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Solid Senior Core Hopes to Propel Barnegat Girls Soccer 

Sep 15, 2017

The Barnegat High School varsity girls soccer team looks to improve on last season’s 8-11 mark with a core of returning seniors and promising newcomers.

“Highlights of the season included qualifying for the Shore Conference Tournament for the second year in a row,” said head coach Mary Cammarata. “We beat Donovan Catholic twice and played a great game against Brick Township even though they (Barnegat) were down a few players. This year, the girls should be competitive in the B-South division and again qualify for the conference tournament.”

Cammarata said the team is led by senior captains Ginalee Erskine (forward), Alexis Furrule (defender), Alexis Kirk (midfielder/defender) and Shannon McCoy (midfielder). Other seniors expecting to see action include defenders Mia Alarcon and Bailey Wolf and goalkeeper Michaela Spain.

She said juniors looking to make an impact include midfielder/defender Sydney Boyer, forward/midfielder Kyla Rauch, midfielders Jamie Landron and Gabrielle Pelechaty, forward Ashley Walter and defender Jessica Eaton.

Rounding out the team are sophomore goalkeepers Katherine Fornaro and Quamora Proctor, sophomore midfielder Torre Stanish, sophomore defender Haley Suydam, freshmen midfielders Erin Breyta and Jillian Jankowski and freshman defender Hayley Jankowski.

Players lost to graduation from last year included defender Kate Siciliano and forward Madison Musico, who are now playing for Rider University and Montclair State University, respectively. 

“We have good speed on defense,” said Cammarata. “The girls are good at grading the other teams’ players one and one, and I think we’ll be able to shut down the opponents’ top scorers.”

She said the team is also solid in the midfield, where “we have a good group of returnees.”

“I think we’ll have enough to overcome the players we lost from last year,” she said.

The team’s next home game is against Brick Township on Monday, Sept. 18, at 3:45 p.m. —E.E.

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