwick was scheduled to face Cresskill on Wednesday in a sectional final rematch, but that game was postponed for the third time this season. The Cougars have shut down their sports programs until Nov. 9.

Sean Farrell is a high school sports reporter for NorthJersey.com. For full access to live scores, breaking news and analysis from our Varsity Aces team, subscribe today. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter and download our app 

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