"But this has just been a great postseason run. We made school history. I couldn't be more proud of this team."
After struggling early in the year, Clearview bounced back to win the first-ever boys' sectional title, in any sport, in school history. To do so, the Pioneers upset heavily favored and undefeated No. 1 seed Washington Township, which entered the South Jersey Group 4 final on the heels of one of the most dominant regular seasons ever in South Jersey soccer.
"We have a lot of character on this team, we fought hard," said senior defender and captain Shane Burke. "We always knew that November is what really mattered. This game was tough - I thought we played really well in the second half - but this was still a great season."
The game was played in subfreezing temperatures through a relentless, brutally strong wind. The conditions appeared to slow the pace of the game.
Clearview fell behind early on a set piece from 30 yards out, headed in by Ian Faloye, the leading scorer for West Orange (13-7-2).
From there, the game was relatively even. Clearview (13-6-4) built momentum throughout a strong second half and had multiple chances as the game wore on. The Pioneers just couldn't put one in.
"It would have been nice to win this," Burke said. "But knowing that we made Clearview history, I'm happy with that."
Clearview 0 0 - 0
West Orange 1 0 - 1
Goals: WO-Ian Faloye.
Saves: C-Ricky Nelson 6; WO- Diego Pedrido 4.