It was a tough blow for the Hawthorne Christian High School boys soccer team when it found out that last year’s leading scorer, Nate Odusote, was not coming back this season.

Instead he would be playing for the Red Bull soccer academy this fall. While it is a big loss, the rest of the Defenders have stepped up.

Hawthorne Christian raised its record to 3-0 on the season after defeating Park Ridge, 4-0, on the road last Thursday. The Defenders have scored 15 goals in the first three games.

Against Park Ridge, Christ Aust notched a pair of goals and an assist for the Defenders as they pulled away in the second half. Jake Hart and Stephen Gabriele added a goal each in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC) Patriot division contest. Jake’s brother, goalie Caleb Hart, made five saves to preserve the shutout.

Eastern Christian boys soccer team almost pulled off an upset as they came from behind in the second half, but dropped a 4-3 decision to Pompton Lakes at home in a NJIC Colonial division contest.

Ryan Vanderplaat, Seth Alicia and Soo Young Park scored goals in the second half to spark a comeback, but the Cardinals just had a little too much. The Eagles dropped to 1-2 on the season.

Girls soccer

Eastern Christian (4-1) rebounded from its first loss of the season to an 8-0 victory over Mary Help in a NJIC Colonial division game in North Haledon.

The Lady Eagles had the game in control in the first half as they took a 4-0 lead. Eastern Christian’s Carly Veenstra added to her 2012 total with two goals, while six other Lady Eagles scored a goal each. Kaitlyn Cestaro contributed a goal and two assists to the victory. Veenstra also had a pair of assists.

On Sept. 13, Eastern Christian lost its toughest contest in the early going, 1-0, to rival Pompton Lakes, in a NJIC Colonial division game in North Haledon. The Eagles could not get the equalizer in the second half after the Cardinals scored what turned out to be the lone goal in the first half.

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