Boys Soccer – Surf Taco Week 1 Player of the Week: Dan Bodziak, TR East
The first “upset” of the season, at least according to the Shore Sports Network Preseason Top 10, was Toms River East’s wild 4-3, overtime win over Pinelands. Bodziak was the catalyst in that win, racking up a hat trick that included the golden goal in overtime that sealed to seal the win.
The junior forward has since scored in a loss to division rival and three-time defending NJSIAA sectional champion Toms River South and has accumulated four goals and an assist through a 1-3 start for the Raiders, with all four games decided by a one-goal margin and one in overtime.
Bodziak won the closest Player of the Week vote in any sport since Shore Sports Network started running the contests. The Toms River East junior beat out Long Branch senior Stiviny Silva by a mere two votes, 305-303.