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Saddle Brook Goalie Makes History, Credits Her Team

Alexa Bufi, senior captain of the Saddle Brook girls soccer team, is the school's all-time leader in shutouts.
Alexa Bufi, senior captain of the Saddle Brook girls soccer team, is the school's all-time leader in shutouts. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. — The objective for any goaltender is to hold the other team scoreless, a feat Saddle Brook senior Alexa Bufi accomplished more than anyone else in school history.

Bufi broke the high school's record for shutouts over her four-year career. The senior captain ended the regular season with 31 shutouts, two more than the previous record set in 2011.

"It was a really exciting time for me," Bufi said. "It was a great accomplishment, but it wasn't just for me. It was really a team thing."

All eight of the Falcons' wins came via shutout this season.

Head coach Steve Olshalsky credited the leadership of Bufi and fellow senior captains — Allison Iadarola and Kady Toledo — with turning their season around after a slow start.

"She's so athletic," Olshalsky said of his goalkeeper. "She's kept us in games. She can make phenomenal saves and a lot of times we can rally off that."

Iadarola said she always feels safe on the field because she knows Bufi will make the stop.

"She knows where we are all the time," Toledo added. "It's kind of like we're always thinking the same thing."

The goalie finished the regular season with 88 saves, including a high of 15 against Hasbrouck Heights on Oct. 22.

Communication has been the key to Bufi's record, her coach said. Bufi, however, credited her teammates for her success.

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