Pinelands Pulls Off Soccer Doubleheader Sweep Over Southern

By DAVID BIGGY | Sep 13, 2017
Photo by: David Biggy Pinelands Regional’s Caden Sundermann delivers the game-winning goal on a penalty kick during the first overtime of the Wildcats’ 2-1 victory over Southern Regional on Sept. 9.

When he was a sophomore, Caden Sundermann was thwarted on his only penalty-kick attempt during a shootout against Cinnaminson in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II tournament. On Sept. 9 against nearby rival Southern Regional, the Pinelands Regional senior struck gold.

“I’ve been practicing my PKs, so when I put it down I knew where I was going to place the ball,” said Sundermann, who delivered the golden goal with 50.3 seconds left in the first overtime to give the Wildcats a 2-1 victory. “When you’re ready to take that shot, it’s all mental. You have to know you’re going to make it. All the pressure’s on the keeper.”

Following a 1-1 tie in regulation, the Wildcats (3-0) and Rams (0-2) went to overtime and the play went back and forth for much of the first nine minutes. But as the final minute started ticking down, while the Rams were playing short-handed, junior Kieran Sundermann received a ball from just outside the penalty area, beat a defender to his right and dribbled into the box. Another defender took him down from behind and the referee awarded a penalty kick.

His older brother then stepped up to the penalty spot, placed the ball and buried a two-stride strike off to the left of Southern keeper Cade Johnson, who anticipated the shot to the right but guessed wrong.

“We had other opportunities to score today, but we didn’t finish them,” Caden Sundermann said. “But the only thing that matters is we won the game. It doesn’t matter how we win. Our motto this season is ‘survive and advance.’ And however we do that is fine.”

The Rams grabbed the initial lead with 50 seconds to go in the first half. Following a throw-in from junior forward Cory Galloway, freshman midfielder Kevin Kiernan popped a header over the outstretched arms of Pinelands keeper Logan Johnson.

Just over five minutes into the second half, the Wildcats equalized. Junior Anthony Diaz ran onto a ball served from the left side and slipped a shot past Johnson into the lower-right corner.

During the final 12 minutes, Pinelands junior forward Dom Dos Santos had several chances to give his squad the lead but Johnson made a pair of saves on him. Another shot, off a free kick, sailed wide of the goal.

A bit of controversy at the end of regulation led to Southern captain Ethan Leming getting a red card, putting the Rams down a man for overtime. Still, Southern carried the play during the first four minutes. Pinelands turned up its pressure and ultimately gained control.

“I thought we played well during the first few minutes of overtime, considering we were down a guy,” said Southern coach Guy Lockwood, whose squad also lost a 4-1 decision against Brick Memorial on Sept. 11. “But a technical mistake outside the penalty area allowed Kieran to go to the goal. He made a great move and ran across the defender, and our guy took him down. That shouldn’t happen, but credit Kieran. He’s a good player.”

On Sept. 11, Dos Santos and the Wildcats played another solid game, as he and Kieran Sundermann each buried a pair of goals to send Pinelands to a big, 4-1 victory over Point Pleasant Borough. Diaz set up Sundermann on the first goal and junior Aniello Lubrano delivered the assist on Sundermann’s second goal, which he scored by dribbling through several defenders to get off a shot. Lubrano assisted the first goal scored by Dos Santos. Junior Frank Aguilar sprung Dos Santos with a through-ball for a 3-0 lead.

In the Wildcats’ opener on Sept. 7, Dos Santos and sophomore Creed Nass cashed in with two goals apiece, while Kieran Sundermann added a goal and three assists, and Diaz scored off an assist from freshman John Hart.

“We’re a different team this year,” Caden Sundermann said. “Last year, we had a lot of talent. This year, we have a lot more balance. People might think we’re a wreck because we lost (top scorer) Matt O’Connell, but I don’t see it. We defend as a team and we score as a team.”

Pinelands Girls Knock Off Southern

As part of the soccer doubleheader on Sept. 9, the Pinelands girls squad bounced back from a 1-0 halftime deficit and scored twice during the second half to get by Southern, 2-1, as the Wildcats improved their record to 2-0.

Just over three minutes into the game, a throw-in by senior Shannon Lytle was headed forward by senior Sara Lockwood and delivered to the feet of senior Kaitlyn McHugh, who fired a shot past Pinelands keeper Brenna DeVoe for the initial lead.

Southern sophomore Megan Lockwood threatened to increase the lead with just over two minutes left in the half when she got behind a defender and sent a shot on goal from 15 yards, but DeVoe made the stop, one of eight for the contest.

In the second half, Pinelands junior Savannah Beaulieu equalized and freshman Sunni DiElmo later scored the eventual game-winner. Freshmen Amanda Sisco and Marlee Tharp tallied the assists.

During their opener on Sept. 7, the Wildcats drilled Lakewood, 6-0, behind a hat-trick effort from sophomore Aileen Cahill, who also added two assists. DiElmo scored once and gave out a pair of assists, while junior Alex Hana added a goal and an assist, and Beaulieu scored her first goal of the season.

Prior to their second loss of the season, the Rams opened up with a 5-2 win over Haddon Heights on Sept. 5. They took a 2-1 lead into halftime before unloading three goals in the second half. Megan Lockwood scored twice and gave out two assists, while Sara Lockwood notched a goal and an assist, and senior Jordan Festa and senior Rachael Montesano each added a goal. Lytle and junior Grace Rickards each had assists, while senior keeper Lara Hanneman made five saves for the win.

In a 4-1 loss to Toms River North two days later, Sara Lockwood assisted her younger sister, Megan, for the Rams only goal.

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