OAKLAND — Dominant on defense, masters of the midfield and fantastically quick on the front line. That made Harrison a truly complete team, one that would pose a tough challenge for any team in the state.
The Blue Tide used their power, speed and smart all-around play to earn a 4-0 victory over Waldwick Wednesday night in a Group 1 semifinal boys soccer game at Indian Hills.
Cristian Marquez had one a goal and two assists for Harrison (23-3), which outshot Waldwick, 21-5, and had a big edge in time of possession, piling up at least 40 minutes in the Warriors’ end of the field.
“We’ve played some really good teams this year, but Harrison is — by far — the best we have seen all year long,” said Waldwick (19-4) coach Jonathan Noschese.
“They had a high energy level right from the opening whistle on and they applied continual pressure. We were forced to chase them for most of the night and they just seemed to come at us in waves, which made them hard to defend.”
Harrison, which has claimed a state-record 24 state championships and 37 sectional titles, took a 1-0 lead when Marquez fed Christian Restrepo on a beautiful give-and-go play 16:56 into the first half. Restrepo buried the ball into the upper right-hand side of the net from 15 feet away.
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