November 30, 2015

NORTH ARLINGTON – The North Arlington girls soccer team wanted to show this season that they were for real and that the 2014 record was not just one big year.

The Lady Vikings finished with a 17-7 overall record and 12-2 record in the NJIC Meadowlands Division while qualifying for the Bergen County Tournament. North Arlington was knocked out of the state tournament by Glen Ridge in the Group 1 North 2 semifinals. Glen Ridge would go on to make the Group 1 final.

“Our main goal this season was to prove that last year’s 14-8 record was not a fluke,” said North Arlington head coach Dan Farinola. “This year’s 17-4 season did just that. We have been working to build a successful program here since I took over. We want people to know that North Arlington is going to be a tough matchup every game we play.”

North Arlington also showed that it is going to battle Hasbrouck Heights, the top team in the NJIC Meadowlands. The Lady Vikings lost both times to Heights, but both games went into overtime as North Arlington fell 2-1 each time.

“We played two very tough games against Hasbrouck Heights this year,” said Farinola. “We were that close to either splitting or winning the league title this season … It was our main goal to contend for a league title this year, and we were very close to knocking Hasbrouck Heights off their perch. We finished second in the league and look forward to challenging them again next year.”