Barnegat Leader

Boys Soccer Coach Promises New Approach at Southern Regional

Sep 09, 2016

The Southern Regional High School boys varsity soccer team has a new man at the helm, Guy Lockwood, who is looking to turn around a program that went 3-12-1 (3-10) in the Shore Conference A-South last year. Lockwood replaces Evan Brosniak, who had been head coach since 2009.

“We’re working on some new formations, and some players are going to switch positions,” said Lockwood, who formerly coached travel teams. “It’s going to be an adjustment.”

Returning seniors include Jay Boehle, goalkeeper; Anthony Delagarza, forward; Luke Kretschmer, defenseman; John Loftus, defenseman; Griffin Pounds, goalkeeper; Nick Sinopoli, midfielder; and Fernando Tapia, midfielder.

Lockwood said his returning juniors include forwards Brad Bischoff and Ethan Leming, midfielders Collin McHugh and Joseph Orrico and defenseman Conor Feeney.

The coach is also looking for contributions from several varsity newcomers, including sophomores Dylan Blauvelt and Nico Wojdyla and senior Liam McInerney, midfielders; senior Billy Howard and Sam Iacoves, defensemen; and junior Joseph Kiernan, midfielder/forward.

The Rams faced their first test in their opening game Thursday, Sept. 8, on the road against Toms River North. Last year, Toms River North defeated Southern twice, 6-0 and 2-1.

“They’re one of the strongest teams in our conference,” said Lockwood, who has two daughters playing on Southern’s girls soccer team.

The Rams open their home season on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. against Pinelands Regional.

“We’re rebuilding. But my expectations are that we compete in every match.” said Lockwood.

—E.E.

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