Last year’s record; final ranking: 20-2-2; No. 2
Marquee game: Sept. 6 at Wallington
Best Assets: As always, everything in Harrison begins with the offense. And despite graduating 26-goal scorer Justin Aponte, the Blue Tide return a formidable attack that includes Modou Sowe and Kevin Villanueva. Sowe scored 16 goals last season despite playing most of his time as the center of the defense, a stark testament to Harrison’s ability to push the ball up in waves. Villanueva had 14 goals and 28 assists from midfield. Jose Neto added 10 goals and 10 assists as Harrison continues to churn out fast and dangerous snipers every year.
Biggest concerns: Harrison’s 3-0 loss to Haddon Heights in the Group 1 state championship last season showcased how the team’s pressure style could leave its defense open to counter-attacks from a good team. The Blue Tide will also be bumping up to Group 2 for the first time in about five years, putting them up against bigger teams.