As the Princeton High boys’ soccer team took the field last Saturday afternoon at The College of New Jersey to face undefeated Ramapo in the Group III state championship game, there was a boisterous throng of supporters in the grandstand behind its bench. The crowd rhythmically chanted P-H-S, P-H-S as the team took the field. The Little Tigers supporters, though, grew quiet and restless about 20 minutes later as defending champion Ramapo took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half. But the energy and volume was restored on the PHS side in the second half after Scott Bechler headed a Chase Ealy cross into the back of the net to make it a 1-1 contest. As the game intensified into a riveting battle with
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PHS Fans Rocked TCNJ Stadium Keeping Up Energy Through OT PHS pressing forward and Ramapo holding on for dear life, the fans started stamping on the bleachers, adding to the din. After the teams played to a 1-1 draw t h rough regulation and 20 minutes of overtime, there was a hush as many expected the game to be decided by penalty kicks. When the crowd learned that the contest was to end in a stalemate with the teams declared as cochampions under NJSIAA rules, a final wave of noise descended as the PHS players jumped up to the stands to celebrate the title with their supporters. —Bill Alden
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HEAD GAMES: Princeton High boys’ soccer players use their heads to help goalie Laurenz Reimitz punch away a Ramapo scoring chance last Saturday in the Group III state title game. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
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