High School Soccer Roundup

Southern, Barnegat Soccer Squads Remain Unbeaten

By David Biggy | Sep 18, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Southern’s Gianna Simon scores on a breakaway during the Rams’ 8-2 rout of Toms River South on Sept. 10.

Surf City — If the current trend continues with local high school soccer teams, late October and early November will be an exciting time. As of Sept. 16, several squads remained unbeaten, while the others overcame rough starts with recent winning streaks.

Following a pair of wins during the first week of the season, both the Southern girls and Barnegat boys added three more victories last week, while the Barnegat girls continued their hot streak with four more wins, as each squad improved to 5-0.

Southern started off with two goals in the first half against Atlantic Tech on Monday, then added another during the second half for a 3-0 win. Goalkeeper Lindsey Selert registered 12 saves for the shutout.

On Sept. 12, Southern took on Shore Conference Class A South rival Brick Memorial, jumped out to a 3-1, halftime lead, and poured on four more second half goals for a 7-1 triumph. Brookelle Kline scored three goals and gave out two assists, while Gianna Simon delivered a pair of goals and an assist, and Megan Lockwood added a goal and two assists. Hailey Hochstrasser had a goal and an assist, and Karagan Bulger contributed an assist.

Against division foe Toms River South on Sept. 10, the Rams struck for four goals in each half during an 8-2 rout, as Simon and Hochstrasser, who gave out two assists, each buried a pair of goals. Bulger, Kline, Lockwood and Stefani Leonard each scored once. Alex Mattner dished out two assists and Lockwood and Leonard each assisted on goals.

Meanwhile, the Barnegat girls continued their torrid start on Monday as well, cruising past Long Branch, 6-1, as Torre Stanish delivered three goals and Jill Jankowski contributed two goals and three assists to lead the Bengals. Kelsea Jecas scored the other goal, while Isabel Guiro and Cara McCoy each gave out assists. Goaltender Angelica Laudati made four saves.

During a 4-0 win over Keyport on Sept. 13, the Bengals scored three times in the first half and never looked back. Jankowski scored twice and gave out two assists, while Erin Breyta added a goal and assist, and Jecas scored once. Laudati made five saves to record the shutout. A day earlier, Guiro buried the only goal of the contest during Barnegat’s 1-0 victory over Lacey, as Laudati managed 15 saves to preserve the goose egg. On Sept. 10, Jecas and Guiro each scored to give the Bengals a 2-0 win over Point Pleasant Borough, while Laudati came up with 20 saves.

After starting off with a pair of wins during the first week, the Barnegat boys mustered a pair of one-goal victories as well as a two-goal triumph last week – knocking off Ranney, 2-1, in overtime on Sept. 13, after notching a 4-2 win over Lacey on Sept. 12 and 2-1 win over Point Borough on Sept. 10.

Against Ranney, senior Matt White opened the scoring in the first half and Alex Zuniga netted the game-winner during the first minute of overtime. Grady White had an assist. In their win against Lacey, the Bengals received a pair of goals from Matt White, while Grady Edwards managed a goal and an assist, and Jesse Hedlund added a goal. Hedlund and Matt White also scored the two goals against Point Borough, and Lucas Holland stopped 11 shots on goal to secure the victory.

As for the Southern boys, the Rams remained unbeaten through Monday after they bounced Atlantic Tech, 5-1. Southern broke a 1-1, halftime deadlock with four goals in the second half. Kevin Kiernan scored three times, while Nico Leonard and Mario Addiego each registered a goal and an assist. Nick Budd, Brandon Notte and Ben Hanneman each gave out assists as the Rams improved to 3-0-1.

Following a scoreless tie at halftime on Sept. 12, Southern’s Luke Hart scored the eventual game-winner in the second half as the Rams went on to edge Shore Conference Class A South rival Brick Memorial, 1-0. Leonard had the assist. Two days earlier, the Rams ended up playing to a scoreless tie with Toms River South.

Pinelands Squads Get on Winning Track

After scoring just one goal during its first two games, the Pinelands Regional girls scored three straight victories to get onto a winning track, including a 5-0 romp against division rival Central Regional on Sept. 16. During the win over the Golden Eagles, Aileen Cahill scored three goals while Sunni DiElmo added two.

Against division foe Jackson Liberty on Sept. 12, all the scoring arrived in the second half, which included goals by DiElmo and Bridget Dudas. Cahill had an assist and goalkeeper Brenna DeVoe recorded 10 saves to help preserve the Wildcats’ second win of the season. On Sept. 10, Pinelands grabbed its first win with a 4-1 victory over Lacey, during which Cahill and DiElmo each struck for two goals and an assist. Dudas and Marlee Tharp also had assists.

Meanwhile, the Pinelands boys also grabbed a pair of wins following a 1-1 start, beating Jackson Liberty, 5-1, on Sept. 13, and Lacey, 2-0, on Sept. 10. Against Jackson Liberty, Adam Grelak, Tony Aguilar, Johnny Hart, Logan Johnson and Creed Nass each scored goals. Alex Dimm and Tyler Piazza each dished out assists.

In their win against Lacey, the Wildcats received both goals from Hart. Aguilar added an assist, while Gavin Harris managed five saves for the shutout.

— David Biggy




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