The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year.
Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe.
So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport.
The 2021 Boys’ Soccer Season
Jay Cook | North Jersey: Kearny beats Elizabeth 7-6 in Sudden Death PK’s; Nov. 17, 2021
“Kearny was a team of destiny in 2021. The Kardinals erased a two-goal deficit after halftime but then fell into foul trouble when two red cards were dished out in the final minutes. Kearny then proceeded to hold Elizabeth off for two overtime periods and then win in a sudden death penalty kick shootout to lock up their spot in the Group 4 state final. This is as wild of a high school soccer game you’ll ever see.”
Rich Chrampanis | Central Jersey: Holmdel beats Wall 4-3 in PK’s; Nov. 4, 2021
“Holmdel keeper Tommy Chyzowych is an imposing figure in goal and the senior looked like Ivan Drago in Rocky IV intimidating his way to saves and winning the PK’s on the other side by scoring the game winner. PK’s are always great drama and this game fit the bill and then some.”
Nery Rodriguez | Central Jersey: Pennington beats Notre Dame in PK’s; Oct. 29, 2021
“The battle for the best Boys Soccer team in Mercer County came down to penalty kicks as Villanova commit, Raffa Ponce DeLeon made JSZ’s “Save of the Year” to lead Pennington to a sixth straight Mercer County Tournament Championship.”
Mike Frankel | South Jersey: Cherry Hill West 1 (5) Moorestown 1 (3); November 11, 2021
“The 10th-seeded Lions roared all the way to a sectional title, outlasting the Quakers in penalty kicks. In the end, it was West keeper Jason Coburn stepping to the spot to bury the final PK to clinch the championship.”
James Mooney | South Jersey: Toms River North wins 4-3 in PK’s vs. Cherokee; Nov. 11, 2021
“100 minutes was not enough to settle this battle for the Group 4 South title between the fifth-seeded Mariners and the eleventh-seeded Chiefs. Despite trailing 2-1 after two rounds of PK’s, Dawson Kaniuk came through in the clutch with a pair of saves to set up Jake Nagle’s championship-winning goal.”