Sam Petrone, a soccer superstar, holds the boys’ record for scoring with 86 goals as well as 39 assists, and was named to the Record All-Decade team for his substantial accomplishments.
Sam was a four-year starter who led the Panthers in scoring in each of his four years. In the Fall of 2003, as a ninth grader, Sam scored 14 goals and was awarded B-PSL-Carpenter Honorable Mention. As a sophomore, Sam scored 21 goals and led the team to their first league championship in a decade. After the season, despite only being a sophomore, Sam was named to the First Team, All-North Jersey, Group 1, the Second Team, Bergen County, the Second Team, All Suburban, and the First Team, B-PSL-Carpenter – and was named Player of the Year in the B-PSL. As a junior, Sam scored 25 goals (despite missing five games and playing only a limited amount of time in several others due to an injury while playing with the USA Olympic Men’s Soccer Development Program.). His play led the team (now in Group 2) to a repeat League Championship and to reaching the Group 2, North 1 Section Sectional Championship Final. Sam was named to the First Team, All-North Jersey, All Groups, the First Team, Bergen County, the First Team, All Suburban, and the First Team, B-PSL-King.
As a senior and Team Captain, Sam scored 27 goals and led the team to a third consecutive League Championship. Sam was named to the First Team, All-North Jersey, All Groups, the First Team, Bergen County, the First Team, All Suburban, and the First Team, B-PSL-King – and was named Player of the Year in the B-PSL.
While playing soccer for GRHS, Sam participated in the USA Olympic Men’s Soccer Development Program (ODP), playing on numerous Regional All Star teams that competed in the United States and overseas.
Sam attended Clemson University and then Seton Hall University, where he led the latter team in scoring as a sophomore. He also played for the Red Bull U20 team and then the New Jersey Rangers in the USL Premier Development League. In 2011, he signed with Mjallby AIF, a team then in Sweden’s highest football league. After three years contracted to that team, in 2014, he returned to the United States to play with the Rochester Rhinos. Sam is currently working for Yelp as a Senior Franchise Sales Manager.