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Soccer - Boys' Varsity

After graduating from Pennington, Chad Bridges '96 became a four-year starter on Lenny Armuth’s soccer team at Drew University and captained the squad to its second consecutive NCAA tournament in 1999. Now he is back at Pennington, coming full circle to coach one of the top soccer programs in the region.

“It’s the best to be back at a place I love that means so much to me. Pennington helped shape me as an athlete and a person,” said Bridges, who is also the Coaching Director of Next Level Soccer Academy, a club he founded.

Bridges earned numerous all-conference and all-region accolades during his junior and senior years at Pennington, in addition to being honored as one of the fiercest defenders in the nation. He is proud to have played – and continue to play – such a prominent role in a strong tradition of success.

Pennington’s soccer program began in 1932, as a result of the efforts of Dean Nelson and Henry Eleniewski. The program won eight Prep B Championships during a thirteen-year period from 1979 to 1991, and more recently the Red Raiders won the Prep B title in the fall of 2008. Since that time, Pennington has played in the NJISAA Prep A state tournament.

In 2012, the team won its first Mercer County Tournament (MCT) championship, defeating Trenton Catholic Academy in a night game played at Rider University. The game marked the second time Pennington played in the championship contest of the prestigious and highly competitive MCT. Pennington added its second Mercer County Tournament title in 2016.

The Red Raiders also won the first NJISAA Prep A soccer title in School history in 2016 as they defeated St. Benedict's Prep 3-1 in the championship game, which was played at home on the Tom Liwosz Turf Field. St. Benedict's had won the Prep A title 27 times prior to Pennington's impressive victory. The boys' team ended up with a number-four berth in the Top Drawer soccer national rankings.

The program has produced several college-level players at schools such as University of Richmond, Connecticut College, Lafayette, University of Maryland, Quinnipiac, Rutgers, Hamilton College, University of Virginia, University of Connecticut, Amherst College, Franklin & Marshall, St. Louis University, and Drew University.

“I’m very proud of the boys who have come through the program and who are still actively playing," says Coach Bridges. "Pennington helps shape and mold kids to be successful, here and after they leave.”

Results and Schedule

Team Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Result Score
Soccer - Boys' Varsity
Pre-season Camp Begins
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Shipley School
Haverford School Away
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Germantown Friends School
Shipley School Away
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Delbarton School
Away
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Delbarton School
Away
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Mercersburg Academy
Tom Liwosz Field (Turf Field at Pennington) Home Win 1-0
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Delran High School
Away Loss 1-2
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Lawrenceville School
Tom Liwosz Field (Turf Field at Pennington) Home Win 1-0
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
LaSalle High School
USTC Downingtown PA Away Win 2-0
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Hun School of Princeton
Away Win 2-1
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Germantown Academy
Away Win 6-2
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
St. Benedict’s Prep School
Riverfront Park Away Loss 1-5
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Princeton Day School
Tom Liwosz Field (Turf Field at Pennington) Home Win 4-3
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Blair Academy
Blair Academy Away Win 4-0
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
George School
Tom Liwosz Field (Turf Field at Pennington) Home Win 6-0
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Hill School
Tom Liwosz Field (Turf Field at Pennington) Home Loss 2-0
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Peddie School
Tom Liwosz Field (Turf Field at Pennington) Home Win 5-2
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Homecoming Day, Hopewell Valley Central High School
Tom Liwosz Field (Turf Field at Pennington) Home Win 2-1
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Mercer County Tournament First Round, Trenton Catholic Academy
Tom Liwosz Field (Turf Field at Pennington) Home Win 9-1
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Mercer County Tournament Quarterfinal, Hightstown High School
Tom Liwosz Field (Turf Field at Pennington) Home Win 6-2
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Mercer County Tournament Semifinal, Princeton High School
Hopewell Valley Central High School Away Win 2-1
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Mercer County Tournament Final at College of New Jersey, West Windsor-Plainsboro South
The College of New Jersey Away Win 2-0
Soccer - Boys' Varsity vs.
Blair Academy
Tom Liwosz Field (Turf Field at Pennington) Home Loss 1-0

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Chad Bridges '96

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Billy Hawkey '10

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