The East Brunswick High School boys soccer team, led by Head Coach Terry McKibbin, had an impressive 2023 season. Showcasing resilience and growth, the team achieved a record of 10-7-1. Standout players Ryan Berg and Alex Vasquez were named to the All-GMC team for their exceptional performances, and along with Maxim Andreyev, were recognized in the All-Red Division. The team demonstrated remarkable skill and teamwork, particularly in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament. Their journey reflected not just wins and losses but also the development of character and teamwork.

Season Highlights:
The Bears faced a challenging start to the season, with initial losses against Monroe (2-1), Old Bridge (2-1), and South Brunswick (3-2). Despite these early setbacks, the team displayed their fighting spirit in a 2-2 tie with St. Joseph (Met.) on September 19.

Mid-Season Turnaround:
The turning point came with a victory against North Brunswick (4-2), initiating a series of wins including triumphs over Colonia (3-2), Old Bridge (2-0), and a revenge match against Monroe (4-1), showcasing the team’s adaptability and growth.

Notable Matches:

The team faced a tough rematch with South Brunswick on September 30, narrowly losing 2-1.
A notable loss against New Brunswick (4-0) was followed by a redemption win against St. Joseph (Met.) (3-1).
They secured a victory against Jackson Memorial (2-1), continuing their winning momentum.

Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament Performance:
In the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, the Bears displayed remarkable skill and teamwork. They secured wins against J.P. Stevens (2-1) and Colonia (3-1) in the first round and quarterfinals, respectively. However, their journey ended in the semifinals with a loss against Monroe (2-0).

NJSIAA Tournament Journey:
The Bears continued to showcase their resilience in the NJSIAA Tournament. They triumphed over Freehold Township (3-0) in the first round of Central Jersey, Group 4. However, their journey concluded in the quarterfinals with a defeat against Old Bridge (2-0).

The 2023 season was a testament to the East Brunswick High School boys soccer team’s tenacity and growth. Under Coach McKibbin’s guidance, the team overcame early challenges to secure significant victories. Their performance in both the conference and state tournaments showcased their skill and potential.

As we reflect on the season, it’s clear that the team’s journey was not just about the wins and losses; it was about the development of character, teamwork, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Congratulations to the East Brunswick High School Boys Soccer team for their impressive 2023 season. The community eagerly awaits what they will achieve in the future.