In Celebration of the 45th Anniversary

We pay tribute to the 1st State Soccer Championship at Essex Catholic through the eyes (the writing styles) of the Essex Catholic Eagle ( the school newspaper)

Booters Rally After Opening Loss

(October 1968:)


After an initial 6-1 loss to a very strong East Side team, the Essex Catholic soccer team rallied to four consecutive wins,. Led by junior, Vic Silva's 5 goals, the Eagles rolled over rival St. Joseph's (Montvale) by a score of 7-1. During the process of this especially pleasing win, Ed Autsin and Joe Lynch each added a goal. The Essex booters then played neighboring Central whom they have never lost to, and the game soon turned into a one-sided affair. The final score was 9-1 as Vic Silva contributed three goals and Hugh O'Neill, Jim Dolaghan, Rich Zatorski, Joe Lynch, Pete Lisewycz and Fausto Moyano added a goal apiece. In the 4th game, the defence took control and visiting Eastern Chrsitan was unable to score. The Essex offense managed to score 6 times. Vic Silva again led all scorers with three goals and Rich Zatorski, Hugh O'Neill and Jim Dolaghan also figured in the scoring.

To date our soccer team has compiled a respectable 4-1 mark. Since the opening game our defense has allowed only 2 goals while our offense has tallied a tremendous number of 27 goals, Vic Silva has scored 12 goals himself. The Eagles soccer team has its sights set on the state championship. The squad needs only 5 points in the next 5 games to qualify for the tournament for the 2nd year in row. 

Booters Stopped by Hoboken

(November 1968):


Eagles Blast St. Joe's 5-1

The Essex Catholic soccer came fighting back from a 2-0 defeat by Harrison to beat St. Joseph's (Montvale) 5-1. The Eagles five point attack was lead by the team's leading scorer, Vic Silva, who scored two and Pat McKeown who also put two into the net. Hugh O'Neill accounted for the other Eagle tally.


Eagles Fight to a 0-0 Deadlock

The booters of Essex encountered a surprisingly strong St. Joseph (Metuchen) team as the struggle concluded in a 0-0 tie. The defense had an excellent outing, en route to their 3rd shoutout of the year. The Esgles goalies. Charlie Lees and Pat Cassese refused to relinquish a point and thwarted the Falcon offensive's attempt to score throughout the contest. The tie put the Eagles record at 6-2-1 thereby making the booters eligible for the state finals for the 2nd straight year.


Booters Stopped by Hoboken

Harassed by a stingy Hoboken defense, the Essex Catholic soccer team fell, 3-1. The eagles, however, were minus their two goalies due to injuries which enabled the opposition to score three times against normally tight goaltending. The only score by Essex was managed by Ed Doyle, which was not enough to surmount the 3-point edge obtained by Hoboken.


Essex Nips Harrison

The booters revenged a 2-0 defeat earlier this year by beating Harrison at Kennedy Stadium 1-0. Once again, the defense was the margin as the Eagles fought to their 4th shutout of the year. Pat Cassese held off Harrison's scoring attemptsat the goal while Steve Weir and Bill Burneyko kept the field defense rolling. The Harrison defense tried valiantly to contain the strong Eagle offense; but, to no avail. Hero of the day was Pat McKeown, who scored the lone and winning tally of the game.

Soccer Team Wins State Championship

(December 1968)


Last month the Essex Catholic Soccer team faced St. Cecilia's High School of Kearny for the State Championship. The game was played at Franklin field in Kearny. The Saints have been the Eagles rival for the three years and both teams were ready. The Eagles kicked off first. After the first 10 minutes of the Eagles full press, the first tally was made by Ed Austin, playing center half back. The eagles defense was overpowering in the 1st quarter and the Saints couldn't score. The 2nd quarter playing was more balanced. Both teams were playing strong when Tom Docherty of Saints took a shot which slipped into the Eagles goal. The score now tied 1 to 1. In the 3rd quarter Essex men took over again. A cross from Vic Silva assisted Hugh O'Neill's goal and the team took the lead. Vic Silva , top scorer added an insurance goal to bring the final score: Eagles 3, Saints 1.

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Where Are They Now?


As we all remember, the friendships we built at Essex Catholic provided a sense of brotherhood for many of us. Outside of school, we all had our childhood friends; but, these Essex friendship will never be forgotten. For all of us, life took us in different directions and sometimes away from our original paths (even away from New Jersey). In this new section: Where Are They Now? we hope to provide a glimpse of where many of our brothers went and what they are doing with their lives after Essex Catholic.


Hope you enjoy the new section and pleae let us know if there are any of our Brothers who you wish to recognize. Please do not hesitate to write a note in the Contact Us section of this website.

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