A stellar defensive outing and some gutsy offensive performances put the Hackensack Comets right where they wanted to be: in playoff contention.
Christopher Guevara and Marco Carramussa each scored second-half goals and the Comets' defense took care of the rest in their 2-0 blanking of Paramus on Tuesday afternoon in a live-streamed boys soccer showdown on MSGVarsity.com
Goalkeeper Graeham Gotrell turned aside 16 shots in a sterling effort for Hackensack, which clinched a spot in the upcoming Bergen County tournament.
"It's a great feeling," Gotrell said. "We wanted this one very bad and it's a huge boost that should carry us for the rest of the season and hopefully into the state playoffs."
Guevara snapped a scoreless tie in the 51st minute to help the Comets improve their record to 6-4-1 several days after notching a 5-2 win over Teaneck.
"I was the only one who went in there, and no one was covering me," Guevara said. "So, I was able to put it in."
Carramussa, meanwhile, doubled the advantage and sealed the triumph two minutes later with a point-blank attempt.
"In the beginning we were passing well," Carramussa said. "Then we were able to get some chances."
Coming off a 3-2 setback in double-overtime against Wallington two days prior, Paramus was denied its third win in four contests. The Spartans fell to 8-4 overall.
These two teams met once earler in the campaign, and Paramus escaped with a 1-0 triumph on September 14.
Check back later for a photo gallery of this contest.
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