All-State First Team Boys’ Soccer Selections, 2022
Dec 6, 2022
FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE
Forward - Nicholas Vales, Sophomore
One of the most athletic forwards in the state, Vales stepped into a starting role this season as a center forward and immediately turned Newark East Side into one of the most dangerous attacking teams in the Super Essex Conference. He’s a creative finisher who often beats his one-on-one matchups and consistently finds gaps in a team’s opposing defense and takes advantage of them. The sophomore forward finished with 13 goals and seven assists this season.
Super Essex Conference Boys’ Soccer Postseason Honors for 2022
With a relatively young and inexperienced core of players, expectations were low for Newark East Side this season.
But under the leadership of Jose Pereira, who just finished his 11th season as head coach, Newark East Side emerged as one of the best teams in the Super Essex Conference, posting a 14-3-1 record while defeating some of the very best teams in the state throughout the season.
East Side defeated the likes of Livingston, Elizabeth, and Montclair, all state-ranked opponents at the time, en route to an 8-0 start. Its only losses this season came at the hands of Seton Hall Prep (twice) and Hunterdon Central in the North 2, Group 4 quarterfinals.
In addition, Newark East Side made it to the Essex County Tournament final for the first time since 2016, falling just short against Seton Hall Prep, 2-1.
The most impressive part of Pereira’s team this year was that his players rarely showed its inexperience on the field. Sophomore forward Nicholas Vales stepped up as the team’s go-to scorer, posting 13 goals and seven assists. Sophomore midfielder Guilherme Mourao Dasilva (four goals, nine assists) consistently improved throughout the year and played with tremendous vision and pace in the middle third of the field. Defensively, junior left back Thierry De Souza led a back line that only allowed 17 goals all season.
Top 20 Ranking
15 - Newark East Side (14-3-1)
Newark East Side’s state tournament run might have ended earlier than it had wanted to, losing to Hunterdon Central in the North 2, Group 4 quarterfinals. However, the Red Raiders ended their season on a high note, winning the Newark Board of Education Soccer Tournament title in a 5-1 victory against Barringer.
Super Essex Conference Boys Soccer All-Stars, 2022
- Nicholas Vales
- Lucas Zuleta
- Raone Da Silva Soares
- Alan Martinez
- Guilherme Mourao
- Thierry De Souza
- Daniel Tavares