The South Jersey Futbol Club (SJFC), made up of high school players from Cape May and Atlantic counties, won the EDP Winter Classic held last weekend in Ft. Dix.
The team went 2-0-1, scoring eight goals and conceding only once.
SJFC first defeated Far Post Soccer Academy, the No. 1-ranked team in Vermont, 3-0, behind goals by Julian Cruz, Nick Talvacchio and Trevor Paone.
Next up was A3 United, the sixth-ranked team in Maryland. SJFC won, 3-0, behind two goals by Trevor Paone and a goal by Mario Grdic. Hunter Paone had two assists.
In the championship game, Danny Alejo scored the only goal from an assist from Julian Cruz as SJFC defeated FC Virginia Elite, the sixth-ranked team in Virginia.
SJFC is currently ranked 13th in New Jersey. The team is coached by Lou Paone and Mike Pellegrino.
Pictured from the SJFC team are (from left): bottom row – Mario Grdic, Matt Brook, Trevor Paone, P.J. Brittain, Brian Calderon, Julian Cruz, Ryan Duchat, Marko Grdic; top row – Hunter Paone, Danny Alejo, George Arsenis, Dylan Blauvelt, Nick Talvacchio, Ryan Pellegrino, Ben Hanneman.