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Pinelands Regional Boys Soccer Team Edges Shore to Keep Win Streak Alive

Sep 26, 2018
Photo by: David Biggy Pinelands Regional’s Kieran Sundermann prepares to control the ball on a throw-in during the Wildcats’ 3-2, come-from-behind victory over Shore Regional on Sept. 22.

Down by a pair of goals at halftime, the Pinelands Regional boys soccer team had to find a way not only to score goals in the second half on Sept. 22, but also score enough to maintain its current winning streak. The Wildcats managed to do both during the final 40 minutes.

While the defense tightened up against Shore Regional, the offense found its scoring touch, receiving a pair of goals from senior Kieran Sundermann and another from junior Creed Nass, and the Wildcats went on to edge the Blue Devils, 3-2, for their fourth straight victory. Sundermann, John Hart and Jack Doyle each had assists. Gavin Hart and Logan Johnson split time in goal, and each managed a pair of saves.

Pinelands (4-2) lost its first two contests of the season against Shore Conference Class A South opponents but has been solid since, knocking off Class B South rivals Lacey, Jackson Liberty and Point Pleasant Borough prior to its non-divisional matchup with Shore.

Against Point Borough on Sept. 19, the Wildcats received two goals from Sundermann and one each from Dom Dos Santos, Hart and Aniello Lubrano, as they cruised past the Panthers, 5-2. Hart, Lubrano and Anthony Diaz each delivered assists.

The other two B South wins were 3-0 and 1-0 shutouts against Lacey and Liberty, respectively, during the previous week. At 3-0 in the division and due to changes in the scheduling for division opponents – the Shore Conference now permits teams to play division foes only once – Pinelands is in prime position to win the division. The Wildcats’ three remaining divisional contests are against Barnegat (2-2), Donovan Catholic (1-2-1) and Manchester (2-4).

Southern Football Squad
Snags First Win of Season

After starting the season 0-2 and scoring only three points in the process, the Southern Regional football team found its offense during the school’s homecoming game on Sept. 22. The Rams scored 18 points in the first half and added two more touchdowns during the second half for their first win of the season, a 32-13 drubbing of Marlboro.

Southern (1-2) jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when quarterback Carmen Deo tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to J.T. Cornelius. In the second quarter, Deo completed a 5-yard TD pass to Pat Scully for the first of two scores, the second occurring later in the quarter when Deo ran the ball into the end zone from 9 yards out.

The Rams scored the only touchdown of the third quarter when running back Thomas Barnett busted into the end zone from a yard out. Hank Gallacher succeeded on the point-after kick to make it 25-0. In the fourth quarter, Christian Torres picked off an Alex Schutzer pass and took it 20 yards to the house before Gallacher added another PAT to make it a 32-7 game.

Deo, who was awarded the Larry Dunfee Homecoming Game MVP, finished 6-for-11 for 81 yards. Receivers Nick Sinatra caught a pair of those passes for 50 yards, while Cornelius snatched a pair for 20 yards, and Trevor Gouveia added a reception for 22 yards.

On the ground, Barnett carried 13 times for 65 yards and Joe Guglielmo carried 17 times for 61 yards. Defensively, Luke Galan recorded five tackles while Barnett made four tackles, which included a sack. Dupreme Holland snagged an interception and pounced on a fumble as well.

Southern Secures Maxwell’s
1,000th Coaching Victory

It was Celebration Day for the Southern volleyball program on Sept. 24. Not only did the girls squad cruise past Shore Conference Class A South rival Jackson Memorial, 25-9, 25-14, the victory also marked the 1,000th win in Eric Maxwell’s coaching career at Southern.

Entering his 20th season at Southern – which included 19 with the boys and 16 with the girls prior to this fall – Maxwell’s record was 989-203, having amassed 579 victories with the boys in 19 seasons and 410 with the girls in 16 seasons, an average of 30.4 wins (boys) and 25.6 wins (girls) per season.

Against the Jaguars on Monday, Maxwell’s Rams (11-1) were led by Kari Klimek’s 10 kills, Riley Vaughn’s four aces and five digs and Kaitlyn Ward’s three aces. Sarah Gildea added four kills while Jess Sprankle managed five digs, and Stephanie Soares contributed 20 assists, three digs and a pair of aces.

On Sept. 22, Southern blew through a trio of opponents – scoring a 25-11, 25-21 win over Fair Lawn, a 25-13, 25-8 win over Lakewood and a 25-10, 25-13 drubbing of North Brunswick. Against Fair Lawn, Zoe Deakyne led the way with 11 digs and three aces, while Klimek delivered nine kills and Soares gave out 18 assists. During the win over Lakewood, Deakyne recorded four aces and Adrianna Conforti handed out eight assists. And against North Brunswick, Sprankle registered 11 digs, while Vaughn and Samantha Hanneman scored four and three aces, respectively.

David Biggy

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