Soccer Roundup

Aileen Cahill Breaks Pinelands Regional Girls Soccer Program’s Career Scoring Mark

Oct 03, 2018
Photo by: David Biggy Junior Aileen Cahill (left) scored four goals against Barnegat on Sept. 25 to break the Pinelands Regional girls soccer program's career scoring mark, and later in the week added four more to increase the record to 54.

It may be difficult to decide which was the bigger deal last week – the fact the Pinelands Regional girls soccer team continued its torrid pace as it closed out September, or that the program has a new scoring leader. Behind 13 saves from goalkeeper Brenna DeVoe and a pair of goals from junior strike Aileen Cahill, the Wildcats scored a 2-1 victory over Holmdel on Sept. 29, improving their record to 7-1-1 overall and pushing their winning streak to seven straight since starting the season with a loss and a tie. Both of Cahill’s goals – assisted by senior Alex Hanna and sophomore Sunni DiElmo – came in the second half and increased her school record for goals to 54.

Earlier in the week, during a 7-0 win over Shore Conference Class B South foe Barnegat, Cahill scored four times to break former standout Tori Angelus’ career scoring mark, and during a 7-1 drubbing of B South rival Donovan Catholic scored twice as she began pushing her career total to new heights.

Against the Griffins on Sept. 27, Cahill was just one of three players to score twice, as Bridget Dudas and Hanna also delivered a pair of goals, while Calyn Conway buried the other. Cahill also had four assists, while Dudas and Emily Staino each had one. DeVoe made six saves to aid in the victory.

During the offensive onslaught against the Bengals on Sept. 25, the Wildcats jumped out to a 5-0, first-half lead and barely relented, as DiElmo, Dudas and Hanna added to Cahill’s stellar scoring effort. DiElmo also delivered a pair of assists, while Savannah Beaulieu, Catherine Hanna, Abby Hart, Amanda Sisco and Alyssa Vitiello each assisted goals. DeVoe needed four saves for the shutout.

As for the Wildcats’ seven-game winning streak through the last three weeks of September, not only did it give them tremendous momentum heading into the second half of the season, but it also secured their place atop B South.

Following wins over Lacey, Jackson Liberty and Point Pleasant Borough – the three teams behind Pinelands in the standings – a divisional win over Lakewood (1-8-1) on Oct. 3 would clinch at least a share of the B South title. Another division win over Manchester (3-10) on Oct. 9 would give the Wildcats the title outright.

In between divisional contests this week, Pinelands will be tested by one of A South’s better teams when it travels to square off with Brick (9-3) on Oct. 5.

Pinelands’ Boys Win Streak
Comes to an End

While the girls team has been making noise during the latter half of September, the Pinelands boys soccer team has been making a similar ruckus. Unfortunately, the Wildcats had their six-game winning streak snapped by Holmdel in a 2-0 loss on Sept. 29.

However, within B South the Wildcats (6-3) have surged to the top and last week continued their pace toward a possible second straight division title with a 2-1 win over Barnegat on Sept. 25, followed by a 7-1 victory over Donovan Catholic two days later.

Against the Griffins, Kieran Sundermann led the way with a pair of goals, while Anthony Diaz, Dom DosSantos and Aniello Lubrano each contributed one. Tyler Piazza gave out two assists and Lubrano added another, while goalkeeper Gavin Harris made four saves.

Against the Bengals, an own goal broke a 1-1 tie during the 74th minute, after Sundermann knotted the score during the 35th.

With the victories over B South opponents last week, the Wildcats entered this week with a 5-0 record atop the division with their last, big divisional test slated for Oct. 3 against Lakewood (8-1-1), which is tied for second at 4-1. A win over the Piners would give Pinelands at least a share of the division title.

Barnegat Soccer Teams
Score Victories

Following losses to Pinelands on Sept. 25, both the Barnegat boys and girls soccer teams rebounded with victories later in the week – the boys knocking off B South foe Manchester, 4-1, on Sept. 27, while the girls downed Ranney, 5-0, on Sept. 28.

During the boys’ win over the Hawks, the Bengals (3-3) scored three times in the first half to take control. Aaron Costello, Ricky Norman, Matt White and Alex Zuniga each scored for the Bengals, while goalkeeper Casey Gill managed seven saves. Alexander Cermansky and White each gave out assists as well.

During the girls’ victory over the Panthers, Barnegat (4-6) scored three in the first half and twice in the second for its fourth win of the season. Jillian Jankowski scored a hat trick, while Kierstan Breyta and Samantha Soccodato each buried the ball into the goal once. Gabrielle Pelachaty dished out four assists, and Tianna Rauch added one assist. Quamora Proctor recorded a pair of saves for the shutout.

Southern Girls Soccer Team
Shuts Out Brick

It was a week of shutouts for the Southern Regional girls soccer team. Prior to being shut out, 3-0, by Shore Conference Class A South leader Toms River North on Sept. 27, the Rams (6-3-1) scored a 1-0 shutout of division rival Brick, handing the Green Dragons their third loss of the season.

Assisted by Megan Lockwood, Kayla Singiser buried the only goal of the contest in the first half, while goalkeeper Lindsey Selert registered 11 saves to preserve the goose egg.

—  David Biggy

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