Bill Iezzi: Haddon Heights in Soccer Final

Coach Jeff Eppright talked a mile a minute after his Haddon Heights boys' soccer team did what hadn't been done in 36 years: advance to the state final.

In an intermittent downpour Tuesday night at Washington Township, the Garnets won the Group 2 state semifinal over North PLainfield on penalty kicks. They're scheduled to play Cliffside Park for the crown on Nov. 21 at the College of New Jersey.

"It's been a long time coming," Eppright said. "It was a battle-tested game, a war. We started practicing [penalty kicks] from day one. The penalty kicks added to the whole dramatization.

"We've battled every game, every team and we're 19-2-2 going into the state finals and if you would have told me in the beginning of the year that we'd have that record and go to the state finals I'd take it."

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