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Unlike other waterproofers in New Jersey, we provide our customers with a streamlined process for all of their waterproofing needs. Our goal is to get to the crux of your home's issues. If we spot signs of water in your basement, we go right to the source of the problem, working hard to fix structural deficiencies to prevent problems like mold growth and foundation damage. We are proud to be New Jersey's one-stop shop for all of your basement waterproofing needs. New Jersey homeowners choose Healthy Way because our experts are friendly, experienced, harworking, and fully certified. We won't rest until your waterproofing problems are solved. Because we specialize in both interior and exterior waterproofing services, you won't have to worry about hiring a laundry list of contractors to correct your moisture problems. Healthy Way provides all-inclusive basement waterproofing in Allentown, it's no surprise that New Jersey residents trust Healthy Way to make their homes more livable every day.

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The Healthy Way Difference

At Healthy Way, we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition by offering the best basement waterproofing services in New Jersey. We won't be happy with our work until you are 100% satisfied, whether you need a thorough moisture inspection or a large-scale waterproofing project. Our basement waterproofing experts are certified, trained, and have worked on more than 4,000 repairs. They understand that your moisture problems aren't like anybody else's, which is why all of our waterproofing proposals are created specifically for your home. You won't find any "one-size-fits-all" solutions here, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

  • Best warranties in the industry
  • Free initial inspection
  • Full-service basement waterproofing
  • Mold remediation
  • Foundation repair
  • Water management solutions tailored to your unique situation

Once your basement waterproofing project is complete, we make it a point to keep our staff available to address any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is your 100% satisfaction, from the moment you call our office to schedule an inspection to the time you sign off on our work.

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With more than two decades of experience and a team of fully certified and trained waterproofing professionals, there is no waterproofing project in New Jersey that we can't handle. When not addressed, water and moisture problems can cause serious health risks for your family. We're talking buckling walls, sinking foundations, and even toxic mold. With your home's value and your family's health on the line, you must attack these problems head-on, and the best way to do that is by bringing in the Healthy Way team. Some signs of existing water problems in your home can include:

  • Signs of rust or oxidation on metal fixtures
  • Mildew residue
  • Water stains on your foundation's walls and floors
  • Erosion of your concrete
  • Mineral deposits found on pipes
  • Flooded landscaping after heavy rain or snow
  • Pooling water around your foundation's interior
  • Humidity levels above 60% in your basement or crawlspace
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Basement Waterproofing in Allentown

Healthy Way has been providing the most trusted, effective basement waterproofing in New Jersey since 2007. Waterproofing your basement is crucial to protecting the value of your home and the safety of your family. That is why we only employ the best, brightest, fully-certified experts, who will treat your home like it was their very own. Taking shortcuts just isn't in our nature. We use innovative technology and time-tested techniques to discover and solve your basement's water-related problems.

Because basement wall leaks and water seepage are often caused by structural issues, external waterproofing is required. While some companies only seal the interior walls of your basement, Healthy Way goes the extra mile to fix your water issues inside and out. That way, your basement leaks stop for good.

Once we find the root of the water issues in your basement, we will get to work on a custom-designed solution that will exceed your basement waterproofing needs.

Our basement waterproofing services in New Jersey help prevent the following problems:

  • Mold growth, which can cause serious health hazards for your family
  • Basement flooding
  • Loss of valuables
  • Serious water damage to your home's walls and floors
  • Decrease in home value

Don't wait to address the moisture developing in your basement - call Healthy Way today for a customized solution to your water seepage problems.

What Causes Moisture in Your Basement?

It's easy to spot water leaking through a crack in your basement, but most homeowners don't know that there is a potential for water issues without heavy rains or obvious signs of standing water. At Healthy Way, we try to educate our clients on the real causes of water in your basement. Here are two of the most common reasons why you might need basement waterproofing in Allentown:

Clay Bowl Effect

The "Clay Bowl" Effect

It might not be evident on the surface, but many basements are built in a below-grade dip, which is surrounded by backfill. Because backfill is made up of soil that was removed during foundation digging, it creates an empty shape or "bowl" effect. Once the foundation is finished, this loose soil is placed back around the foundation. Unfortunately, soil of this consistency is more absorbent and porous than the undisturbed soil around it, which is hard-packed and less porous. When rain or thunderstorms occurs, the soil closest to your home becomes saturated, putting pressure on your basement walls.

Hydrostatic Pressure

Hydrostatic Pressure:

This kind of pressure affects homeowners with property built below the water table or on a hillside where water runs down a hill. When the soil around your foundation becomes saturated, it will expand and put intense pressure on the walls of your foundation and basement. This pressure can create cracks, giving water an easy route into your basement.

How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs

Having a wet basement not only puts your health at risk, it lowers the value of your home and makes it more difficult to sell. The good news? We offer a number of waterproofing services and products to solve your problems fast. A few of our solutions include:

  • Sump pumps
  • Perimeter drainage systems
  • Doorway drainage systems
  • High-strength washer hoses
  • Floor and wall crack repair
  • Replacement windows
  • Flood protection for your water heater

When you use Healthy Way for basement waterproofing in New Jersey, you can rest easy knowing that all our systems come with a written, lifetime warranty. This warranty is transferrable, meaning you can re-establish your home's value and give future owners confidence knowing that their new home is protected.

The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process

Because every home is different, your basement waterproofing solution could be vastly different than that of your next-door neighbor. Many factors play a part when it comes to keeping your basement dry and safe for living. As a general rule, we approach each issue with a "prevention over repair" mindset. By taking this stance, we give our clients a more cost-effective, long-term resolution. We're not in the business of putting a "Band-Aid" on your water problem - we want to fix your issue completely, so you don't have to worry about recurring problems. Our effective basement waterproofing systems include a mix of the following strategies:

Interior Waterproofing

Interior Waterproofing

Interior waterproofing methods usually start with our team ensuring that any holes or cracks in your basement floors, walls, and windows are sealed properly. Sealing cracks in your basement is an important first step since this is usually the first place where water can enter your home. Our sealants keep your basement dry and help prevent more moisture from finding its way into your home. Interior waterproofing strategies like these also help lower humidity levels in your basement. While sealants and other interior waterproofing strategies help correct initial issues, they don't usually solve the underlying problem causing leaks in your basement. Those issues are most often found outside your home.

Exterior Waterproofing

Exterior Waterproofing

Once our team is finished with your interior waterproofing, we will move to the exterior of your home. Waterproofing the outside of your home is often a more complex, nuanced goal. Because of the difficult nature of exterior waterproofing, we recommend you consult with our team of professionals before tackling the job on your own. Generally speaking, our team beings the outdoor waterproofing process by excavating the soil around your home's foundation. Once we remove the soil surrounding your foundation, our experts will apply a polymer-based sealant to any cracks we discover. This sealant is a long-term solution and should remain intact for the life of your home. While the Healthy Way team solves your outdoor moisture problems, we will also check your downspouts, to make sure they aren't clogged. An inefficient gutter system does a poor job of directing water away from your home's foundation, which can cause more moisture to seep into your basement over time.

Exterior Waterproofing

Drainage Systems

One of the most common reasons that people need basement waterproofing in cityname is because they have a poor drainage system. A proper drainage system is paramount in keeping your basement dry and your family safe. These systems are meant to direct water away from your home and come in many forms, from French Drains to simple systems like ground soil. If you're thinking of installing a complex drainage system, save yourself some time and check the soil around your foundation first to make sure it isn't retaining moisture. If a more complex system like a sump pump is required, it's best to work with certified professionals like those at Healthy Way, to make sure your drainage system is installed correctly.

WHICH WATERPROOFING SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Because every home is different, it's hard to say what kind of waterproofing solution is right for your situation. Most homeowners require a combination of interior and exterior waterproofing. There are dozens of factors that come into play when it comes to waterproofing your home, so the answer to your problem may be different than your neighbor's. The good news is that Healthy Way is fully equipped to handle whatever moisture issue you're having. We will work tirelessly to make certain your basement is dry, mold-free, and safe to enjoy. That way, you can get back to living life rather than worrying about mold growth or foundation damage.

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GET IT DONE RIGHT, THE FIRST TIME

Other companies may offer temporary or partial solutions. At Healthy Way, we believe in correcting the problem completely, so you save money and have long-term peace of mind. Our goal is to fix your problem to prevent it from coming back, or we won't do the work!

If you require quality basement waterproofing, it all starts with a FREE inspection from our certified waterproofing experts. We will take as much time as you need to find your problem, develop a solution, and walk you through our process step-by-step.

Don't let water leaks and foundation damage create a dangerous environment in your home; contact the experts at Healthy Way today!

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Girls Soccer: Results, links and featured coverage for Tuesday, Sept. 13

TUESDAY, SEPT. 13Featured LinksThe N.J. High School Sports newsletter now appearing in mailboxes 5 days a week. Sign up now and be among the first to get all the boys and girls sports you care about, straight to your inbox each weekday. FEATURED COVERAGENo. 20 Kearny 3, No. 15 West Orange 0Columbia 3, Cedar Grove 2Salem at Pennsville, 4 p.m.Pennington 5, Lawrenceville 0TOP 20 SCOREBOARDSTATEW...

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FEATURED COVERAGE

No. 20 Kearny 3, No. 15 West Orange 0

Columbia 3, Cedar Grove 2

Salem at Pennsville, 4 p.m.

Pennington 5, Lawrenceville 0

TOP 20 SCOREBOARD

STATEWIDE SCOREBOARD

Tuesday, Sep. 13

Northern Burlington 7, Bordentown 2 - Box Score

Immaculate Heart 7, Clifton 0 - Box Score

Ramapo 3, Paramus 0 - Box Score

Wayne Hills 4, Lakeland 0 - Box Score

DePaul 7, Passaic 0 - Box Score

Tenafly 2, Dwight-Englewood 1 - Box Score

Mainland 3, Hammonton 0 - Box Score

Cedar Creek 4, Our Lady of Mercy 3 - Box Score

Ocean City 5, Egg Harbor 0 - Box Score

Holy Spirit 8, Buena 0 - Box Score

Absegami 4, Wildwood Catholic 0 - Box Score

Middle Township 6, Bridgeton 0 - Box Score

Hightstown 3, Lawrence 0 - Box Score

Hopewell Valley 7, West Windsor-Plainsboro South 1 - Box Score

Steinert 7, Trenton 0 - Box Score

Robbinsville 5, West Windsor-Plainsboro North 2 - Box Score

Ewing 6, Nottingham 2 - Box Score

Allentown 2, Princeton 1 - Box Score

Notre Dame 6, Hamilton West 0 - Box Score

Metuchen 6, St. Thomas Aquinas 0 - Box Score

J.P. Stevens 2, Piscataway 1 - Box Score

Woodbridge 2, South Plainfield 1 - Box Score

Colonia 1, New Brunswick 1 - Box Score

Sayreville 2, North Plainfield 1 - Box Score

East Brunswick 1, Old Bridge 0 - Box Score

Monroe 4, South Brunswick 0 - Box Score

Edison 1, North Brunswick 0 - Box Score

North Bergen 3, Union City 2 - Box Score

Bayonne 8, Hudson Catholic 0 - Box Score

Hoboken 8, BelovED Charter 0 - Box Score

Roxbury 3, Kinnelon 1 - Box Score

West Morris 4, Morristown 0 - Box Score

Montville 3, Morris Hills 1 - Box Score

Hopatcong 5, Sussex Tech 0 - Box Score

Tenafly 2, Dwight-Englewood 1 - Box Score

Eastern 4, Cherry Hill East 0 - Box Score

Rancocas Valley 3, Lenape 1 - Box Score

Cherry Hill West 4, Camden Catholic 2 - Box Score

Shawnee 3, Seneca 1 - Box Score

Bishop Eustace 8, Winslow 2 - Box Score

Paul VI 5, Camden Tech 0 - Box Score

Cherokee 1, Moorestown 0 - Box Score

Caldwell 3, Glen Ridge 1 - Box Score

Bloomfield 1, Newark East Side 0 - Box Score

Columbia 3, Cedar Grove 2 - Box Score

Livingston 4, Nutley 0 - Box Score

Kearny 3, West Orange 0 - Box Score

Montclair 2, Newark Academy 0 - Box Score

Golda Och 5, East Orange 0 - Box Score

Millburn 1, Mount St. Dominic 0 - Box Score

Point Pleasant Boro 7, Lakewood 0 - Box Score

Central Regional 4, Brick Township 0 - Box Score

Jackson Liberty 2, Lacey 1 - Box Score

Barnegat 1, Pinelands 0 - Box Score

Toms River East 1, Jackson Memorial 0 - Box Score

Toms River South 3, Southern 0 - Box Score

St. Rose 8, Keyport 0 - Box Score

Brick Memorial 2, Toms River North 1 - Box Score

Gill St. Bernard's 5, Montgomery 2 - Box Score

Delaware Valley 7, South Hunterdon 0 - Box Score

Somerville 6, Warren Hills 0 - Box Score

Bernards 5, Bound Brook 0 - Box Score

Belvidere 6, Manville 0 - Box Score

Woodstown 7, Penns Grove 0 - Box Score

Triton 4, Timber Creek 1 - Box Score

Pitman 7, Wildwood 2 - Box Score

Clayton 7, Gloucester Catholic 1 - Box Score

Clearview 2, Gloucester Tech 1 - Box Score

Williamstown 1, Washington Township 0 - Box Score

Glassboro 7, Overbrook 0 - Box Score

Deptford 3, Cumberland 0 - Box Score

Westfield 2, Summit 0 - Box Score

Gov. Livingston 4, New Providence 2 - Box Score

Cranford 2, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 2 - Box Score

Kearny 3, West Orange 0 - Box Score

Princeton Day 2, Germantown Academy (PA) 1 - Box Score

Pennington 5, Lawrenceville 0 - Box Score

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Times girls soccer notes: Morgan Kotch, Riley Hayes off to hot starts

There are a few takeaways from the first week of the new Times area girls soccer season, but the one that is probably the most accurate is, Morgan Kotch and Riley Hayes are going to score A LOT of goals in 2022.The two combined for 11 goals, and helped lead their teams to an impressive opening two games.Kotch helped Pennington outscore two teams 14-3, while Hayes was pivotal as Hun won two games by a combined 13-2 score.The two teams will meet on September 27 for the first of what could be three games this season: that r...

There are a few takeaways from the first week of the new Times area girls soccer season, but the one that is probably the most accurate is, Morgan Kotch and Riley Hayes are going to score A LOT of goals in 2022.

The two combined for 11 goals, and helped lead their teams to an impressive opening two games.

Kotch helped Pennington outscore two teams 14-3, while Hayes was pivotal as Hun won two games by a combined 13-2 score.

The two teams will meet on September 27 for the first of what could be three games this season: that regular season contest, a potential Mercer County Tournament matchup (hopefully in a final, if the coaches seed the teams properly), and then in a rematch of the epic 2021 Prep A final, won by Hun 4-3 in overtime.

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In the Colonial Valley Conference, the power looks to be in the Colonial, with NJ.com No. 18 Princeton, Hightstown, and Steinert all off to 2-0 starts.

What will happen this week? Read on, after a recap of the opening four days of action.

CVC

Hightstown 4-1 Hopewell Valley: it did not take long for the Rams to make a huge statement in the 2022 season, as they found the net four times in the second half to stun the Bulldogs. Hightstown is 2-0 heading into a big week of action.

Allentown 1-0 Notre Dame: the Redbirds have played 160 minutes without allowing a goal, which is something that should lead to a lot of wins. Lindsey Hines got the winner for Allentown.

Steinert 4-1 Robbinsville: Spartans got two goals from Adriana Ryder to knock off neighbors Robbinsville. Ryder should score a lot of goals in CVC play.

BCSL

Bordentown 5-2 Collingswood: the lone win from the five area BCSL teams (along with Florence, New Egypt, Northern Burlington, and STEMCivics) came over the weekend. Victoria Wheeler and Julie Wojcik each had a pair of goals in the victory.

SKYLAND

Manville 1-0 South Hunterdon: slim loss for the Eagles, who have to bounce back this week.

PREP

Hun 3-2 Mercersburg: the Raiders went to the Mainline Jamboree and won their first game 10-0, thane came back on Saturday and pulled out a big win over a tough opponent. Riley Hayes had two goals in the win over Mercersburg, and will be pivotal to the team all season.

Pennington 6-1 Archbishop Ryan (PA): opening night was a nice one for the Red Hawks against one of the Philadelphia Catholic League powerhouses. Morgan Kotch had four goals on the evening.

BEST GAMES OF THE UPCOMING WEEK

Tuesday, Sept. 13

Pennington (2-0) at Lawrenceville (0-1-1), 4:30 p.m.: Red Hawks head on the road for the first time.

Hun (2-0) at Episcopal (PA), 4 p.m.: Hun heads back to the Philadelphia area to take on the INTERAC power.

Thursday, Sept. 15

Robbinsville (1-1) at Allentown (2-0), 4 p.m.: Redbirds and Ravens meet, with Allentown looking to keep perfect start going.

Friday, Sept. 16

Cinnaminson (0-1) at Northern Burlington (0-1), 3:45 p.m.: key BCSL Liberty battle.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Allentown (2-0) at Steinert (2-0), 10 a.m.: test for both CVC teams.

TIMES AREA GREAT EIGHT

1. Pennington (2-0)

2. Hun (2-0)

3. Princeton Day School (1-0)

4. Steinert (2-0)

5. Princeton (2-0)

6. Hightstown (2-0)

7. Allentown (2-0)

8. Lawrence (2-0)

AREA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Morgan Kotch, F, Pennington, Jr.: six goals in two big wins for the No. 18 ranked team in the country, and she has also been a facilitator for the offense. If she is on the pitch, this Pennington team is going to be very tough to beat.

AREA PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH: WEEK 1

1. Morgan Kotch, F, Pennington, Jr.: six goals in two games, and there will be many more.

2. Riley Hayes, F, Hun, Sr.: she is right behind Kotch with five goals so far in two games, and should go head-to-head for the area scoring title in 2022.

3. Reagan Amberson, CB, Pennington, Sr.: when the games get tougher, Amberson is going to be at the center of the defense for the Red Hawks cleaning up and starting attacks.

4. Olivia Spektor, MF, Hun, Jr.: she led the team in assists last year in the Prep A title run, and will be a pivotal player for Jennifer Barrett in 2022.

5. Sophia Murphy, CDM, Pennington, Jr.: she has settled perfectly into the six, and will be key in front of Amberson, Lina Ballman, and Ava Glass.

AREA TEAM OF THE WEEK

Hightstown (2-0): the Rams have been dominant in two wins, with the 4-1 victory over Hopewell Valley an eye-opener around the CVC. Charlotte Garcia and Abby Shwom both have four goals in the early part of the year.

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Robbinsville wins first sectional title with dramatic 2OT victory over Allentown

This was not the easiest season for Robbinsville forward Bora Turker.The junior missed the entire first month of the campaign, as his Ravens won eight of 10 games to begin 2022 with Turker sidelined, but raring to get back in action.When Turker did finally get back on the pitch to join what had become a very interesting team, Robbinsville quickly became a scary side: in his first match back, he helped the Ravens win the Colonial Valley Conference Valley Division title for the first time with three game-winning goals in his firs...

This was not the easiest season for Robbinsville forward Bora Turker.

The junior missed the entire first month of the campaign, as his Ravens won eight of 10 games to begin 2022 with Turker sidelined, but raring to get back in action.

When Turker did finally get back on the pitch to join what had become a very interesting team, Robbinsville quickly became a scary side: in his first match back, he helped the Ravens win the Colonial Valley Conference Valley Division title for the first time with three game-winning goals in his first three games back on the pitch.

Saturday night, though, in the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 3 sectional final, Turker and the top-seeded Ravens had their work cut out for them against 10th-seeded CVC rivals Allentown, which had kept three clean sheets in three sectional contests.

And for 74 minutes, it looked like the Redbirds were going to keep a fourth clean sheet, and win a first sectional title since 2013. But then, Turker came to the rescue when his team needed him the most–twice–to lead Robbinsville to more history.

Turker scored with six minutes to go regulation to tie the game, then stepped up in the 99th minute in double overtime from the penalty spot and scored to give the Ravens a dramatic 2-1 victory just 100 seconds before the title would have been decided in penalties.

Robbinsville (17-4) will now travel to face two-time defending South Jersey, Group 3 champion Cherry Hill West (13-4-3), which beat top-seeded Shawnee 0-0 (4-3 in penalties), on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

“We didn’t want it to go to pens,” Turker said. “We wanted to end it there in overtime. Well, preferably we wanted to do it in the first 80 minutes, but we got it tied 1-1. We just wanted to end it in overtime, but that is what we did.”

After a scoreless first half that was not devoid of chances, it was Allentown (11-8-3) that found a breakthrough through Cade Maglione early in the second half. Maglione got on a ball and hit a rocket from 35 yards out that beat keeper Ronit Rijhwani to make it 1-0. That is what is was going to take to beat the Rijhwani, who came up with numerous huge saves on the night that would eventually win his team the match. Like Turker, Maglione missed time in his junior year, but came back at the right time to lead this change to a sectional final.

“We had been game planning for weeks to get here,” Maglione said. “We knew we were going to get here. When we got that goal, we were ready to win it all: the energy was so crazy. It felt good to get that in early.”

The visitors kept their sectional scoreless steak going and had it up to 345 minutes, before a defensive breakdown opened the door for the Ravens. With most of the threat all night coming down the left wing from Nana Kofi Appiah, it was Alex Ivanov on the right wing that decided the contest. Ivanov played the ball to a wide open Turker in the middle of the six in the 74th minute, and Turker–who had hit the post earlier–put this one away to make it 1-1.

But that momentum did not carry over into overtime, and the game looked like it would be decided by spot kicks.

That was the case, although it came from a foul. Ivanov was scythed down in the box by the Allentown keeper, and Turker stepped up to the spot and converted, although it was not without some tense moments prior to the kick.

“I have heard their goalkeeper likes to do his homework,” Turker said. “Usually, I place it to the right, so I decided to go down the middle.”

Now, after two firsts so far this season that have ended with two trophies, Robbinsville is looking for a couple more: a first state title game appearance, and a first state title. With Turker leading the line, anything is possible.

“I didn’t know how long I was going to be out,” Turker said. “Thankfully, it was shorter than expected. The guys did a great job getting to 8-2 before I came back, and we just went all the way. We are going out to win the whole thing. We don’t know about Cherry Hill, but we know we are good enough to win the state championship.”

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Laurinaitis’ OT goal leads 10th-seeded Allentown into all-CVC Central 3 final

Often times when a double-digit seed gets into the second week of any tournament, the thinking is that whatever happens from then on is gravy.But what about when two double-digit seeds get matched up in late in a bracket?That was the case Wednesday, as the 10th-seeded Allentown Redbirds hosted 14th-seeded Matawan in the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 3 semifinals, with the winner moving on for a chance to win a trophy. Now, what started as a dream last week became a chance at reality, and the stakes were much higher.For Al...

Often times when a double-digit seed gets into the second week of any tournament, the thinking is that whatever happens from then on is gravy.

But what about when two double-digit seeds get matched up in late in a bracket?

That was the case Wednesday, as the 10th-seeded Allentown Redbirds hosted 14th-seeded Matawan in the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 3 semifinals, with the winner moving on for a chance to win a trophy. Now, what started as a dream last week became a chance at reality, and the stakes were much higher.

For Allentown, which struggled for much of the regular season with injuries and tough losses, the gravy might have to wait until Thanksgiving.

Thomas Laurinaitis scored in the second overtime period to lead Allentown into the Central Jersey, Group 3 final with a 1-0 victory and end Matawan’s (8-9-1) run.

The Redbirds (11-7-3) move on to face top-seeded Robbinsville (16-4), which knocked off fourth-seeded Neptune 2-0, Saturday. Robbinsville beat Allentown 1-0 on September 15 in Colonial Valley Conference play.

Allentown scored off a short corner very early into the second extra period, as Julian Ramirez took a pass from Cade Maglione and skipped past a defender on the end line and found Laurinaitis, who was standing unmarked 10 yards from goal and calmly struck his laces through the ball to end the epic contest.

“It was a tough game out there today,” Laurinaitis said. “We have been playing tough games all year, and we knew we could do it. I was just looking for any ball at that point, and it fell to me.”

“Every time we have a corner, we have two different plays,” Ramirez said. “This team, we knew they were big and physical, so we knew on a long corner we might not win it. So we went short. We tried it throughout the game, but it finally worked there. I told Cade I was going to go for it, because there were two guys. I looked up and saw a red shirt, and put it to him, and he scored.”

“I had that one-v-one with that defender a couple times, and he was tough, but I

Allentown came out in the first 15 minutes and controlled the play, but despite that early domination, the hosts could not put a goal on the board. The Redbirds did score, but the offside flag went up, and the game remained scoreless.

The match started to get more physical in the final 25 minutes of the first half, with three yellow cards shown, which would prove pivotal in the second half.

With the mating scoreless at the break, Allentown had a chance to finally take the lead within 25 seconds of the second half restart. Cade Maglione was chopped down in the box and stepped up to tale the spot kick, but was denied by Matawan keeper Mateusz Reczek, who dove to his left and got his glove on the ball just inside the post to keep the match scoreless.

The job for the lower seed got that much tougher in the next four minutes, after Andrew Battipaglia was sent off for his second bookable offense. Matawan had to play the final 35 minutes of regulation down a man, but it did not damper the spirits of the visitors.

Matawan had a number of set piece chances in the final 30 minutes, but could not trouble the Allentown keeper, and both teams went to the final 15 minutes looking for the goal that would send them into the sectional final.

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It was not until the goal went in the the final matchup was set, and we knew which double-digit seed still had a chance to stun the world Saturday.

“We will plan for them all week,” Laurinaitis said. “But we know we are better than we were the last time we played them.”

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Allentown breaks down stubborn Hopewell Valley to move into CJ 3 semifinals

There have been some constants throughout the 2022 Times area girls soccer season.Allentown’s junior midfielder Bella Conti has been the main playmaker for the Colonial Valley Conference Valley Division champions, but it has been the defense that has completed stifled nearly every opponent it has faced this year.For Hopewell Valley, the defense has also been key, especially late in the season, as the offensive attack has slowed down to a crawl: outside of the Ewing game (4-1), the Bulldogs have scored just two goals in th...

There have been some constants throughout the 2022 Times area girls soccer season.

Allentown’s junior midfielder Bella Conti has been the main playmaker for the Colonial Valley Conference Valley Division champions, but it has been the defense that has completed stifled nearly every opponent it has faced this year.

For Hopewell Valley, the defense has also been key, especially late in the season, as the offensive attack has slowed down to a crawl: outside of the Ewing game (4-1), the Bulldogs have scored just two goals in their other eight October matches.

Those trends all held up Saturday in the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 3 quarterfinals, as second-seeded Allentown got a 49th minute goal from Conti to knock off seventh-seeded Hopewell 1-0.

The Redbirds (16-3) will host third-seeded Middletown South–which beat rivals Middletown North–Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Conti spent the first half pinging balls off the woodwork, as she hit the post and the crossbar with chances that would have given the hosts the lead. But the Bulldogs’ defense, led in large part by the play of keeper Lucy Fleming, kept the Redbirds off the scoreboard.

Allentown kept attacking after the intermission, and the breakthrough finally came in the first 10 minutes of the second half from a moment of individual brilliance from the top player in the CVC. Conti dribbled past two defenders and fired home to make it 1-0, and give the higher seed some breathing room.

“We knew one of the shots were going to fall,” Conti said. “We never felt like we could lose this game, so we came in confident. We got one, thankfully. I was just trying to get something on target.”

Over the next half hour, the Redbirds continued to pepper the Hopewell net, but Fleming kept her team in the contest and allowed the visitors to get up the pitch more often than it had for the first 50 minutes. But the Allentown defense, which has allowed just seven goals now in 19 games (12 clean sheets) and just once allowed more than a goal, held strong to send the Mercer County Tournament finalist into the second week of the state tournament.

“It is so nice for us to be able to attack because we can trust our defense,” Conti said. “When we have that trust, we can go ahead and get forward, because we know they will have our back.”

“I think we play well just because we have so much chemistry on and off the field,” Allentown defensive midfielder Samantha Allen said. “We have grown so much over the season, and we are just so comfortable with each other.”

With top-seeded Steinert winning as well, will we finally get to see the much-anticipated second game after the Spartans won 1-0 way back on September 17? That game is still a week away: the Redbirds (and Steinert) needs to take care of business Tuesday first before they can even entertain thoughts of a revenge match.

“I think it is just game by game right now,” Allen said. “We are definitely prepared for Steinert, and we want revenge, but it is just one step at a time.”

Fleming ended the match with 14 saves for the Bulldogs (8-7-5).

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