On the Pitch-Team news and results

East Brunswick Gladiators and Raritan Valley Riptide swimmers teamed up to participate in the 2013 Hightstown Kids triathlon

On September 22, 2013,  the East Brunswick Gladiators,  and Raritan Valley Riptide swimmers teamed up to participate in the 2013 Hightstown Kids triathlon, which is a nonprofit partner for Ryan’s Quest.  Ryan’s Quest is designed to raise awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

 

The triathlon consisted of a 200 yard swim, 4 mile bike ride, and 2 mile run.  East Brunswick was well represented, entering 6 relay teams.  Three of the relay teams claimed 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the competition.  Congratulations to our super fit soccer players and swimmers!

Picture (left to right):  Dominick D’Esposito, Lucas Espada, Nick Riggio, John Dallagnese, Sanket Jain, Gorkem Yurekli, Shane McMahon, Luca Biagiotti, Jagath Ranaweera, Chase Van Dusen, Tyler Devaney, Itamar Hillel, Zach Solomon, Michael D’Esposito, Bobby McCulley, Sebastian Andrade, Andrew Oross, Michael Pacitti.

 

United FC U14 Boys Win “EDP First Division” Title and Climb to #3 Nationally

United FC beat Ironbound 7-0 at their last division game this past Thursday to win the First Division Title.  With this accomplishment, United FC climbed the rankings in GotSoccer to #3 nationally and continues to dominate at the state and regional level.  The coaching staff feels very good about United FC’s development program.  Training by Julian Richens (Head Coach - St. Peters University Div I) and Pancho Corral (South American Soccer Academy) are the main factors which have contributed to develop confident and skillful players who are able to perform in every game with a great style of play.  Success of our program has yield eight players being selected to EDP Talent Identification Program (TIP), another eight United FC players are part of the Cedar Stars Academy Super Y team traveling to Florida next week for the National Championship and another 10 players have been selected by East Coast Selects to compete in Spain for a tournament in Mallorca in Spring 2014 with 5 of those representing USA at the Mediterranean International Cup (MIC) 2014.  The Coaching Staff would like to congratulate this fine group of players who are proudly representing our East Brunswick Soccer Club.  

Pictured left to right: Coach Hector, Eddie Rainey, Gio Jimenez, Cristian Rodriguez, Zarir Hamza, Josef Roccki, Kyle Santos, Kevin Senkus, Vincent Huang and Coach Pancho.

Front Kneeling: Kevin Escobar, Christian Contreras, Allen Gavilanes, Team Mascot - Tommy, Panchito Corral, Jeremy Rafanello, Nick Cruz and Frankie Dox.

Not in picture:  Matthew Cavadas and Ola-Ayo Ogunwale.

 

 

United FC U14 Boys - Baltimore Mania Tournament Champions, Steady At #7

Last week at the Baltimore Mania tournament, United FC went undefeated in the group stage but it was not all that easy as Mooredale Academy from Canada gave United FC a tough physical game which resulted in a tie.  However, United FC’s passing game and intensive offensive strikes prevailed in the end to qualify the team for the final match against DSC Alliance from Maryland. 

United FC improved with each game as well as their possession style of play a style for which they are becoming to be known for.  United FC went on to beat DSC Alliance 5-1 to claim the championship.  United FC is trained by Coach Julian Richens and South American Academy Coach Pancho Corral.

Pictured left to right standing:

Coach Pancho, Vincent Huang, Kevin Senkus, Cristian Rodriguez, Zarir Hamza, Eddie Rainey, Josef Roccki, Matthew Cavadas, Coach Hector

Kneeling:

Gio Jimenez, Christian Contreras, Kyle Santos, Jeremy Rafanello, Ola-Ayo Ogunwale, Nick Cruz

Sitting:

Kevin Escobar, Allen Gavilanes, Panchito Corral, Juan Blanco, Frankie Dox

 

 

EBSC Ravens WIN Women’s u17/18G Division in Monroe Tourney

East Brunswick Ravens played in the Monroe tournament in a tough u17/18 division of girls.  The first game was against a top flighted Hamilton team who gave the Ravens trouble two years ago.  East Brunswick Ravens were down 2-0 in the first half to the top seeded Hamilton team but played a tough half.  The Ravens overcame the deficit to tie the game with seconds left to play.  Going into PK’s the team was confident and excited.  The Ravens won the first game on PK’s 4-2.  In the second game the Ravens played strong and won 3-0 against Bayonne.  The Ravens played solid and worked hard in both games.  Great JOB EBSC RAVENS.

East Brunswick United FC U14B repeats as State Champions by winning the New Jersey Cup 2014

United FC won the NJ State Cup back in 2010 and yesterday they succeeded in bringing the US Club New Jersey Cup 2014 to East Brunswick.  United FC beat BSM Gottschee 2-1 in a tough semifinal and Princeton Black 2-0 in the championship game. This is a tremendous achievement by this group of talented players who are becoming to be known at a regional and international level.   

These boys proudly represented East Brunswick in Europe where 12 members of United FC recently traveled to play at Costa Daurada in Barcelona and the number one international youth tournament, Mediterranean International Cup (MIC 2014), winning the tournament at one and the consolation tournament at the other. 

The coaching staff is very proud of these boys who continue to develop and keep on being selected to various programs around the region like ODP etc.  United FC’s program is being recognized by top entities like MLS Philadelphia Union and Cedar Stars Academy. 

The coaching staff is working closely with all these organizations and EDP / TIP program to pave the educational opportunities for these players.  But its accomplishments like this one that we hope will alert colleges of the talent that East Brunswick is producing.  United FC is currently ranked #1 in the nation as per this achievement.

Please join the coaching staff in congratulating this fine group of boys!!

Standing left to right: Coach Pancho, Cristian Rodriguez, Kevin Senkus, Gio Jimenez, Zarir Hamza, Josef Roccki, Matthew Cavadas, Eddie Rainey, Vincent Huang, Coach Hector

Kneeling left to right: Juan Blanco, Christian Contreras, Jeremy Rafanello, Nick Cruz, Ola-Ayo Ogunwale, Allen, Gavilaness, Panchito Corral, Kevin Escobar, Frankie Dox, Kyle Santos

 

United FC is trained by coach Julian Richens St. Peters University Div I head coach, Francisco Corral South American Soccer Academy and NJ State Coach of the year 2011 Hector Escobar.

Please visit us at www.ebunitedfc.com

 

EBSC Synergy WIN Their U11 Girls Division at the Manalapan Memorial Day Tournament

East Brunswick Synergy played in the annual Manalapan Memorial Day Weekend tournament and went undefeated to claim the championship trophy, the first in the team's history.  The girls were forced to play 11v11 in the tournament when they have played only small sided since forming.  The Synergy relied on a shut-down defense to frustrate their opponents and ball controlling offensive to control the tempo of the games.   In the first game the Synergy started slow but were able break it open in the second half winning the game 4-0.  In the second game, the team played through rain and slick conditions to notch a 2-0 victory.  In the third game, the Synergy were clearly the smaller team but fought through a physical game for a 2-0 win to earn the right to play in the championship game.  In the final game, the Synergy started to show fatigue but fought through it for a 1-0 win to claim the Championship trophy.

Please join the coaches, trainer and manager in congratulating this amazing group of girls.

Front row: Erin Hanlon, Niamh Gaffney, Julia Gill, Sarah Silver, Kaitlyn Wong, Lexi Matecki, Jordan Baker

Second Row: Maya Iskowitz, Mansi Kumar, Aida Kolenovic, Jenna Garofalo, Jessica Nower, Melissa Chinchar, Ava Robertson

Coach: Robert Nower

Assistant Coach: Colleen Garofalo

Team Manager: Kristine Nower

Team Trainer: Sarah Brady

The East Brunswick Goal Busters U8 boys team has played 8 games in three

They began playing in the Hazlet tournament where they played four games and won them all. The following weekend they played up in the East Brunswick tournament vs out of town U9 boys and won their first game 8-0 and the second game 3-1.  This past weekend they played in Sayreville where they won their first game 5-1 and the second game 3-1.

These are very talented players that at such a young age understand how to play soccer as a team. Please join me in congratulating them in this major achievement of winning 8 consecutive games

Front row:  Andrew LouieJoseph ZemaitisEvan Wu, Max Barsanti, Dylan CookScott Akumiah
Back row:  Ziad Burghli, Jonathan GreenIssac Chavez, Odil Nazirov, Drew Mennona, Cooper Torrelio 
Not photographed:  Jeremy DeCaroAntonio Botello, Jackson Eastep, Zachary Braunstein 
 
Coaches:  Factor Torrelio, Letty Zemaitis, Sardor Nazirov
 

 

EBSC Boys U12 Team Ireland went 4-0 in Memorial Day Tournament

The East Brunswick Boys U12 Team Ireland had its "bye" week on the closing day of the EBSC Rec season.  Rather than sitting home, they decided to try their luck as the EBSC Storm and play in a two day, four game tournament in Hazlet. Their luck paid off and went undefeated in day 1 beating Barnegate 8-3 and Hazlet 6-0. They were joined in day two by two "visiting" players from EB U12 and again went undefeated, winning their games 3-1 and 5-2. The coaches are very proud of their team and it was surely an awesome way to end our season.

EBSC Storm: Coach Luis Suarez, Aditya Ningaiah, Dhruv Dinesh, Kee Hahn, Matthew Nezaia, Logan Witkowski, Joshua Lee, Luis Suarez IV, Max Grebinsky, Brian Silva, Coach Janine Giske and Joseph Baker

 

EBSC Storm in the 2nd day were Apostolos Maroulis (2nd from left) and Jonathan Bouchard (3rd from right).

 

East Brunswick United (U15 Boys) won the NJ National Championship State Cup

East Brunswick United (U15 Boys) won today the NJ National Championship State Cup beating PDA Pele 2-0. EB United will be now advancing to the regionals that will be played late June/early July in Rhode Island. Congratulations to the team!!!

 

 

 

 

EB United players are: Keysean Brant, Kyle DeGroff, Sajid Fahumy, Mohamed Fquihi, Johnny Frycz, Riley Harris, Jarret Kean, Russel Kevin, Zach Kirschenbaum, Dennis Kotenko, Marco Loncar, Jeremy Mammen, Alex Mora, Phil Ogalo, Philip Ripp, Ian Sawicki and the team is coached by Matt Friel, Asst Coach at St. Peter’s University (DV1).

 

East Brunswick Soccer Clubs U13G Revolution Wins Hershey Tournament

EBSC’s U13G Revolution swept their games in the Hershey Tournament over Father’s Day weekend and were named champions after a nail-biting final game.  The win capped off a great U13 year, which began with a win at the Club’s own Labor Day Tournament.    

The Revolution is coached by Ilir Shehaj.  Players include Gabby Brancato, Casey Caroselli, Emilie Chinchar, Carly Geletei, Sabria Glasgow, Lauren Gomez, Kelly Goodger, Krystin Goodman, Maria Marmora, Tsion Mastro, Meghan McSpiritt, Jessica Silver and Natalie Stralkus, with help from guest players Leah Farina and Rachel Erla.  Missing Revolution players include Jessica Kehoe and Callie Luftig.  

 

United (Boys U15) wins 3rd place in the Region 1 tournament held at Rhode Island University over the past few days

State cup winners from 15 states of North East region and the first placed team from Region 1 league met at Rhode Island University to compete for 1 spot in the nationals taking place later this month in Kansas. EB United, winning the NJ State Cup represented NJ in this event. In their first game on Friday EB United played the state cup winner from West Virginia and had a decisive 4-0 win. In their second game on Saturday, EB United played state cup winner from Vermont. EB United was down 3-1 until the last 10 minutes of the game and managed to tie the game with a Herculean effort. On Sunday EB United played state cup winner of New York East (#5 team in the nation) and in a nail-biting game won 2-1. Today (Monday) in the semi finals, EB United faced Lehigh Valley team that won the Pennsylvania East state cup and unfortunately lost 3-0. Due to better goal differential of the semi-finals game, EB United placed 3rd amongst U15 boys team in Region 1. Scores for all age groups can be seen at here.

 

This is a truly amazing achievement for a township club and we congratulate the team and coaching staff. EB United players are: Keysean Brant, Kyle DeGroff, Sajid Fahumy, Mohamed Fquihi, Johnny Frycz, Riley Harris, Jarret Kean, Russel Kevin, Zach Kirschenbaum, Dennis Kotenko, Marco Loncar, Jeremy Mammen, Alex Mora, Phil Ogalo, Philip Ripp, Ian Sawicki and the team is coached by Matt Friel, Asst Coach at St. Peter’s University (DV1), and managed by Serge Loncar.

 

 

East Brunswick Gladiators win the Marlboro Mega Blast Tournament

 For the second year in a row, the East Brunswick Gladiators have won the Marlboro Mega Blast Tournament, capturing first place in the White Division.  As is always the case, our strength is our depth.  Rotating 18 players, there is no significant drop-off when one comes off the pitch and is replaced by another.  Anchoring the back line were Sanket Jain, Ryan McDonald, Shane McMahon, Bradley Susskind and Ayyan Rahman.  Doing and extraordinary job of controlling the middle of the field were Luca Biagiotti and Jagath Ranaweera, with help from Nick Riggio, and Andrew Oross.  Shutting down the lanes on the wings were Chase Van Dusen, Bobby McCulley, Zach Solomon, and Sebastian Andrade.  Controlling the ball up top and leading the charge were Vincent Huang, Tyler Devaney, John Dallagnese and Drew Van Dusen.  Anchoring the field in goal was Lucas Espada.  Special mention goes to Luca Biagiotti, Andrew Oross and Chase Van Dusen, all of whom fought through injuries and played on like true Gladiators.

 

 

Pictured kneeling left to right: John Dallagnese, Bradley Susskind, Zach Solomon, Chase Van Dusen, Andrew Oross, Bobby McCulley, Sebastian Andrade

 

Standing left to right: Nick Riggio, Sanket Jain, Ayyan Rahman, Shane McMahon, Coach Bob McCulley, Luca Biagiotti, Coach Rodney Devaney, Tyler Devaney, Jagath Ranaweera, Coach Norbert Espada, Drew Van Dusen, Ziyu Vincent Huang, Ryan McDonald, Lucas Espada

 

Missing: Phil Mills-Lutterodt, Gorkem Yurekli

United FC U14 Boys Win Marlboro Tournament Championship Flight

United FC beat top ranked teams BSM GottscheeNJ and Lower Merion PA on course to first place.  Staten Island Gunners ended up giving us a very complicated game with a very strong squad at all positions but our style of play paid off with a win which helped us clinch the championship even before our last game.  The coaching staff is very happy with the results given that we have a handful of new players, but the team is coming together very nicely in a short period of time.

Pictured from left to right kneeling: Ola-Ayo Ogunwale, Kevin Escobar, Kyle Santos, Allen Gavilanes, Christian Contreras, Frankie Dox, Panchito Corral.

Standing: Coach Hector, Matthew Cavadas, Giovani Jimenez, Cristian Rodriguez, Josef Roccki, Vincent Huang, Clayton Crosse, Kevin Senkus, Eddie Rainey.

 

United FC U14B - East Brunswick Labor Day Tournament Champions

United FC managed to win their group stage and final games to keep the trophy at home in the U14B Championship flight.  In the qualifying games, United FC played some good possession games which set the stage to defeat Marlboro Galaxy, PDA Jinky and NJ Shore Boca.  In the final game United faced a very determined Marlboro team, however, United’s focus and constant attacks paid off with a score to win the game.  United FC’s defense did not allow any goals during the tournament and the front line netted a total of nine goals.  This championship helped position United FC at the #2 spot in NJ and at #9 in the country. The coaching staff feels the players are developing in the right direction while continuing to prepare for a tough season ahead.

Kneeling left to right: Frankie Dox, Francisco Corral, Ola-Ayo Ogunwale, Christian Contreras, Eddie Rainey, Allen, Gavilanes, Kevin Escobar and Robbie Romalino.
Standing: Coach Hector, Matthew Cavadas, Gio Jimenez, Cristian Rodriguez, Zarir Hamza, Josef Roccki, Kevin Senkus and Vincent Huang.

 

EBSC Predators U12B - East Brunswick Labor Day Tournament Co-Champions

The East Brunswick Predators earned the co-championship of the U12 Boys top flight. The team won the group stage with victories over PSA and FC Copa, and a tie against Harrison Vipers, sending them to a final game against a recently familiar rival, The Football Club of NJ - Black. Tied 1-1 in the 2nd half, the championship game was initially postponed and finally stopped due to lightning. The boys showed tremendous teamwork on the field to put together a successful kick-off to the Fall season. The team is coached/trained by Julian Richens and managed by Rob Duncan and Yury Ashkinadze.

Pictured in the front row are Ahmed (#24), Frankie (#17), Robbie (#8), Sebastiano (#7), Poorav (#28), and Ilan (#3). Standing are Antonio (#23), Ryan (#1), Abdou (#6), Brad (#27), Adriel (#10), Srihari (#5), Zach (#9), Sean (#22), and Ricardo (#21). Missing from the weekend was Alex (#14).

EBSC Thrashers U12B are Flight Winners at South Brunswick Kick-Off

The East Brunswick U12 Thrashers played two great weekends of soccer, finishing 2nd in their flight at the East Brunswick Labor Day Tournament and winning their flight at the South Brunswick Kick-Off Tournament.

The U12 Thrashers are Edward, Ajay, Jesse, Aabir, Ethan U, Ethan M, Philip, Nathaniel, Zach, Moheb, Josh, Pierce, Max, Austin and Arnav, and are coached by Iller Shehaj, Anthony Lardieri and Allen Unger.

 

                                                                             

 

   SPRING 2013

 

 

 

East Brunswick Soccer Club Represented at the XXXIV International Dallas Cup

 

Our club was proudly represented at the XXXIV International Dallas Cup.  Francisco Corral from East Brunswick United FC U13B, was selected to "EDP TIP’s Select Squad" representing the Northeast Region.  This is a great achievement for Francisco and for our club as a whole.  East Brunswick has produced some great players in the past such as Heather O’reilly (US Women’s National team), Danny Miller and Evan Brandsdorfer (currently playing in Scotland).  We are very delighted to see that trend continue with our East Brunswick players being selected for elite programs around the region.   United FC Coaching staff would like to congratulate Francisco and wish him continued success. 

 

 

 

 

"East Brunswick United FC Players" Shine at Costa Daurada Cup in Barcelona, Spain

 

Four East Brunswick United FC U13B players were selected for Koolton’s 2000 East Coast Select team and represented USA at the prestigious International Costa Daurada Cup in Barcelona, Spain, this past Easter week.

 

Preparation matches allowed these players to measure up against "RCD Espanyol Academy" and "UFC CAMBRILS" while providing them with valuable experience. Their Select team beat Ujuzi Soka from Kenya, UFC Cambrils and Escola Valls (two time tournament winner) from Spain to qualify for the semifinal phase. In the semifinal game they beat Lansi UUSIMAA YJ from Finland 5-0 to qualify for the finals. In the final match, although their team dominated in possession and shooting, they could not find the net and paid dearly at a penalty shootout which they lost to UEB SANTES CREUS from Spain.

 

United FC’s Coaching staff is very proud of these four boys for representing East Brunswick Soccer Club and their country while contributing and being instrumental to the success of this Select team.

 

 

Pictured Left to Right:

Kevin Escobar, Giovanni Jimenez, Allen Gavilanes and Cristian Rodriguez

Back Row:

J. Bonder (USA) and I. Idiakez (Spain) 

 

Congratulations to the U13 Gladiators

 

After clinching first place in flight 1 in the fall season of the Mid-New Jersey Soccer League, the U13 Gladiators made the jump to MAPS.  In their first ever MAPS tournament, the Gladiators clinched the championship of the MAPS Spring Challenge Explosion Bracket.

Beating PDA South United 4-0 and MOT Soccer Titans Blue 3-1 on Saturday, the Gladiators clinched first place in their flight and were playing in the finals on Sunday afternoon.  But as the schedule would have it, they would first have to play the New Egypt Bohemians in a game Sunday morning that would be a preview of the finals in the afternoon.

New Egypt exploited the Gladiators aggressiveness by executing well designed off side traps and the Gladiators were called for 17 off sides, killing a myriad of scoring opportunities.  As a result, the Gladiators lost 1-0.  Before facing New Egypt in the afternoon championship game, the coaches worked with the Gladiators on a game plan to break the trap and free the players to score.  Executing almost to perfection, the Gladiators went on to win the championship game 7-2 with only 4 off sides called against them.

As always, the Gladiators strength is its depth and being  able to substitute the boys in and out without missing a beat, one picking up where the other left off.  Although all contributed to the championship a few played above the level of competition.  Ziyu (Vincent) Huang has become a scoring machine.  John Dallagnese has turned his game up a notch and is playing out of his mind.  Ryan McDonald and Sanket Jain have become impenetrable on the back line.  Nick Riggio filled in at keeper and did a fantastic job.  You would never know he wasn’t a true keeper.  He made no mistakes and played a smart game.  Honorable mention to Ayyan Rahman for coming to support his team while he’s recovering from a concussion.

 
Photo:

Kneeling left to right: Zach Solomon, Bradley Susskind, Andrew Oross, Sebastian Andrade, Chase Van Dusen, Bobby McCulley, John Dallagnese, Nick Riggio

Standing left to right: Gorkem Yurekli, Tyler Devaney, Sanket Jain, Ryan McDonald, Norbert Espada (Coach), Shane McMahon, Ayyan Rahman, Rodney Devaney (Coach), Phil Mills-Luterodt, Lucas Espada, Jagath Ranaweera, Ziju (Vincent) Huang

Missing: Bob McCulley (Coach), Gerald Bustamante (Trainer)

 

 

 

United FC U13B Clinch EDP Division Title and Climb State & National Rankings

 

United FC U13B beat Upper Makefield PA and clinched EDP’s Division Title for the Fall season.  United FC’s coaching staff is very proud of the accomplishments obtained in the last five months by these young players.

The team had some great performances and was rewarded with ranking points in 6 out of the last 7 competitions.  The team has been very consistent while competing in one of the best regional leagues and in highly ranked tournaments.

 

With this accomplishment, United FC improved their ranking to #2 in NJ and #16 nationally.  These results also correlate to the selection of some United FC players to the prestigious EDP Talent Identification program (TIP), Regional TIP Squad, Red Bulls Showcase squads and Koolton’s Regional Select team traveling to Barcelona next Spring to represent USA at the Costa Daurada Cup.  United FC is coached by Ilir Shehaj from LABINOTI SOCCER ACADEMY.

Congratulations to all team members and their parents for their hard work.

 

 

 

 

 

FALL 2011

Weekend of 10/22

EB Dynamite GU14 win Spook-a-Rama Tournament!

Girls U14, Team Dynamite, came in 1st place in their age bracket at the 15th annual Spook-a-rama soccer tournment in North Brunswick on October 22nd, 2011

Coach Eddy Lam with assistant coaches David Stahl and Richard Altman had Team Dynamite prepared and ready to play, with great team offense and defense in beating West Windsor 2-0 in the first game, and then beating Holmdel 3-0 in the nightcap.

The offense displayed great teamwork in passing to open teammates to keep the ball in the opponents zone thru most of both games, and when the opponents were near Team Dynamite’s goal, the defense came through time and again to preserve the shutout in both games.

Coach Lam has stressed teamwork throughout his coaching tenure with Team Dynamite, and good things will happen with good teamwork, which is what the East Brunswick Soccer Club is all about.

Congratulations Team Dynamite:
Tatum Altman, Kimberly Anderson, Abbie Auerbach, Jaycie Buchalski, Laura Chwatel, Mia Figueroa, Stacie Golin, Julia Lam,
Jacqueline LeSeur, Nicole LeSeur, Marissa McCawley, Christina Nashed, Manasi Parih, Michelle Popovski, Shirley Song, Shoshana Stahl

Team Dynamite is trained by Patricia Dipaolo and Emmy Simpkins.

Weekend of 10/15

East Brunswick United U14 Boys win the Parsippany Pride Columbus Day Tournament

East Brunswick United U14 Boys won the Parsippany Pride Columbus Day Tournament. EB United played in the highest bracket and finished Saturday with 2 wins 3-1 against Somerset Hawks and 5-2 against Wyckoff Torpedoes Red. The first game on Sunday was against HBC Fusion the # 6 ranked team in New York East and after a grueling 60 minutes, EB United tied 1-1 giving the team 1st place in their group. Sunday afternoon EB United faced NJ Stallions and with 2 brilliant goals won the final game 2 to 1. This is the 3rd tournament EB United has won this year with the help of Keysean Brant-Sharp, Robert Ciuraru, Kyle DeGroff, Mohamed Fquihi, Riley Harris, Kevin Russel, Zach Kirschenbaum, Dennis Kotenko, Marco Loncar, Jeremy Mammen, Alex Mora, Phil Ogalo, Philip Ripp and Luke Roche. EB United is coached by Ilir Shehaj, Kevin Roche and Serge Loncar.
 

FALL 2010

NJ STATE CHAMPIONS!

Weekend of 10/30-10-31

United FC win U11 NJ State Cup title in thrilling fashion

EBSC’s United FC, the club’s U11 Boys Elite team, won the club’s first state championship in 16 years this past weekend in Wall, beating Wayne in the semifinals, 4-3, before shutting out Aberdeen, 2-0, in the title game. 

"This is very exciting and so great for the boys," said Hector Escobar, one of the team’s coaches. "This is a tribute to the boys’ hard work and commitment, as well as to their parents and my fellow coaches. We’ve tried to create a fun environment here that also emphasizes a commitment to excellence."

United FC faced Wayne in the semifinals in a game that proved to be possibly the biggest challenge of the team’s championship run. United FC started very strong in the first half, and within 10 minutes Ivan Loncar sent a through ball to Kevin Escobar, who dribbled it in the 18th and put it past the goalie for a 1-0 lead.  Five minutes later, Ola-Ayo Ogunwale sent a long pass from defense to connect with Michael Pisco, who dribbled past two defenders and the goalie netting the second goal for a 2-0 score.  United FC continued working the whole field and around the 20th minute mark, Ivan again connected with Kevin who skillfully put it over the defender and sent a volley to beat the goalie for a 3-0 lead at the half.  However, this game was far from over as Wayne came back with great intensity, scoring two goals within 10 minutes to make it a 3-2 game.  Wayne started putting the pressure but United FC’s  solid defense led by Ola-Ayo, Jesse Perel, Ryan Brede, and Nas  Zubairu, along with goal keeper Lucas Ribau, held on to the lead.  Around the 16th minute Luca Biagiotti had a breakaway from midfield and into Wayne’s 18th where he was fouled and awarded a penalty kick.  Ivan executed the penalty but Wayne’s athletic goalie blocked it. But the keeper did not account for Ivan’s follow up which found the back of the net for a 4-2 lead.  Wayne came back with even greater force and even though they scored one more time,  hard defensive plays from Ryan McDonald, Ryan Fedosh, Rob Duncan and Kyle Santos kept the 4-3 score unchanged until the final whistle, moving United FC into the final.

United’s final challenge was against Aberdeen Warriors.  United players started moving the ball well but Aberdeen was pumped up with a solid crowd behind them and were challenging every play.  But it was not enough to stop United as Rob from midfield sent a pass to Luca who took it into the 18th and chipped it over the goalie for a 1-0 lead at the 15th minute.  This got United players motivated and the attack on the Aberdeen goal was non-stop from this point on.  Then around the 22nd  minute a combination from Kyle to Michael and Michael to Ivan, resulted in a beautiful one-on-one by Ivan to beat a defender and the goalie for a goal and a 2-0 United FC lead. The second half was all defense with no additional scoringHowever, the East Brunswick supporters’ cheers and dangerous shots from Michael, Kevin and Ryan McDonald on four separate occasions kept Aberdeen at bay until the final whistle which sealed the title for East Brunswick united.

The team is coached by Hector Escobar, Joe Camarota and Rob Duncan and trained by Rider University assistant coach Julian Richens.  

Team members include Daniel Shaposhnikov, Jesse Perel, Ola-Ayo Ogunwale, Ryan Fedosh, Kyle Santos, Kevin Escobar, Michael Pisco, Nas Zubairu, Ryan McDonald, Rob Duncan, Ivan Loncar, Luca Biagiotti, Ryan Brede and Lucas Ribau. The team is coached by Hector Escobar, Joe Camarota and Rob Duncan and trained by Rider University assistant coach Julian Richens. 

Links below are for videos of the weekend games

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk2eZSAvDOU&hd=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k35Z-V2FlU

FALL 2010 FLIGHT WINNERS:

Wildcats:

The East Brunswick Wildcats continued their winning ways this season by posting a record of 8 wins 0 losses and 2 ties to take the Flight One Championship for U12 Girls of the Mid New Jersey Youth Soccer Association. The Wildcats clinched their championship by beating the Union Soccer Club Lady Dragons 1-0 on a goal scored by Samree Mastro and assisted by Katrina DeMary and Gabrielle Blaustein. When the Friday evening match commenced, it was a brisk 37 degrees but as the match proceeded temperatures dipped in to the low 30’s and frost developed on the ball and field making for very slippery conditions for both the players and keepers. The next day the Wildcats had a make-up game against Watchung Hills with the chance to end their season undefeated. Historically Watchung Hills and the Wildcats played some very physical, toughly contested matches with the Wildcats unable to post a victory. Earlier in the season, however, the Wildcats finally broke through on match played at Watchung Hills’ home turf with a 1-0 victory on a goal by Melissa Ciaccio. The Wildcats were hoping for a repeat performance. Unlike the evening before when cold and frost were the concerns, this day a blustery wind would prove challenging against both teams. The Wildcats, however, would not be denied an undefeated season and were victorious by a score of 2-0. The Wildcats outscored their opponents this season by scoring 18 goals and surrendering only 4. The East Brunswick Wildcats are Andrea Apostolescu, Gabrielle Blaustein, Jennifer Brauer, Swathi Chikoti, Melissa Ciaccio, Jessica Cortez, Kaitlin Esposito, Ciara Gaertner, Sara Gilbert, Sydney Greenspan, Blake Merwin-Lew, Samree Mastro, Katrina Nguyen-Demary, Maria Salib and Lizzie Toto. Coach Steven Blaustein and Assistant Coach Chris Ciaccio could not be more proud of the Wildcats!! The Wildcats are trained by Julian Richens, assistant coach at Ryders University for the men’s soccer team, and would like to thank Julian for all his hard work and dedication. Look out JAGS here we come!

United FC:

The EBSC United FC (U11B) clinched their Mid NJ flight One championship with a perfect 10-0-0 record and a goal differential of +38.

Mid NJ Flight One includes, NJ State Cup quarter finalist Piscataway and finalist Aberdeen among other tough squads. However, United FC has demonstrated consistency throughout the season taking it one game at the time and producing goals and great plays at every position. United FC clinched the championship after defeating Piscataway 4-0 at their home field. United still had two games to spare and set themselves on course to finish undefeated with a perfect 10-0-0 record, 44 goals in favor and 6 goals against. The coaching staff feels hard work at training sessions and concentration made this a great Fall season for the whole team.
Team members in picture Left to right:
Standing - Daniel Shaposhnikov, Lucas Ribau, Rob Duncan, Luca Biagiotti, Kyle Santos, Ryan Brede, Ryan McDonald, Ivan Loncar
Kneeling – Michael Pisco, Ryan Fedosh, Kevin Escobar, Nas Zubairu, Ola-Ayo Ogunwale, Jesse Perel.
 
The team is coached by Hector Escobar, Joe Camarota and Rob Duncan and trained by Rider University assistant coach Julian Richens
 
Ravens:
 
The EBSC Ravens (U14G) made it three straight Mid-New Jersey flight championships with another outstanding performance, finishing 8-0-2 for the just-completed season. Coached by John Colaiuti and Chris Dix and trained by Karla Schacher, the Ravens outscored their opponents 25-6, thanks to a combination of strong offense, solid midfield and defensive play and first-rate goalkeeping. The girls opened the season with a tie against arch-rivals Monroe and then really stepped it up in flight play. They also won the Wall Tournament championship and finished second in a very tough Spook-a-Rama Tournament.
 
 
"That first game against Monroe really set the tone for the season," Coach Colaiuti said. "The girls were not happy with a tie and worked very hard to improve and train as team. Attendance at training and games was excellent, and every one of our players was committed and improved over the course of the season."
Ignite:

The EBSC Ignite (U11G) clinched their MNJYSA flight championship with a thrilling come-from-behind 4-2 victory over the Tewksbury Jaguars on Saturday November 20th.

The Ignite got off to a great start just 25 seconds into the match as Kelly Goodger took a pass off the opening kickoff and carried the ball down the left side and knocked it in from her midfield position. But the momentum would soon shift, and Tewksbury soon tied the game and took a 2-1 lead before the half.
 
 
According to head coach Paul Levine, the Ignite stayed calm and confident at halftime.
 
"I told them to go out and get this game tied up and they looked at me like I was crazy," Levine said. “Midfielder Lori Mohs looked up and said, ’Tie? We’re going to win!’"
 
The halftime pep talk fired up the team, and the Ignite came out determined in the second half. First Carly Geletei got the tying goal on a nice right to left pass from Naden Khalil approximately 5 minutes in. Just 3 minutes later, Carly powered home another one on an errant punt from the opposing goalkeeper to put Ignite up 3-2. Anna Curreri rounded out the scoring on her first goal of the season to provide an all-important two-goal cushion. The team then came together to maintain possession for most of the remaining 10 minutes and kept the ball in the attack zone with good communication and solid passes. Strong contributions were made by Emma Weiden, Krystin Goodman, Amanda Wyckoff and Andrea Chandler on defense. Allysa Levine minded the net and kept the lead intact with a fantastic save on a late second half breakaway as she came out, challenged and swiped the ball away from a Tewksbury attacker. Meagan Weiden and Carly Tannura created opportunities all day at the forward position and Nicole Markovich played a great game crossing the ball in over and over from right midfield.

Amanda Lustig and Jessica Saccenti had prior commitments but played an important role all season long in the team’s success with 5 and 2 goals, respectively.

Ignite went on to complete an undefeated season by adding a 2-1 victory Sunday against Woodbridge, ending with an 8-0-2 record.

Assisting Levine are coaches Joe Geletei and Dianne Saccenti. The Ignite is trained by former Rutgers University standout Alicia Hall.
 
EB GALAXY COMPLETE UNDEFEATED SEASON!

The EBSC Galaxy FC (U10G) just completed their first season together in an
impressive fashion. The girls were able to hold off a tough Pennington club 7-5
in the season finale. It was an exciting match as play went back and forth in
what would be Galaxy FC highest scoring game of the season. It also capped an
impressive 16 game unbeaten streak. Starting on Sunday of Labor day weekend and
continuing right through a perfect 10-0 regular season.

 

The girls are coached by
Robert Rampersad, Joe Tavella, Sam Silver and Ed Kurczeski. Team trainers are
Tricia DiPaolo & Kelsey Dumont.

 

Weekend of 10/23-10/24

EB Revolution wins U11G flight at 2010 Spookarama!

 
The EBSC Revolution (U11G) won their flight at the 2010 North Brunswick Spookarama.  Their success was due to great individual and team effort by Revolution players Gabby Brancato, Paige Buchanan, Casey Caroselli, Tori Constantin, Dayna Dobkowski, Kayla Kaplan, Jessica Kehoe, Lauren Krinsky, Callie Luftig, Maria Marmora, Tsion Mastro, Meghan McSpiritt, Victoria Merse, Gina Morrison, Jessica Silver and Nat Stralkus.  

United FC beats Piscataway Strikers 1-0 and advance to NJ State Cup Semifinal!!

Last Saturday United FC played against Piscataway Strikers in the NJ State Cup quarterfinals. It was difficult match with strong defensive and creative plays from both sides.  With 10 minutes before the half time break, United was able to put a long pass into the 18th which the Piscataway goalie miscalculated and Kevin Escobar headed into the goal for a 1-0 lead.  The game continued into the second half with both teams playing  very strong defense.  United FC defense led by Ivan Loncar, Ola-Ayo Ogunwale, Luca Biagiotti, Robert Duncan and Nas Zubairu  helped to maintain the lead and give United FC the win to advance to the semis.

United FC will play the semifinal game this Saturday October 30, 3pm at Wall Municipal Complex in Wall Township. The kids would love the support from anybody from East Brunswick that can make it.

Championship game is scheduled for Sunday October 31st , 9:15 am at Wall Municipal Complex as well.
 
Weekend of 10/17/10
 
U8 Girls Shine at Manalapan Funfest
EBSC’s U8 Girls Rec Division sent three teams -- the EB Pink Galaxy, the EB Crazylegs and the EB Black Bears -- to the Manalapan Funfest on October 16, and the teams’ 29 girls had a great time and displayed some first-rate soccer.
 
With just two other teams entered in the age division, both from Twin County Soccer out of Brick, NJ, that meant that two EBSC teams had to face each other. The Black Bears and Pink Galaxy each played against the Twin County Thunder, beating them 5-0 and 7-1, respectively. The Black Bears and Crazylegs each played the Twin County Riptide, with both games ending in draws. The Pink Galaxy and Crazylegs faced off against one another, in possibly the hardest fought game of the division, which ended up as a 2-1 Pink Galaxy victory.
 
EB Pink Galaxy team members included Jordan Baker, Alyssa Caroselli, Rebecca Grunin, Lauren Hannan, Hannah Junn, Mansi Kumar, Ava Robertson, Hailey Schaffer, Sarjani Shah and Emma Simpson. Robb Schaffer served as head coach, assisted by Glenn Robertson and Brian Simpson.
 
EB Crazylegs team members included Renee Brancato, Amira Elabboudy, Gianna Kurczeski, Micah Livingston, Gillian Marsicano, Courtney McQueen, Marina Samuel, Juliana Samuel and Sarah Yager. Jaky Samuel served as head coach, assisted by Ed Kurczeski.
 
EB Black Bears team members included Priyal Garg, Jenna Garofalo, Christiana Koukourdelis, Madison Mandleur, Trinity McDonald, Sarah Miller, Alexa Perez, Laurel Sheard, Grace Wang and Riley Withum. Charles Sheard served as head coach, assisted by Eric Miller.

Weekend of 10/10/10
 
Ravens win Columbus Day tournament title
 
The EBSC Ravens (U14G) rolled to the Wall Township Columbus Day Tournament championship earlier this month, going 3-0-1- and scoring 11 goals while giving up just 4.
 
"The girls played some very tough teams but played hard and had a complete team effort," said Coach John Colaiuti." We are so proud of the strong team play and effort on the field."  
 
Team members include Kaitlin, Sam, Jordan, Brooke, Emily C., Sarah, Cali, Lauren, Amanda, Nicki, Karen, Sreya, LA, Allie, Johanna, Gina, Emily I. and Julie. The team is coached by John and Chris and trained by Karla. 

 

Weekend of 10/10 

United FC sweeps bracket and becomes finalist at YMS Columbus Cup Tournament

Last weekend United FC competed in the YMS Columbus Cup Tournament championship bracket.  United was in for a tough challenge facing the home team UMNSC Patriots from PA in the first game.  This was an intense match against a top quality team which they demonstrated  by leading the game 2-0 at half time.  However, during the half time break, United FC came together as a team and motivated went into the second half determined to leave everything on the field.  The efforts paid off as the midfield line led by Ivan Loncar won a ball and placed a pinpoint pass to Kevin Escobar for a goal making it 2-1 within 10 minutes.  As United gained confidence combined with a tough defense led by Ola-Ayo Ogunwale, Kevin was assisted for another score making it 2-2 by the 20th minute mark.  As expected, the game was full of hard tackles, accurate passes and brilliant individual plays culminating in a corner kick taken by Kyle Santos connecting with Kevin who with a side volley netted the winner for a 3-2 final score.  The first game set the pace for the other games as United went on to beat the Pleasant Valley Cobras NY 5-0 and FSA United CT 2-0  to sweep the bracket and qualify for the final.  Injuries and exhaustion played a role in diminishing Uniteds performance in the final game against PDA Rooney.  However, United went down fighting.  Eight minutes into the first half, a scramble on the penalty box created by Uniteds offense resulted in a 1-0 lead until PDA scored from a free kick with a minute before the end of the first half to make it 1-1.  The second half was just as exciting with plays from both sides, but injuries again began to take a toll on the team.  The game went into overtime, with PDA finally finding the net to overcome a tough United side.  United FCs coaching staff congratulates these 14 East Brunswick players for a magnificent performance and great sportsmanship.

EBSC Dynamo Claim Parsippany Tournament Championship 

The EBSC Dynamo (U12 Premier) displayed some of their finest all-around soccer to date en route to the championship at the recent Parsippany Tournament. The boys won three of four games, including a thrilling finale. 

The Dynamo started strong with a 3-2 win over Fort Lee. Henry started things with a goal, but Fort Lee bounced back with two goals to take a 2-1 halftime lead. In the second half, Amani placed a perfect ball right in front of the goal as Jason put a header in the net, tying the score 2-2. Shortly after, Stelly demonstrated a long throw-in, setting up Jason’s game-winning goal.
 
In the second game, the Dynamo faced a tough Wayne squad. The team went up 1-0 on a PK from Jason. Wayne tied the score, but another Jason goal put the team up 2-1. Pat pounded a free kick into the goal as the Wayne goalie could not handle it. For an encore, Pat put a nifty "no-look" shot into the net to put the team up 4-1 at the half. But Wayne played inspired soccer in the second half and came back with three unanswered goals to pull out a 4-4 tie.
 
Coaches Gary, Gumy and Pat found the right combination of strategy and motivation to lead the boys into the second day of play. Because the team tied the second game, the third game vs. North Hunterdon became a must-win in order to give the Dynamo a chance at the finals.
 
North Hunterdon got off to a quick start and took a 1-0 lead, but a Stelly throw-in set up Henry, who found the goal as he has all season. Amani then beat the opponents’ defense and took the ball all the way in and scored to put the team up 2-1. Stelly put a long hard shot on goal and Henry put the rebound in the net to put the Dynamo up 3-1. Henry then put a ball in front of the goal from deep in the corner and Jason beat the goalie for a 4-1 lead. Jason then secured the 5-1 victory with his second PK of the weekend.
 
The championship game paired the Dynamo with the Wyckoff Torpedoes, which was undefeated over the weekend and for the season. On a corner kick, Henry passed the ball back to Benny, who was on defense. Benny let loose a high, hard shot from about 30 yds, over the goalie’s head and into the upper corner. Moments later, though, Wyckoff managed to tie the score within a minute and the half ended 1-1. Stelly found Jason on a throw-in, who passed the ball to Henry who put it in the goal. Wyckoff soon tied, setting up a possible overtime. But Henry came through with the game and tournament winner just minutes before the end of regulation time, scoring off a rebound to give the Dynamo a 3-2 victory.
 
The Dynamo displayed a great team effort in the tournament, with strong goal scoring and solid midfield, defensive and goalkeeping play from Sahil, Matt T, Flynn, Chewy, Brandon, Farrell, Matt P, John, and Andrew. 
 
Team members include Amani Alexander, John Bognar, Ryan Farrell, Ryan Flynn, Jason Levine, Henry Mills-Lutterodt, Matt Mischler, Sahil Patel, Matt Pietrzyk, Patrick Pinho, Benny Rosen, Ryan Stelicos, Matthew Taffet, Brandon Withum, and Andrew Yager.  The coaches are Gary Taffet, Gumy Pinho and Pat Farrell.  The team is trained by Gerald Bustamante.

 

SPRING 2010

Weekend of 6/19-6/20

East Brunswick Wildcats Win Hershey Invitational
After a successful second-place finish in the Manalapan Invitational Tournament this past Memorial Day Weekend expectations were high as the EBSC Wildcats (U11G) headed to Hershey, PA, for a Father’s Day Weekend tournament.
 
The Wildcats opened up with a 2-0 victory over Falls Church 98 United and, just two hours later, followed up with a 3-0 victory over the Denville Fusion to move them into a Sunday semifinal against the host Hershey Wildcats. Playing inside a converted airplane hanger, EBSC topped Hershey, 2-0, to set the stage for a final showdown against Monmouth Coast Angel Fish. The final match began with a World Cup-style introduction of the players, who ceremoniously walked up the center line around the circle and then faced their parents and waved. Then it was time to get down to business. The match was evenly played until the 24th minute of the first half when the Wildcats were awarded a penalty kick. Andrea Apostolescu took the kick but hit the crossbar. Instinct took over and with the ball bouncing straight back at Andrea she dove out of the way and Melissa Ciaccio, waiting right behind her, drilled the ball by a shocked keeper for a 1-0 lead.  The Wildcats held off the Angel Fish and had several opportunities of their own to increase their lead, with the game ending with a thrilling 1-0 Wildcat victory.
 
The tournament victory capped a great season for the Wildcats, who went undefeated to take the Flight 2 Mid New Jersey championship this past Fall, placed second in the Manalapan tournament and went undefeated and unscored-upon to claim the Hershey championship.
 
The East Brunswick Wildcats are Andrea Apostolescu, Gabrielle Blaustein, Jennifer Brauer, Swathi Chikoti, Melissa Ciaccio, Jessica Cortez, Kaitlin Esposito, Ciara Gaertner, Sara Gilbert, Sydney Greenspan, Blake Merwin-Lew, Samir Mastro, Katrina Nguyen-Demary, Maria Salib and Lizzie Toto. Also contributing to the championship in Hershey was guest player Tsion Mastro. The team is coached by Steven Blaustein and Chris Ciaccio and trained by Kristie Lang. 
 
Dynamo Wins Hershey Invitational

Not even the sweltering heat could take away the smiles on the faces of the team and the fans on Sunday when the EBSC Dynamo (U11B) took the Hershey Invitational Tournament championship by beating Toms River, 3-0. This was the team’s second tournament victory this season.

The first game in the tournament was against Parsippany. The passing was sharp as the boys played aggressively and came away with a 4-1 victory. In the second game a few hours later, the Dynamo had a near-perfect performance with a victory over Chantilly, VA, 6-0.

After learning that they had earned a bye into the championship game, the team and their families enjoyed a barbecue, Hershey Park, and other activities later that day.
 
In the finale, the Dynamo came out strong with tight teamwork and went up 3-0 by halftime. The second half was a defensive battle, culminating in a beautiful PK save by Chewy. The Dynamo outscored their opponents, 13-1, for the tournament. Amani, Sahil, Brandon and Chewy all received game honors. But this was the most complete team effort of the season, as  everyone played a critical role.

Leading the way at Hershey were Amani Alexander, Andrew Yager, Benny Rosen, Brandon Withum, Jason Levine, Matt Mischler, Matt Pietrzyk, Matt Taffet, Patrick Pinho, Ryan Farrell, Ryan Flynn, Ryan Stelicos and Sahil Patel. The team was coached by Gary Taffet and Gumy Pinho. Also congratulations to Gabriel Charney, Connor Torrelio, John Bognar and Coach Jason Charney, who also were key in the team’s very successful season but were not at the Hershey tournament.
 
Blazers repeat as Mid-New Jersey champions 
The EBSC Blazers (U13B) made it back-to-back overall division championships in Mid-New Jersey with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Hunterdon Gunners last Saturday at Heavenly Farms. The Blazers, cheered on by a big pro-EBSC crowd, overcame a 1-0 deficit and the 90 degree heat to defend their division championship.
 
In the first half of the game, the Blazers seemed to be in control but gave up a nice goal to Hunterdon’s striker just 15 minutes into the game. 
 
Keeping their cool, the Blazers were able to manage a comeback to even the score at the 30-minute mark off a direct kick. Josh Barkoff lofted a great ball into the box, and Matt Siegel’s shot was turned aside by the Hunterdon keeper. But Kevin Walsh was in the right place to pounce on the rebound and tie the score.
 
Early in the second half, Brandon Enny received a long pass from the Blazers midfield and darted for Hunterdon’s net. As he approached the goal, he was fouled and was awarded a penalty kick. Brandon made no mistake, blasting the PK into the upper ninety for what turned out to be the game-winning goal. 
 
Both teams had great chances in the second half, but the Blazers’ defense tightened up and kept the Hunterdon attack at bay. 
 
"I couldn’t be any more proud of our team" said head coach Steve Morgen, who is assisted by Lou Serra and Alan Nadler and trainer Jim Buchanan of Maestro Soccer Academy. "The Blazers are a great bunch of kids and they are out there having fun and doing what they do best. They play as a team and they have learned how to win together."
 
Decked out in their Mid-New Jersey championship T-shirts are the Blazers, pictured from left to right: (top row) Coach Alan Nadler, Brandon Enny, Kyle Knotts, Josh Barkoff, Evan Kleiner, Coach Lou Serra, Alex Gomez, Adam Rosa, Ryan Joshphson, Derek Morgen, Coach Steve Morgen and David Nadler; (bottom row) Noah Levine, Matt Siegel, James Fiocco, Kevin Walsh, Dylan Serra and Brian Amriddinov.
 

 

U13 BLAZERS WIN FLIGHT 1

The EBSC Blazers (U13B) won Mid-New Jersey’s flight 1 championship with a thrilling 2-1 victory last Sunday against the Hopewell Valley Surge, a team that had previously beaten the Blazers 3-1 earlier in the year.
 
The Blazers fell behind 1-0 in the first half but came out with an explosive start to the second half. Three minutes into the second half, the Blazers capitalized on a corner kick to tie the game, 1-1, and five minutes later they scored again to take a 2-1 lead  The Blazers’ team defense took over after that, holding Hopewell Valley off the scoring sheet the rest of the way. 
 
The win on Sunday not only gives the Blazers the top seed in the U13 division but it also gives them the opportunity to cap off consecutive all-flight championships in front of a home crowd. A year ago at U12, the Blazers won a thrilling shootout in the championship game to become the overall U12 winners.
 
Members of the Blazers are Brian Amriddinov, Josh Barkoff, Brandon Enny, James Fiocco, Alex Gomez, Ryan Josephson, Evan Kleiner, Kyle Knotts, Noah Levine, Derek Morgen, David Nadler, Adam Rosa, Dylan Serra, Matt Siegel and Kevin Walsh. The team is coached by Steve Morgen, Lou Serra and Alan Nadler and trained by Jim Buchanan of The Maestro Soccer Academy.

 

Weekend of 4/25-4/26

EB Ignite: The Ignite played their strongest game of the year this past wet and chilly Sunday afternoon against the Berkeley Heights Blue Fire. Anna C., Amanda L., and Kelly G. lead the team with extremely strong efforts this weekend. They controlled the defensive side of the ball and stopped the opponents attack. The game’s lone goal was scored by Kelly G., on a pass from Carly G., at about the 10 minute mark of the game. Kelly had just taken the corner kick and Carly returned her the ball which was struck into an open spot on the net. Tsion M. repeatedly made strong passes that just missed getting connected on. Carly T, Naden K. and Meagan W. played very well in the mid and forward rotation. Maria M. played a very tough mid as well. Amanda W. was her usual self playing good defense as well as helping out at the mid spot. We had numerous runs down both sides and attacking through the middle and just missed increasing the lead several times. Our goalie play was strong in both halves led by Tsion and Carly G, who made a brilliant last second save to secure the victory. The team came together despite missing three tough players, Emma W. out with a broken arm (season), Allysa L. out with a bum knee and Jessica S. missing due to a commitment. The Ignite look forward to the return of their missing teammates this weekend.

This was by far the best these girls have played this season and they look forward to continuing to do so this weekend vs. West Orange in EB 5/1, and at Watchung Hills on 5/2. The Ignite are currently 1-2-1.

 

Weekend of 5/15-5/16
 
Galaxy fall in double OT in state finals
 
The EBSC Galaxy (U14B) made a stunning run in the US Club state championship tournament, upsetting the state’s No. 1 team, Montclair Gauchos, before falling, 3-2, on a golden goal PK with just seconds remaining in the championship game to FC Copa. 
 
In the semifinals, the Galaxy, NJ’s No. 12 team, withstood an early charge by Montclair, the nation’s No. 6 team, and countered with two first-half goals. The Galaxy’s keeper made a great save on a Montclair PK early in the second half to keep the Galaxy in control. After Montclair narrowed the Galaxy lead to 2-1, EBSC responded with a brilliant goal on a direct kick to ice an exciting 3-1 victory.
 
Riding the high of that stunning semifinal win, the Galaxy fell behind FC Copa, the state’s No. 3 team, 1-0, early in the first half but tied the score on a set piece. Even though the Galaxy dominated play throughout the second half, FC Copa took a 2-1 lead late in the half and, with seconds remaining in regulation time, the Galaxy pulled up 10 players and scored off a scramble in front with just seconds to go, sending the championship game into overtime. With very little time to go in the second overtime, an FC Copa forward broke free and was pulled down near the penalty area. After consulting with his assistant referee, the referee ruled the infraction inside the box and awarded a PK, which FC Copa’s forward placed perfectly into the upper 90 for the championship goal.
 
"It was a great run and the boys played tremendously throughout," said Galaxy team manager Alan Pavelchak. "We’re so proud of the boys for their great play and their winning attitude."
 
Team members include Matt Anderson, Kyle Ballinger, Dom Bohorquez, Kevin Casari, Thomas Dorsay, Joey Gudzak, Alex Hwang, Corey Klaskin, Michael Mischler, Aram Monokian, Sean Mulhollem, Sam Pavelchak, Anik Ray, Teryn Reed, Matt Skinner, Jesse Stabinsky, Alex Stelicos and Raphael Zonis.
 
The team is coached by Julian Richens, assistant coach at Rider University.
 
Week Ending 4/17-4/18

EB Cosmos, off to great start, win Monroe Tournament

The EBSC Cosmos (U11B) are off to a strong start, going undefeated in their first 4 games and winning their first tournament this past weekend in Monroe. The Cosmos have come together both offensively and defensively, showing great teamwork and heart in all of their victories to date.

The team is led by field players Albert Syla, Matteo Tarella, Taylan Ozan, Gregory Gordon, Sam Kleinberg, Anthony Ayoub, Nicholas Cetta, Benjamin Pergament, Joel Reider Ryan Rosales, Arnav Seelam, Jordan Vaspoli, Brian Wilhelm, Matt Schffer and Jonathan King, with Zachary Temin in goal. The team is coached by Andy Syla, Ira Temin and Larry Reiter and trained by John Santos.
 
Dynamo stuns Cranford with comeback win
The EBSC Dynamo (U11B) pulled off one of its biggest victories to date, coming back from a 2-0 deficit in the second half to stun Cranford, 4-2.
 
Down 2-0, the Dynamo got a big lift when Patrick, playing very scrappy, scored on an assist from Jason. Then a couple of minutes later, Ryan F, running with great intensity, pounded in the tying goal. Moments later, Benny crossed the ball in front of the goal, where it ricocheted off Pat and ended up on Matt P’s foot and then promptly into the goal. With time running down, Sahil put the nail in the coffin, scoring the fourth and final goal.
 
Also contributing to the big victory were Chewy at goal, defenders Matt T, Brandon and John, and midfielders and forwards Connor, Andrew, Stelly and Amani. Gabriel missed the game due to illness but has been an important contributor all season. 
 
 
Week Ending 4/11/10:
 
Strong team effort by Team Finland
Team Finland played its third close game of the season on Saturday. With leading scorer Marissa K sidelined in the first quarter, the team looked to Morgan K, wearing the captain armband, to provide veteran leadership and strong play up front. Joining her on the offensive side was Jolie H, who has been coming on strong lately and who managed several breakaways. Newcomer Valerie M provided another solid performance in goal, extending her season long shutout streak to 4 quarters. The defense received strong play by first-year and rising star Sammi G and was anchored by defensive ace Lucy M. Strong play in the midfield was led by Gabby L and Charlie S, whose ball-hawking style kept the opposing offense off their game. The team received a boost when leading scorer, Marissa K returned later in the game. But victory was not to be had by team Finland, as last-minute breakaways by the dynamic duo of sisters Morgan K and Marissa K were not enough to get past the excellent play of the opposition’s goalie, who had 5 stops in the last quarter.  The Frozen Gatorade award, which goes each week to the player who plays the hardest, went to Marissa L, who played very well in midfield and on defense. 
 
EBSC Galaxy get it in gear.
After getting off to a slow start this spring the Galaxy began to gel this 
weekend, winning a key league showdown on Saturday and coming through with a big State Cup win on Sunday.
 
Taking on a strong Mt Olive Thunder team on Saturday the Galaxy prevailed, 
3-2, in an evenly played, back-and-forth battle. 
 
The Galaxy dodged a bullet in the opening seconds when the Thunder opened the game with a fast run down the left 
and blasted a shot off the near post, then a rebound was put back and cleared 
off the line by the defense. With the wind at their back, the Galaxy battled back and went ahead 1-0 when a 
ball was played from the end line into the goal mouth. The keeper could not 
field the high bouncer and it found its way across the line. Another scare came 
late in the half when a trip in the box gave the Thunder a PK, but the shot was 
again off the post. The Galaxy went up 2-0 early in the second half, before the Thunder battled back 
to tie it 2-2. Then late in the game a penalty was called against the Thunder 
just outside the box. The first player ran over the ball without kicking it, 
causing the wall to break down, and the kick was blasted low and hard to the far 
post for the game-winner. 

The next day, Galaxy traveled to Brick to take on the state’s No. 8-ranked team, the Twin 
County Titans, in the opening round of the State Cup and came away with a 2-0 victory.
 
After a scoreless first half, a Galaxy forward got the ball in 
a good spot and got off a hard shot which resulted in a hand ball just outside 
the box. Again the run-over "dummy" by the first player broke down the wall and 
the second player shot hard into the right side for a 1 -0 lead.  The Titans 
poured it on and committed more resources forward, but the Galaxy D was up to 
the challenge and turned away each run. A quick counter attack created a 
Galaxy breakaway and the forward slotted the ball to the left of the keeper for 
a two-goal lead. The Titans had a breakaway later in the second half, but the 
charging keeper forced the shooter just wide of the post.  

The Galaxy will now face #6-ranked Den of Lions Samba in the quarterfinal round of the 
State Cup.
 
Big win for Team Fiji
Team Fiji (U10B Rec) had an impressive win this past weekend against a good, determined Team Italy team. Team Fiji got off to a good early start, as Sayom scored the team’s first goal of the day. Evan W and Raymond increased the tally to 3-0 before Italy struck back with a goal. Team Italy made a lot of forays into the Fijian half, but a strong, tireless defensive display by Evan B and some fantastic saves by goalkeeper Justin helped Team Fiji go to halftime with the lead. In the second half, Evan W scored four more, showing a combination of good ball control and shooting ability and Daniel added another to increase the lead further. Joseph, Daniel and Manav played solid defense during the entire half to deny the opponents any more goals. They were well supported by Srisurya, Renesh, and Ryan, who fell back in time from their midfield and offensive positions to regain the possession and build counter-attacks.  Sayom, Raymond, Ryan, Evan W, and Justin kept up relentless pressure on Team Italy’s goal throughout the second half which resulted in the big win. Team Italy’s goalkeeper played an excellent game, as did the rest of Team Italy, who played hard and kept the match full of attacks and counter attacks.
 
Spirit excels at tournament
The EBSC Spirit (U13G) opened the season by advancing all the way to the semifinals of the PDA Spring Kickoff this past weekend. The team finished second in their bracket with a 2-0 win over Washington United, a 2-2 draw with tournament champion CFC Arsenal from Connecticut and a hard-fought 1-0 loss to Torpedo’s Red from Wyckoff.

Goal scorers were Gabriella Merse on a direct kick from 20+ yards, Barbara Garretson assisted by Katherine McCulley, and Julia Simoes and Meghan McGurl with unassisted goals. Shannan McCarthy had an excellent weekend in goal, including a diving stop on a penalty kick in the first match.

Sydney Rosa, Gabrielle Sachs, Margeret Lee, Alex Kalafor, Carly Torrado, Goldy Ianosi, Kaitlyn Roughan, Stephanie Schwailik, Brittany Lutz and Jamie Delany all made major contributions to the successful tournament weekend. 

FALL 2009
Season Recap:
 
Team Italy (U12B) rolled to a perfect 10-0 record and finished first in its Recreation Division, displaying great sportsmanship and team spirit in the process. Team members were George Aboudiwan, Ari Alter, Matthew Bartus, John Berezniak, Keysean Brant-Sharp, James Goldbeck, Jonathan Gonclaves, Aidan Lee, Eric Lu, Logan March, Sharbel Sassine, Joseph Shenouda and Phillip Willis. Italy’s coaches were Greg Berezniak, Karen Berezniak and Greg March.
 
The EBSC Hurricanes II (U14B) team had an impressive season, winning Mid-New Jersey’s Flight 3 with 7 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie and now look forward to playing in either Flight 1 or 2 this spring. It was a tremendous team effort as boys gave up a total of only 9 goals and had 12 different players score. Players on the team include John Cosenza, Alex Huang, Robert Kamil, Jared Kirschenbaum, Brent Lardieri, Andy Le, Luca Loncar, Ryan O’Leary, Adrian Pitrzyk, Luke Smalley, Bryan Temin, Richie Toth and Ethan Yaros and newcomers Christian Chlan, Tim Flynn, Richie Santana, Brandon Santos and Michael Zuckerman. Every player on the Hurricanes II also played for their school team. The team is coached by Brad Caruso, David Kirschenbaum, Anthony Lardieri and John Santos. Brad and John also train the team. 
 
Week Ending 11/22/09:
 
EBSC United (U12B)) won their flight with a 3-2 win over Long Valley Fire. EB United trailed Long Valley Fire in second place due to one loss against them in the first leg of the season, so the rematch was a true test of the boys’ mental and physical endurance. EBSC mixed short-passing combinations with long diagonal passes to create a number of excellent scoring opportunities, while Long Valley was held to fewer than six shots on goal. EB United will likely move on to flight 1 in the Spring 2010 season with Yoni Auerbach, Chris Cap, Robert Ciuraru, George Eskander, Joey Fawzy, Mohamed Fquihi, Pat Hartman, Brendan Hills, Russel Kevin, Dennis Kotenko, Marco Loncar, Alex Mora, Phil Ogalo, Philip Ripp, Luke Roche, and Matt Ross. EB United are coached by Kevin Roche and Serge Loncar and trained by Julian Richens.
 
Week Ending 11/15/09:
 
The EBSC Wildcats (U11G) will host the Linden Diamonds on Sunday, November 22 at 11:30 a.m. at Dideriksen Park field #1. The game will feature a battle for first place.  The Wildcats beat the Diamonds, 3-0, in the first meeting and need a win or a tie to bring home the flight championship.  The Wildcats would welcome hometown fans to come root them on in this final match of the season. Team members include Andrea Apostoloescu, Gabrielle Blaustein, Jennifer Brauer, Swathi Chikoti, Melissa Ciaccio, Jessica Cortez, Ciara Gaertner, Sara Gilbert, Sydney Greenspan, Samir Mastro, Blake Merwin-Lew, Katrina Nguyen-Demary, Maria Salib, Christen Serrao and Elizabeth Toto. The Wildcats are coached by Steven Blaustein and assistant coach Chris Ciaccio and are trained by Kristie Lang (Rutgers) and Erin Guthrie (Rutgers).
 
Week Ending 10/25/09:

The EBSC Ravens (U13G) endured bad weather and tough competition to come away with a tournament championship at Spook-a-Rama in North Brunswick this past weekend.  The girls scored 4 goals and gave up just 1 in their two tournament victories. "I’m really proud of the girls,"said coach John Colaiuti. "They’ve been working hard and playing great all season, and it really paid off this weekend."

Team members include Sree Adusumilli, Karen Barreto, Brooke Bussiere, Jordan Bussiere, Allie Caravella, Kaitlin Colaiuti, Samantha Dix, Sarah Frost, Gina Geletei, Nicole Girgis, Alyssa Harvey, Emily Isaac, Julie Kalt, Cali McDonough, Johanna Moskovich, Lauren Ortado, Emily Polinski and Amanda Wortham.  The team is coached by John Colaiuti and Chris Dix.

 


 
Week Ending 10/110/09:
 
The EBSC Spirit (U13G) traveled south this past weekend and brought home a first-place trophy in the top flight of the George Pratt Memorial Columbus Day Tournament in Cape May .The Spirit advanced to the finals after a 1-1 draw with the Voorhees Vikings and 3-1 and 1-0 victories against Montgomery United SC Black (PA) and Radnor SC Black Storm (PA).In the final the Spirit played the Warrington Blast (PA) to a 0-0 tie after regulation and an overtime period.An exciting PK shootout followed with the Spirit winning, 3-2. Emily Chimento, Barbara Garretson,Alex Kalafor, Brittanny Lutz, Margaret Lee, Goldy Ianosi, Shannan McCarthy,Katherine McCulley,Gabriella Merse, Gabrielle Sachs,Julie Simoes,Sydney Rosa,Kaitlyn Roughan,Stephanie Schwailik,Carly Torrado and Meg McGurl (guest) all played for the Spirit.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SPRING 2009
Week Ending 05/17/09:
The EBSC Galaxy (U13B) mounted a frantic comeback in the final 15 minutes of their US Cup state semifinal game this past Saturday but fell just short, losing 3-2 to the eventual state champion Highland Jaguars in a thrilling game at Mercer County Park.
 
The Galaxy started out strong, controlling possession for the first 15 or 20 minutes but not getting any good opportunities. Then the Jaguars’ speed advantage began to show as they were able to chase down a long ball in the corner and create their first goal. A short while later the Galaxy were whistled for a trip in the penalty area, and a PK was awarded. EB’s keeper guessed right while the ball went to his left for the second goal. Late in the first half a Jaguar run to the goal line and service into the box was slotted inside the near post for a 3-0 halftime lead.
The second half was an entirely different story. While the Jaguars came out in the second half looking content with a 3-goal lead, the Galaxy were not done playing. They pressed forward in waves, creating numerous chances but the Jaguar D held. With less than 15 minutes to play, the Galaxy won a free kick from 25 yards. The kick was blasted into the top right corner to make it 3-1.  The momentum shifted immediately and the energized Galaxy attacked at a frantic pace.  With 5 minutes to play a cross was headed in to make it 3-2.  The Galaxy were now committing nearly everyone forward, and the team’s keeper was forced to run almost to midfield to defend one ball.  As the clock wound down a final opportunity came from close in, as the ball was played across the goal and a diving Galaxy player just missed getting a head on the ball.  
The Galaxy bounced back the next day, winning convincingly, 3-0, in a MAPS game in Livingston.
The EBSC Gladiators (U9B) played three games this past weekend, coming immediately on the heels of two hard days of tryouts.   Saturday was spent in East Windsor at their Summer Blast Off tournament, where the Gladiators were initially unable to adjust their style to the long, wet grass, and began the day with a disappointing loss to the Scotch Plains-Fanwoods Storm.  Committing themselves to playing error-free ball after that, they took the lead early in their second match against Toms River Juventus (an undefeated team flighted higher in MOSA), and held them off the rest of the way for the 1-0 victory.   On Sunday, the Gladiators hosted the Sayreville Eagles in league play at Dideriksen.   Continuing where they left off on the previous day, the home side shut down the opposing forwards and made their own chances on counter-attacks.    After a scoreless first half, the East Brunswick side notched a goal in the opening minutes of the second half, then held out against a continuous assault by Sayreville for the rest of the match.   Bending, but not breaking, the Gladiators secured another 1-0 victory, giving them 4 wins in 5 games over the last two weekends, and a much-needed break until after Memorial Day. 
Week Ending 05/10/09:
The EBSC Galaxy (U13B) may be just two wins away from a state  NJ Cup championship, but they’re taking things a game at a time. The first game is Saturday at 12 noon against Highland Jaguars the state’s No. 11-ranked team, at Mercer County Park’s field #6. The Galaxy, who defeated New Egypt, Livingston and Ironbound in previous US Cup games to reach the state semifinals, and Highlands played to a 1-1 draw last month in a MAPS showdown.  If the Galaxy win, they will advance to the state championship game against either Mount Olive or SC Vistula, who are playing in the other semifinal. The championship game will be played at 4:30 on Saturday at the park’s field #4.  This past weekend, the Galaxy tuned up for their state championship run with a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Bridgewater Arsenal. The Galaxy took advantage of a strong wind at their backs to dominate possession in the first half, creating several opportunities until they cashed in with a short- range goal about 30 minutes in. The tables were turned in the second half, though, as the Galaxy withstood Bridgewater’s attack and yielded just the tying goal. The Galaxy began to assert themselves again about midway through the half and controlled play the rest of the way, winning several dangerous free kicks.  The Galaxy are coached by Al Pavelchak and John Santos and trained by Julian Richens.   Go Galaxy!
Week Ending 05/03/09:
The EBSC Spirit (U12G) took the field with just 11 players in a steady rain last Sunday afternoon for a key JAGS matchup at West Windsor and came away with an impressive 3-0 victory. Stephanie Schwailik had 2 goals and 1 assist, while Gab Sachs added a goal and Katherine McCulley and Kaitlyn Roughan each had an assist. The Spirit also got great play up front from Carly Torrado and in midfield from Sydney Rosa. Margaret Lee, Goldy Ianosi, Emily Chimento and Barbara Garretson held a steady backline and started the attack for the Spirit. Keeper Shannon McCarthy recorded her third shutout of the season.
Galaxy advance to state semifinals:    The EBSC Galaxy (U13B) enjoyed quite a weekend, hanging on for a 0-0 tie with NJ’s 9th-ranked team, FC Premier, in MAPS play on Saturday before a dramatic 3-1 road victory on Sunday over the Ironbound Vipers to advance to the NJ Cup state semifinals.   Against FC Premier, the Galaxy got off to a slow start and played the majority of the game in their own half. Unable to string together passes and maintain possession, the boys were forced to rely on strong play from the back four and their keeper to keep their opponents off the board. The FC Premier defense played very high and won numerous offside calls. The Galaxy did manage a few breakaways against the run of play but could not convert, with the game ending tied.    The next evening, the Galaxy traveled to the less-than-friendly environs of Ironbound Stadium in Newark for a 7 p.m. start time under rainy skies. The Galaxy jumped out to an early one-goal lead with a free kick just 3 minutes in. From about 35 yards out a nice service into the box was volleyed on net, and the keeper was unable to field the wet ball. The Vipers battled back to tie it with a one-man run and blast from the left side. The wet ball slipped thru the keeper and was cleared off the line by the D, but the goal had been called.   Late in the first half a nice Galaxy combo out of the defensive end resulted in a long run to the left side of the box, and a sliding service into the areas was deflected by the keeper before being finished off to go up 2-1.    In the second half a quick reversal of play resulted in an undefended breakaway goal for the Galaxy.    The boys now move on to the NJ Cup semis against the 11th-ranked Highland Jaguars on Saturday, May 16 at Mercer County Park with a noon kick-off.
Week Ending 04/26/09:
The EBSC Panthers (U13G) continued their dominating play with big wins over the Bloomfield Amazons and the Berkely Heights Blus Mist to improve their flight-leading record to a perfect 5-0.  At home against Bloomfield, Jessica McDonald and Stephanie Pasewaldt scored hat tricks and Lianne Escobar and Kaitlin Vanbenthuysen scored a goal each to lead the offensive attack. The Panthers also dominated play in midfield, led by the strong play of Danielle Shaw.
 
In this past weekend’s win over Berkeley Heights, the defense did the job, led by Alyssa Elman in goal and  Jen Lynk, Rebecca Simpson and Caitlin Mosier on the back line.
Week Ending 04/19/09:
The EBSC Spirit (U12G) stayed sharp with a 2-1 win over BSA Force this past weekend, extending the team’s season-opening winning streak to four games. Stephanie Schwailik found the back of the net on a cross from Katherine McCulley for a 1-0 halftime lead. After BSA evened the score 20 minutes into the second half, Sydney Rosa took a pass from Gab Sachs and put the ball in the net just over the goalie’s reach for the game winner. Barbara Garretson, in her first start in goal, was outstanding.
Week Ending 04/05/09:
The EBSC Panthers (U13G) continued their winning ways this past weekend, coming from behind for an exciting 2-1 road victory over Cranford to improve to 3-0. The Panthers fell behind just two minutes into the game but soon bounced back to take control of the game. The defense also tightened up, with Alana Yates leading the Panther backline. Following a motivational speech at halftime by the team’s coaching staff, the Panthers started out the second half on the attack. The good play paid off when several pinpoint passes created a great scoring chance for Kaitlin Van Benthuysen, who buried a shot from about 20 yards to tie the game at 1-1. The Panthers kept the pressure on and, with about 10 minutes remaining, a shot and ensuing scramble led to a head ball goal by Lianne Escobar to seal the thrilling victory for EBSC.
Week Ending 03/22/09: 
The EBSC Panthers (U13G) started the season after weeks of solid training and with a winning attitude and the result has been a 2-0 record.  The Panthers trained hard during the winter and earned their first win of the season on the road against South Brunswick, 4-1.  This past weekend, they faced Westfield’s Crytal Palace on the road again and avenged last season’s last-minute loss with an impressive 5-0 victory. The Panthers kept the pressure on from the initial whistle and maintained the ball on their half for most of the game. The team’s forwards kept breaking down Westfields’s defense and made it 2-0 at halftime.  With an extraordinary performance from the Panther defense, EBSC’s midfielders and forwards exploded for three second-half goals en route to the shutout victory.
The EBSC Galaxy (U13B) combined ball possession with stifling defense last weekend to stop New Egypt, 1-0, on the road and improve to 3-0 in MAPS play.    The Galaxy, with the wind at their backs in the first half, dominated possession, out-shooting the opponents, 10-0. The only goal of the game came on a free kick from just outside the box 15 minutes into the half.  In the second half the Galaxy played into the wind, and the play was much more back and forth, with the Galaxy holding off a few scoring chances by New Egypt. The Galaxy have yet to give up a goal this season.  This weekend the Galaxy head to Maryland for the prestigious Baltimore March Madness tournament.
 
The EBSC Gladiators (U9B) traveled this past weekend to Clark, where they fared poorly last Fall, and shut down the home side for a convincing 2-0 win. The first half saw the Gladiators keep most of the play in the offensive half of the field, with the Clark Lightning limited to attempting break-aways on long balls, all of which were well-cleared by the aggressive play of the Gladiators’ keeper. Only in the final minutes did Clark maintain any possession near the Gladiators’ goal, but the teams went in to the half scoreless. The second half saw East Brunswick gather the rewards of their efforts, when a scramble in the goal mouth that could have seen any of a handful of Gladiators score was finally touched into the back of the net. Energized by the 1-0 lead, East Brunswick increased the pressure and increased their lead on a wonderful strike from about 16 years out on the right, which whistled past the Clark keeper. The Gladiators continued to dominate the game, and came close to scoring again on several occasions, all the while maintaining a well-organized and aggressive defense that limited Clark to one shot on goal the entire game.
The EBSC Spirit (U12G) opened up their JAGS season with two victories this past weekend.  On Saturday afternoon, despite high winds at Heavenly Farms, The Spirit defeated the DSC Dragons by a score of 3-0. Keeper Shannan McCarthy made several outstanding saves coming off her line in one-on-one situations to stop the attack and secure the shutout. The Spirit used the wind to their advantage in the first half with Gab Sachs converting on a PK about 5 minutes into the match. Katherine McCulley scored from about 18 yards out off a brilliant pass from Julia Simoes to put the Spirit on top 2-0 at halftime. In the second half, with the wind in their faces, the girls played an outstanding possession game, keeping the ball on the ground and maintaining their shape throughout.  Coming from the center back position Sydney Rosa buried a shot from 18 yards out 20 minutes through the second half to ice the victory for the Spirit. The next day, the Spirit traveled to Roxbury to take on the Extreme and came away with a thrilling 3-2 victory. The girls matched Roxbury goal for goal in the first half and were tied 2-2 at half time, thanks to two brilliant strikes by Stephanie Schwailik and Gab Sachs. In the second half, The Spirit backs Emma Feeney, Goldy Ianosi, Emily Chimento, Alex Kalafor, Margeret Lee, Kaitlyn Roughan and Julia Simoes withstood a furious Roxbury attack. Midway through the half Sydney Rosa exploded through the Roxbury back line and beat the goalkeeper for the deciding goal. Shannon McCarthy was spectacular in goal with at least a dozen saves.
 
The EBSC Galaxy (U13B) played back-to-back draws over the past two weekends. The Galaxy traveled to Maryland for the MSI March Madness tournament and came away with a 0-0 draw against FC Frederick, the No. 8-ranked team in Maryland. After a slow start, the Galaxy gained confidence and controlled possession and field position the entire second half but were unable to get one in the net. Unfortunately, the boys’s remaining games were cancelled due to rain.  This past weekend, the Galaxy traveled to face New Jersey’s No. 10-ranked team, the Highland Jaguars, a team that had beaten them the last two times. This time, though, the Galaxy came out strong and, with a very strong wind helping, controlled the first half but were unable to score. The Galaxy grabbed a quick goal off a multi- pass combo in the second half to take a 1-0 lead. But Highland was energized by the goal and evened the score just minutes later. The Galaxy were forced to play defensively for the rest of the half, fighting hard to hold off a few scoring chances by the Jaguars to end it 1-1. This was the first goal conceded by the Galaxy in two scrimmages and five games this season.
 

Week Ending 03/15/09
 
The EBSC Galaxy (U13B) faced the Lumberton Blaze for the first time ever and sent a strong message, winning 3-0 with a solid offensive and defensive effort.    The Galaxy took control early and kept pressure on Lumberton throughout the first half, outshooting their opponents, 17-3, and turning a nice multi-pass combo into a close-range goal for a 1-0 halftime lead.The second half was equally lopsided, and the Galaxy grabbed a quick goal and then one more midway through the half. The Galaxy held Lumberton without a shot in the second half in recording their second straight clean sheet.

 
The EBSC Spirit (U12G) took the field with just 11 players in a steady rain last Sunday afternoon for a key JAGS matchup at West Windsor and came away with an impressive 3-0 victory. Stephanie Schwailik had 2 goals and 1 assist, while Gab Sachs added a goal and Katherine McCulley and Kaitlyn Roughan each had an assist. The Spirit also got great play up front from Carly Torrado and in midfield from Sydney Rosa. Margaret Lee, Goldy Ianosi, Emily Chimento and Barbara Garretson held a steady backline and started the attack for the Spirit. Keeper Shannon McCarthy recorded her third shutout of the season.
Galaxy advance to state semifinals:    The EBSC Galaxy (U13B) enjoyed quite a weekend, hanging on for a 0-0 tie with NJ’s 9th-ranked team, FC Premier, in MAPS play on Saturday before a dramatic 3-1 road victory on Sunday over the Ironbound Vipers to advance to the NJ Cup state semifinals.   Against FC Premier, the Galaxy got off to a slow start and played the majority of the game in their own half. Unable to string together passes and maintain possession, the boys were forced to rely on strong play from the back four and their keeper to keep their opponents off the board. The FC Premier defense played very high and won numerous offside calls. The Galaxy did manage a few breakaways against the run of play but could not convert, with the game ending tied.    The next evening, the Galaxy traveled to the less-than-friendly environs of Ironbound Stadium in Newark for a 7 p.m. start time under rainy skies. The Galaxy jumped out to an early one-goal lead with a free kick just 3 minutes in. From about 35 yards out a nice service into the box was volleyed on net, and the keeper was unable to field the wet ball. The Vipers battled back to tie it with a one-man run and blast from the left side. The wet ball slipped thru the keeper and was cleared off the line by the D, but the goal had been called.   Late in the first half a nice Galaxy combo out of the defensive end resulted in a long run to the left side of the box, and a sliding service into the areas was deflected by the keeper before being finished off to go up 2-1.    In the second half a quick reversal of play resulted in an undefended breakaway goal for the Galaxy.    The boys now move on to the NJ Cup semis against the 11th-ranked Highland Jaguars on Saturday, May 16 at Mercer County Park with a noon kick-off.
The EBSC Gladiators (U9B) played home and away this Mother’s Day weekend, facing the Millburn Braves on Saturday and then traveling to Branchburg to face the Blast on Sunday.  Both matches started out slowly, with the Gladiators conceding a goal around the 10 minute mark.   Yet each time, the team kept their heads up and took the game to their opponents, creating numerous scoring chances and smothering their opponents on defense.  The final scores were 2-1 over Millburn and 3-1 over Branchburg, with five different Gladiators tallying goals.    These two wins meant that the Gladiators finished 3-0 against opponents that stayed with them in Flight 3 from last season.
 
FALL 2008
Season in Review:
 
The EBSC Hurricanes II (U13B) had a fabulous MNJYSA Fall season, finishing with a sparkling 7-1-2 record and, for the first time in team history, earned a flight championship.  The boys also took second place in the premiere flight of the Spook-a-Rama Tournament.  Congratulations to everyone on the team:  John Cosenza, Kyrollos Hanna, Alex Huang, Robert Kamil, Jared Kirschenbaum, Brent Lardieri, Andy Le, Luca Loncar, Jack Mehr, Ryan O’Leary, Adrian Pietrzyk, Pierre Saad, Luke Smalley, Bryan Temin, Richie Toth, and Ethan Yaros ...
 
The EBSC Spirit (U12G) won the top flight at the Wall Soccer Fall Classic Tournament over Columbus Day weekend, going 4-0 ...
  
Over in Recreation, in the boys’ U13 division, Team Australia represented EBSC in great style, coming from behind to defeat Old Bridge, 2-1, to claim the 3M League (Monmouth-Middlesex-Mercer Recreation)  championship. The two teams also demonstrated their sportsmanship when, midway through the first half, an Old Bridge player was injured and an EB player intentionally kicked the ball out of bounds to allow the player to be attended to. Old Bridge then took the throw-in and, to show its appreciation for EBSC’s good sportsmanship, threw the ball right to an EBSC player so the game could continue. Team members include: Jason Gessner, Andrew Simpson, Samuel Frost, Ryan Lizotte, Jonathan Golin, Frank Bosworth, Mark Mevorah, Michael Sharobeem, Rikhil Patel, Kirolous Makrious, Eugene Sychevskiy, Cory Stabinsky, John Favate, Nicholas Favate, James Marple, Jonathan Feld and Eric Wolf ... Cameroon, the Boys U13-U15 Recreation team, completed a great fall season, finishing in first place for their division. The squad compiled a 9-1 record, outscoring opponents 54-14. Team members are Craig Barretto, Stevonn Charleston, Austin Coimbra, Nick Feld, Kyle Kelliher, Sam Kim, Nick Kofman, Christian McLean, Brayan Morales, Nick Naccarato, Stephen Ripp, Peter Sassine, Dan Shpilsky, AJ Sta. Ana, Jon Sweet, Ahed Syed, Carlos Torrelio, Mike Trimboli and Andrew Zaki. Cameroon was coached by Mike Ripp and Factor Torrelio ...
 
The EBSC Vipers (U14B) travel team won Flight 2 in the MNJYSA league. The boys worked hard, played together as a team, and had lots of fun. The team achieved a total of 7 wins, 2 ties, and only 1 loss with an overall 21-goal positive difference. Team members included Shane, Andrew, Billy, Zach, Kevin, Jimmy, Matt, Fletcher, Chris, Oren, Marcus, Paul, Nick and Brad
 
Week Ending 11/23:
 
The EBSC Revolution (U9G) capped off a successful first season with a 1-0 win against Metuchen yesterday. The Revolution victory was made possible by a tough defense led by Lauren Krinsky in goal and Casey Caroselli, Ashley Desrosier and Gabby Brancato in the back. The team’s offensive trio of Callie Luftig, Kayla Kaplan and Victoria Gil kept pressure on Metuchen’s goal, while a strong midfield tracked back to aid in the defensive end against a tough Metuchen offense. Outstanding play in the midfield by Tori Constantin, Gina Morrison, Dayna Dobkowski, Jessica Kehoe, Lauren Krinsky and Meghan McSpiritt helped lead the Revolution to victory.
 
Week Ending 11/09:
 
The EBSC Gladiators (U9B) continued their run at being undefeated at home this season with two strong efforts this past weekend. In Saturday’s match, where the team’s dark green jerseys were quickly dark brown with mud, the Gladiators jumped out to a 2-0 lead by halftime against the Greater Flemington Wolverines, and the game seemed well in hand. However, defensive breakdowns against a furious assault by the Wolverines saw the score tied at 2-2 late in the game. Playing strong to the finish, though, the Gladiators’ left back made a strong run up the touch line, then cut into the box and slotted home past the keeper to cement the 3-2 win in the final seconds of the game. In Sunday’s match, the visiting Berkeley Heights Bobcats got an early gift when a tumble in the box sent a Gladiator onto the turf and onto the ball, where contact with an arm created a PK opportunity. Not letting their heads drop for a moment, the Gladiators came back and evened up the score a minute later. The rest of the game saw both teams battling to secure the game-winning second goal, but neither team could manage it, and the final whistle ended a hard-fought 1-1 draw.
 
A team of EBSC coaches won the championship in the fourth annual Coaches Tournament at Soccer Centers in Somerset last Saturday evening. The EBSC team swept through its four games before meeting Scotch Plains, last year’s champion, in the final. With the score tied 0-0 at the end of regulation, the game went into penalty kicks, and EBSC won on the sixth round.
 
 
Week Ending 10/19:
 
The EBSC Spirit (U12G) won the top flight at the Wall Soccer Fall Classic this past weekend.The Spirit posted victories over Ridgewood (2-0), Lionsville Youth (PAE) (4-2), Spirit United (PAE) (1-0) and West Windsor, 1-0, in a battle of undefeated teams in the finals. The defense, led by Shannon McCarthy in goal, Margeret Lee, Alex Kalafor, Emma Feeney, Gabrielle Sachs and Kaitlyn Roughan, were spectacular in recording three shutouts in the tournament. Sydney Rosa exploded for 4 goals, while Katherine McCulley, Gabrielle Sachs, Julia Simoes and Margareta Ianosi each scored a goal.The goals were assisted by Julia Simoes, Kaitlyn Roughan and Katherine McCulley. Outstanding play in the midfield and forward positions by Nicole Girgis, Stephanie Schwailik, Margareta Ianosi, Carly Torrado, Emily Chimento and Barbara Garretson also contributed to this weekend’s championship run. The Spirit compete in the Jersey Area Girls league and are ranked in the Top 20 in NJ by "USA Rank" and Top 25 in NJ by "GotSoccer."
 
EBSC United (U11B) played their home opener this past Sunday and came up with their finest performance to date, beating a strong Watchung Hills team, 2-0. Forwards Matt Ross, Phil Ogalo and Drew Walcott found themselves with scoring opportunities several times in each half due to the hard work of midfield players Pat Hartman, Brendan Hills, Marco Loncar, Alex Mora, Mohamed Fquihi and Andrew Hoeni. In the meantime, the backline of Chris Cap, Philip Ripp, Ian Sawicki and Alec Hoeni, along with goalkeeper Luke Roche, denied the Tigers’ every attempt. The victory was the United’s fourth win of the season.
 
France (U12B Rec) had a great day at the Manalapan Fun Fest, winning two games to take home a first-place trophy. France scored an impressive 4-1 victory over a crafty East Windsor team and then squeezed by a strong Willingboro team, 1-0, to lock up the championship. Team members include Matt Barducco, Shaurya Baxi, Dhruv Bhardwaj, Aaron Chandler, Jenniston Francis, Minhyuk Kim, Corey Lew-Merwin, Kayo Ogunwale, Herman Ramirez, Ethan Rampersad, Alex Rodman, Alex Wojcik and David Zemlyanker. Team France is coached by Robert Rampersad and Andrey Zemlyanker.
 
The EBSC Galaxy (U13B) were entered in the competitive top bracket of the Parsippany Pride Tournament over Columbus day weekend. All games were against MAPS teams with the Galaxy going 4-0. The first game was against a top ten ranked team from CT, Newtown Samba. After giving up an early goal, the Galaxy battled back, ending the first half 1-1 behind superb keeper play. Playing good team-play during the second half they were able to end the game 4-2 behind goals from 4 different players. The next game was against Hans Soliz Academy, and the Galaxy were able to pull off a 5-3 win in a scrappy, physical game. Sunday morning the Galaxy did enough to pull out a 2-0 win against Madison YMCA Avalanche, dodging a bullet in the form of two penalty kicks awarded to the Avalanche in the second half.The tournament final was against the other bracket winner, the Ironbound Vipers. The Galaxy controlled the match and posted a convincing 3-1 win. Ironbound could not develop any sustained offense, with their lone goal coming on a PK after a handball in the box late in the game.
 
The EBSC Blazers (U12B) enjoyed a very successful weekend. Playing 4 games against very good competition, they mananged a 3-0-1 record including winning First Place in the North Brunswick Spook-a-rama Tournament. In all of the games, the Blazers dominated both offensively and defensively giving up only 3 goals in the 4 games. Members of the Blazers are: Brian Amriddinov, Josh Barkoff, Alex Coward, Brandon Enny, James Fiocco, Alex Gomez, Ryan Josephson, Evan Kleiner, Kyle Knotts, Noah Levine, Derek Morgen, David Nadler, Adam Rosa, Dylan Serra & Matt Siegel. The Blazers are coached by Steve Morgen, Lou Serra, and Alan Nadler. Team Trainer is Jim Buchanan of Maestro Soccer.
 
Week Ending 10/05:
 
The EBSC Mustangs (U13G) have qualified for the Sweet Sixteen in this year’s State Cup tournament. The Mustangs defeated Morris United, 3-0, in the first round and then scored an exciting 3-2 win over the North Caldwell Galaxy to keep their State Cup championship dreams alive. Starring for the Mustangs were Marlena Bevilacqua, Gillian Blewett, Lauren Coletti, Victoria DeLaHoz, Gabriella DiLiberto, Taylor Evanchik, Rebecca Hager, Devon Himelman, Rachel Kaplan, Amber Kelly, Tori Kelner, Kayla Kennedy, Ronni Luftig, Jackie Miskanic, Jordyn Worby and Leah Zweig. The Mustangs are coached by Herman DeLaHoz and Brad Caruso.
 
After having to cancel their home opener last weekend due to thunderstorm activity, EBSC United (U11B) took to the road once again on Sunday, this time heading to Washington’s Crossing State Park to challenge the Hopewell Valley Riptide. United came out strong in the first half and scored three goals. The Riptide tried to rally with a goal in the second half, but United’s defense was not about to concede any further ground. EBSC’s 3-1 victory was especially satisfying for the boys as the Riptide had managed a 3-2 come-from-behind upset the last time these teams met.
 
The EBSC Galaxy (U13 B) lost a tough 1-0 game in state cup play against Hillsboro Roma on Sunday at home. In spite of dominating time of possession they could not find the back of the net against a strong Hillsboro defense after giving up an early goal to go down 1-0. They will look to rebound in the Parsippany tournament next weekend.
 
Week Ending 09/28:
 
The EBSC Galaxy (U13B) has been plagued with injuries and illness this year and has not yet had their full squad together for a game, but they were still able to post two big wins this past weekend. In the first round of the State Cup qualifiers on Saturday, the Galaxy traveled to Delran and defeated the Delran Avengers, 4-0, on goals from four different players. In MAPS league play on Sunday, the boys traveled to Newark to face the Ironbound Vipers and won a hard-fought 2-1 game. With only 12 active players, the Galaxy took a 1-0 lead in the first half, then gave up the tying goal later in the half on a free kick after a hand ball just outside the box. After a back-and forth second half with each side playing good defense, the Galaxy broke through with a late goal and held on for the remaining 5 minutes of play for the win. In the next round of State Cup play the Galaxy face Hillsborough Roma at home on the turf field on Saturday
 
The EBSC Twisters (U10G) played a tough match against a very strong Westfield team this past Sunday, coming away with a decisive 3-1 win. After spotting Westfield a one-goal lead at the half, the Twisters came back strong, with Maria, Andrea and Megan R. each scoring unanswered goals in the second half. The tough Twister defense successfully shut down several late scoring drives by a very fast and skilled Westfield offense. The Twisters are now 3 - 0 on the season.
 
Week Ending 09/21:
 
EBSC United (U11B) took to the road again this past Sunday to play a local rival, the Sayreville Bombers, and came away with a come-from-behind 4-3 victory. Sayreville took a first-half lead with a goal in the 16th minute and held the lead into the intermission. United made a few adjustments during halftime and came out to even the score just seconds after the second-half kickoff. While the first-half was dominated by defense, both offensive squads opened up the second half, with United getting the best of Sayreville for their second win of the season.
 
The EBSC Spirit (U12G) traveled to Hillburn, NY, Sunday night and played the defending Northern County Soccer Association champs, Monroe Woodbury Magic, to a 1-1 draw. After falling behind 1-0 in the first half Katherine McCulley scored off a cross from Sydney Rosa in the 65th minute to tie the score at 1-1. Shannan McCarthy had an excellent game in goal for the Spirit, turning away several scoring opportunities. The Spirit play in the Jersey Area Girls League (JAGS) and are currently ranked by USA Rank as the #14 team in New Jersey.
 
The Green Cyclones and the Green Hornets (Girls U13-17 Recreation) played an exciting match last weekend. The teams were neck and neck for the entire game. The Green Hornets took a two-goal lead late into the game but, with persistent hard work and relentless pressure, the Green Cyclones answered back with 2 brilliant goals to even the score. With only minutes left in the game, the Green Cyclones’ keeper made a tough save, but Jamie Hatala from the Hornets was able to pounce on the loose ball and score the game-winning goal. The Green Cyclones, coached by Nora Ospina and Bob McNeil, were led by keepers Lauren Cohen and Erin Concannon, defenders Veronica Ricci, Ana Vargias, Kasey Lam and Jessica Ospina, midfielders Ashely McNeil, Sneha Vaswani, Vidhi Vakharia and Ellen Concannon and forwards Amanda Geist, Lisa Quaglino and Kita Sha. The Hornets, coached by Pete Trimboli, were led by key attackers Jamie Hatala, Laurie Toich and Michele Grader, with strong midfield support from Julie and Kristen Trimboli and Jackie Mulè. Anchoring the defense were Christi and Melissa Hillen and Michelle Basilious. Adriana Cortez, Leah Weinstein, Corissa Wehr, Sarah Wilson, Kate Sisto, Jessica Chang and Danica Cotov were also key contributors to the Hornets’ performance.
 
The EBSC Twisters (U10G National) played a tremendous match against a very tough Metuchen Huskies team last Sunday, coming away with a hard-fought 1 - 0 victory for their second win of the season. The lone goal of the game was scored by Shelby, with Maria and Cassidy assisting on the play. The Twisters played a swarming defense, with constant support to effectively shut down the Huskies’ offensive opportunities. Samantha and Megan R. were exceptional in goal to combine for the shutout.
 
Week Ending 09/14:
 
The Blue Lightning (U9/10G Recreation) played to an exciting 2-2 tie with a very tough Green team. After a scoreless first half that featured strong defense from Mikayla, Sanya and Gillian, the Lightning’s first score was on a goal by Samir with an assist from Adriana. This was all set up by the passing of the midfielders, Tsion and Sanya. The Green quickly countered with a goal of their own to tie the score. The Lightning’s second goal was again scored by Samir, with the assist going to Tsion, for a 2-1 lead. But the Green team fought back and scored the tying goal. From there the defense tightened up, as Jordyn, Gillian and Mikayla, with help from all the girls, held off Green’s attack. Marina and Jordyn also played very well in the keeper position for the Lightning.
 
The EBSC Twisters (U10G National) played a tremendous match against a very tough Franklin Shooting Stars team on Sunday afternoon, coming away with a convincing 4 – 2 victory. Maria and Shelby provided outstanding offensive power, scoring 2 goals each. Assisting on the scoring drives and controlling the midfield were Christen, Andrea, Sophie and Kayle. The "Iron Clad" defense comprised of Jamie, Chloe, Cassidy, Megan G. and Ariel formed an impenetrable wall and effectively shut down the Shooting Stars’ late offensive drives. Megan R. was exceptional in goal with 12 saves.
 
EBSC United (U11B) opened the season with a win on the road, defeating the St. John Vianney Jaguars in Colonia this past Sunday. United played a strong defensive game and held the Jaguars scoreless while managing to put the ball into the back of the Jaguars’ net twice, once in each half of the game. These teams met once before, playing to a 3-3 draw in the final game of the Fall ’07 season.
 
SPRING 2008
Tournaments:
 
The EBSC Strikers (U10B), coached by Gary Hoeni, had a wonderful Memorial Day Tournament in Manalapan, winning all four of their games.
 
The EBSC Hurricanes II (U12B), coached by David Kirschenbaum, played very well in the Manalapan Memorial Day Tournament in an extremely tough bracket, finishing with two big wins.
 
The EBSC Force (U13B) played a four-game round robin this weekend at the 2008 MSSL Explosion Tournament held at Ft. Dix and went home champions of the Boys U13 division. Playing against teams from Delaware, New York and New Jersey, the Force demonstrated how 11 players -- defense, midfielders and forwards -- operate as one cohesive team. Coached by Lennaert Bitters of Soccer Centers with Peter Grimando as General Manager, Force team members include forwards Zach Becker, Jaysen Bohrod, Luigi Buffolino and Feli Csombok, midfielders Thomas Cagnetta, Sean Doyle, Eric Geider, Joseph Grimando, Josh Kersner, Dan Korman and Thomas Merse, defenders Kevin Brix, Rich Kehoe, Chris Mosier and Domenic Polidoro, and keepers Grant Korten and Evan Manno.
 
The EBSC Rockets (U14B) showed off some great soccer and a never-quit attitude at this past weekend’s Manalapan Memorial Day Tournament, earning runners-up trophies in their group. Sitting in third place behind their second-place opponent, Waldwick, the Rockets knew that a victory would mean a chance to take home some hardware. Despite trailing Waldwick 1-0 at halftime, the boys showed no quit. For the last 30 minutes, they attacked the Waldwick goal relentlessly, first tying the game five minutes into the second half and then scoring the game-winner halfway through. The Rockets’ rock-solid defense and aggressive midfield play took over from there. Team members include Rahul Guha, Andrew Au-Yeung, Stephen Ripp, Konnor Kish, Rohan Rao, John Michael Bicho, Andrew Chimento, Doug Bason, Tim Khalil, Jaineel Kothari, Peter Sassine, Carlos Torrelio, Kevin Wood, Corey Schiffres and Jon Sweet. William Ying contributed as a guest player. The Rockets are coached by Steve Wood, Mike Ripp and Factor Torrelio.
 
The EBSC Bulldogs (U-14G) have been on quite a roll lately. The girls finished in first place in the East Windsor Summer Blast Off tournament, thanks to two shutout wins. They followed that up by shutting out two of three opponents and coming away with a close second place finish in the Burlington Memorial Day tournament, losing first place on a tie-breaker. The Bulldogs are anchored in goal by Ashley Gomola and on defense with Erica Amen, Hanna Lustig, Irene Shoung and Nicole Schwailik. Midfielders include Allison Regna, Claudine Michael, Michelle Mule, Danni Lebovitch and Lyndsey Gatton. The forwards are Jill Lawnick, Sivan Yair and Jamie Banhalmi. The Bulldogs are coached by Rich Amen and trained by Tommy Coohill.
 
The EBSC Lightning (U15B) proved that good guys do finish first sometimes. Playing a Silver Lake Spartans team from Staten Island that had just 7 players for this past weekend’s Manalapan Memorial Day Tournament, the Lightning’s coach, Joe Evans, took EBSC players off the field to avoid exploiting his team’s numbers advantage. The Lightning fell behind, 2-0, and, even though many other teams would have put its additional players back on the field to even the score, the EB team stuck to its plan and came back with three late goals for an exciting 3-2 victory that reminded everyone that good sportsmanship -- and not just winning -- is what’s most important.
 
The EBSC Breakers (U15G) won the top flight of the 2008 Virginian Tournament this past weekend, winning 4 games and tying 1 and not allowing a goal all weekend. The Breakers opened the tournament by beating the Tennessee Greenville Galaxy, 4-0. Up next came a challenge from a highly ranked team from Maryland, The Freestate Inferno. That closely contested match ended in a 0-0 tie. Needing a win to advance to the semifinals, the Breakers beat another ranked Maryland team, the CSA Fury,1-0. With that win, the Breakers won their flight and now moved on to the semifinals against a NJ MAPS rival, the Highland Power. That match ended in a 0-0 tie. After two 10-minute overtime periods, the game went to a PK shootout, which the Breakers prevailed, winning 3-1. In the finals, the Breakers would have a rematch against the Freestate Inferno. After taking a 1-0 lead early in the match, the Breakers battled for the remaining 60 minutes and went on to win the game. Team members of the 2008 Virginian Tournament champion Breakers are Rebecca Acevedo, Lauren Edelman, Vicki Fernandes, Rachael Gala, Ilyssa Kaplan, Ashley Kelly, Natalie Mchale, Shannon Nulty, Ali Ragusa, Cassie Riccio, Elise Roughan, Angie Shehaj, Linda Sollecito, Alyssa Steinweis and Hanna Wey. The Breakers are coached by Tom Sollecito and Ray Kelly and trained by Brad Caruso.
 
The EBSC Extreme (U16B) completed a four-game sweep enroute to winning the 2008 MSSL Explosion Tournament this past Memorial Day weekend in Fort Dix. Outstanding defense, led by Tim Brix, Larry Nicosia, Tim Gandy and Jason Chung, helped Extreme surrender just one goal all weekend. Goalkeeper Anthony Gudzak was outstanding in the nets. Offensively, the team scored 11 goals, led by Eric Palisay (4 goals) and Mike Zinberg (3 goals). Also scoring were Eddie Simoes, Mark Schaff, Shane Santiago and Mike Pavelchak.
 
The EBSC Rage (U16G), fresh off its semifinal appearance in the NJ State Cup/National Championship tournament, stayed red-hot this past weekend in the MSSL/MAPS Premier College Showcase in Ft. Dix. The girls won their flight championship with wins over Den of Lions (4-0), Bordentown (3-1), BMU Blast (4-0) and Phoenix, PA, in a PK shootout in the finals
 
Week Ending 6/22
 
The EB Comets (U9B) finished their first season together in grand style, winning all three of their matches at last week’s Toms River tournament. The boys played flawless soccer, outscoring their opponents, 16 – 0. In addition, they showed true sportsmanship, moving the ball around beautifully, no longer scoring after the games were in hand. Amani Alexander, Ryan Flynn, Jason Levine, Matt Mischler, Sahil Patel, Patrick Pinho, Benny Rosen, Ryan Stelicos, Matt Taffet, Connor Torrelio, Brandon Withum and Andrew Yager all contributed.
 
Week Ending 6/15
 
The EBSC Aggressive, comprised of players from the girls’ U7 division, came up with very impressive performances at the recent East Brunswick and Sayreville recreation tournaments, In EB, the girls had a great time in their very first tournament despite the oppressive heat. The girls, who played against each other during the spring season, rallied together to make one impressive, cohesive team. The highlight of their second game came when Chloe Tauber scored all three of EB Aggressive’s goals in only six minutes and led the team to their first tournament game win. EB also proved to be a force to be reckoned with at the Sayerville Tournament, with the highlight of the tournament coming when Gabriella Kurczeski scored three goals in one game. Other outstanding performances came from Kayleigh O’Kane, Jihanna Davidson, Rebecca Yager, Rory Keegan, Kayla Flynn, Kaitlyn Vasquez, Ciara Withum, Rachel Lipman, Hannah Colaiuti, Natalie Stralkus, Emily Chinchar, Suphada Kartik, Emma Chase, Kameran Anderson, Sarah Shultz, Simone Girgis and Danielle Apario. The Aggressive is coached by David Davidson, Ed Kurczeski and Robin Tauber.
 
The EBSC Monsters (U12G Rec) had a very successful tournament at Sayreville this past weekend, sweeping all four games (5-0, 1-0, 2-1 and 6-1) and winning first place. Even with the heat and downpour, the girls’ dedication and love of the game carried them through.   Goalkeepers Emily Polinski and Sahar Hillel stood their ground with numerous saves, while the defense, led by Karen Barretto, Monica Sharobeem, Kristen Berezniak, Michelle Broitman, Jade’ McCoy and Kasey Lam, allowed just two goals all weekend. Midfielders Rebecca Simpson, Nicole Ielmini, Gina Geletei, Haley Stab, Adriana Cortez and Amanda Myertook took command of the matches, creating great scoring opportunities for forwards Jenn Lynk, Jessica Ospina, Caitlin Mosier and Sneha Vaswani, who responded with several outstanding goals.
 
The EBSC Mustangs (U12G) took second place in the JAGS Tournament this past weekend, thanks to a big 2-0 win over West Windsor in their final game. The Mustangs got great performances from Marlena Bevilacqua, Gillian Blewett, Victoria DeLaHoz, Alyssa Elman, Taylor Evanchik, Devon Himelman, Amber Kelly, Kayla Kennedy, Megan Kosa, Ronni Luftig, Jessica McDonald, Jackie Miskanic, Stephanie Pasewaldt, Jordyn Worby, Leah Zweig and guest players Rebecca Haber, Lauren Coletti and Ashley Cafarella. The Mustangs are coached by Herman DeLaHoz and trained by Brad Caruso.
 
The EBSC Cosmos (U10B Rec) finished in second place in the Sayreville Tournament. After going undefeated in their first three games (2-0, 3-2, 2-2), the Cosmos dropped a tough first-place match to the undefeated Pinelanders in the pouring rain to finish 2-1-1.   
The Cosmos were led by the scoring tandem of Mohamed Fquhi (scoring two incredible goals directly on corner kicks in one game) and Alex Mora. Joining them in the attack were Bradley Glick and John Berezniak. Keeping steady possesion in the midfield were Dennis Krasnoiartsev, Michael Kersh, Eric Leisten, and Ayman and Mohammed Saleh. Holding down the back line were Trevor Styles, Tyler McLean, Shane McQueen, Jason Chang and Phillip Tattegrain. Playing between the posts were the goalkeeping trio of Mike Kersh, Trevor Styles and John Berezniak. The Cosmos were coached by Jay Glick and Serge Krasnoiartsev.
 
The EBSC Charge (U8G Rec) played spirited soccer this past weekend in the Sayreville Tournament, compiling a 1-1-1 record. Victoria Constantin and Casey Caroselli scored second-half goals on Saturday against Pinelander Storm, leading the Charge to a 2-1 victory. On Sunday, the girls fought the Edison Tornados to a 3-3 draw with well over 15 shots on goal that were stopped by a very good goalkeeper. The heat and fatigue got to the girls on Sunday afternoon, as they suffered a 6-2 loss to a very aggressive and physical Manalapan team. EBSC’s Dayna Dobkowski scoring on a penalty kick. According to the team’s coaches, the EBSC Charge represented the the club very well in their first experience away from East Brunswick.
 
Week Ending 6/8
 
The EBSC Blazers (U11B) finished the season on a high note with a second-place performance in the Sunburst Tournament in West Windsor/Plainsboro.   Coming through with strong efforts were Ahmed Alloka, Brian Amriddinov, Josh Barkoff, Brandon Enny, James Fiocco, Jake Hanzes, Derek Morgen, David Nadler, Matt Perel, Adam Rosa, Dylan Serra, Matt Siegel, Jake Stolzenberg and Michael Zuckerman. The Blazers are coached by Steve Morgen, Ladio Hanzes and Alan Nadler.
 
The EBSC Blasters (U15G) battled the heat and some outstanding competition over this past weekend in the Ocean County Tournament of Champions. Competing with only 11 players, the Blasters scored an upset 3-1 win over Wall SC, a strong MOSA Flight 1 and JAGS team. The goal scorers were Briana Politi with two goals and Casey Stephens with one goal. Goalie Sarah Botzenhart had an assist with a 50-yard punt that sailed over the heads of the Wall defenders to a racing Politi, who scored her second goal. Other big contributors in the win included defenders Pooja Adarkar, Devin Massih, Sabrina Singh and Shannon Thuring. The team is coached by Pete Botzenhart and Andy Politi and trained by Jim Buchanan
 
Week Ending 6/1
 
The EBSC Spirit (U11G) followed up a strong showing in the Manalapan Memorial Day Tournament -- in which they finished 1-1-2 in the top flight, including a 2-1 victory over eventual tournament champ Manalapan -- with a 3-2 victory in Bridgewater this past Saturday.   Sydney Rosa’s goal broke a 2-2 tie with less than 5 minutes to play to lift the Spirit to a thrilling win in their final JAGS game of the season. Kaitlyn Roughan scored twice in the victory, assisted by Stephanie Schailik on the first. The Spirit completed their first season in JAGS with a very respectable 2-2-2 record.   The Spirit will be competing in the JAGS tournament over Fathers Day weekend.
 
The EBSC Hurricanes II (U12B) finished the season with a stunning come-from-behind 2-1 victory over a previously-unbeaten Woodbridge team. It was the Hurricanes’ best game of the season, and everyone played great. Team members include Richie Toth, Jared Kirschenbaum, Luca Loncar, John Cosenza, Jack Mehr, Brent Lardieri, Ethan Yaros, Pierre Saad, Ryan Oleary, Kevin Baron, Luke Smalley, Adrian Pietrzyk, Christian Chlan and Bryan Temin.
 
The EBSC Thunder (U18B) clinched the MNJYSA U19 Flight 1 championship on Monday night with a big 5-2 victory over arch-rival North Brunswick.    The Thunder players and coaching staff didn’t know the significance of the game until the North Brunswick coach confirmed that, with his team’s loss over the weekend, the Thunder could not be caught. He then congratulated head coach Joel Lunney, who let the boys know.    After Monday’s win, the Thunder’s record stands at 8-0-1, with 48 goals for and just 12 goals against. This is the second year in succession that EB Thunder have "played up" at U19 Flight 1.    Incidentally, 13 of this season’s Thunder squad started with EBSC at the club’s Recreational level.
 
Week Ending 5/18
 
The EBSC Spirit (U11G) came through with a big 1-0 win over the Thistle Magic this past Saturday in Kearny. Sydney Rosa took a great pass from Gab Sachs and knocked in the only goal of the game. Shannon McCarthy was outstanding in goal for the Spirit, while Gabriella Merse and Margeret Lee anchored a solid backline.
 
Week Ending 5/04
 
The EBSC Wildcats II (U9G) lost a hard-fought thriller, 2-1, to the division-leading South Brunswick Tornadoes. Coach Steven Blaustein said he could not be more proud of his team as even in defeat, the Wildcats II have announced to Flight One that they have arrived and are a team to be reckoned with. Team members include Dominique Brancato, Sara Gilbert, Ciara Gaertner, Courtney Brancato, Gabrielle Blaustein, Jennifer Brauer, Swathi Chikoti, Elizabeth Toto, Jessica Cortez, Melissa Ciaccio, Sarah Shnayder, Gabrielle Coward and Andrea Apostolescu.
 
The Rage (U16G) won their quarter-final National Championship/NJ State Cup game this past weekend, beating NJ Freedom Rangers, 1-0. The Rage will advance to the NJ semifinals, where they will go up against Mt Laurel on Saturday, May 17 at 11:30 a.m. at The College of New Jersey. Finishing off a great weekend, the Rage also closed out their JAGS premier season undefeated
 
The Pink Panthers (Girls U11-12 Rec) had an intense game last Saturday against the Orange Team (Girls U11-12), winning 3-1 in a well-played game by both teams. For the Pink Panthers, outstanding plays were made by Sumi, Adriana, Jessica T and Jessica O, while Michele and Amanda T led a powerful defense. Adriana scored two goals and Jessica O added another. Coach Nora also credited Haley, Mary, Nicole, Amanda K and Sahar for their outstanding passing and teamwork
 
Week Ending 4/20
 
EB Force (U13B) advanced to the third round of the US Club New Jersey Cup with a 7-0 win over US Parma Ragazzi at Heavenly Farms last Friday night. Coach Peter Grimando thanked all EBSC players and parents that came out to root on the team’s victory. The Force will travel to PDA for its next US Club Cup game. The Force wrapped up a successful weekend with a 4-0 win over Bridgewater Lightning in a MAPS game. According to Peter, the team is playing "beautiful" possession soccer with calm execution -- a result of training in the Dutch Total Soccer methodology.
 
Week Ending 4/13
 
After spotting Manalapan an early 1-0 lead, Los Vatos (EB U16/17 rec team) found the opponent’s net often and late with a 6-3 victory. Alex Segura, who had to wear a teammate’s cleats (he forgot his own), took some time to get comfortable in the borrowed shoes but went on to score 2 goals and also contributed with an assist.
 
The EB Rage (U16G) won their third straight JAGS game, beating Hopewell Valley, 2-1. The Rage also won their first round State Cup game, defeating Wall Crush, 2-1
 
Week Ending 4/6
 
The EB Force (U13B) advanced to the second round of the US Club-sponsored New Jersey Cup with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Medford Flash. Tied 1-1 after regulation, the two teams played a scoreless overtime before moving into a PK shootout, where the Force outscored Medford, 3-0, to earn the victory.
 
The EB Spirit (U11G) made a strong showing in the premier division at this past weekend’s PDA tournament.The Spirit competed against three top 15 teams and came away with two 1-1 ties on Saturday against Manalapan and Washington. In a four-way tie for first going into Sunday’s match the Spirit suffered a tough 1-0 loss to Glen Rock. Katherine McCulley scored the two goals for the Spirit, assisted by Sydney Rosa and Kaitlyn Roughan.
 
The EB Wildcats II (U9G) continued their smooth transition into MNJYSA Flight 1 with a 0-0 tie against the Berkeley Heights Breezers. Outstanding play by Ciara Gaertner, Sara Gilbert, Gabrielle Blaustein and Melissa Ciaccio kept the parents on their feet as the Wildcats II rose to the challenge of playing a Breezer team that finished with a 7-3 record in Flight 1 last season.
 
Week Ending 3/31
 
The EB Titans (U-14 boys) won their flight in the winter indoor league at Soccer Centers, defeating the South Brunswick Twisters, 3-1, in the championship game after losing to them a week earlier. The Titans are coached by Dan Kennedy and Mark Mulhollem and trained by Jim Buchanan ...
 
Congratulations to the EB Wildcats II (U-9 girls) for winning their first MNJYSA Flight One game by defeating the Westfield Marseille, 2-1, on goals by Sarah Shnayder and Gabrielle Coward. The Wildcats overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit on outstanding plays by goalkeeper Dominque Brancato and a great overall team effort.
 
The EBSC Blasters (U16G) defeated Parrsipany Rage, last year’s MNJYSA Flight One runners-up, 3-1. Goals were scored by Casey Stephenson, Briana Politi and Samantha Petosa, while midfielder Pooja Adarka and the back line of Shannon Thuring, Alexa Politi, Devin Massih and Sabrina Singh played a strong game. Turning in a solid performance in goal were Shea Olhestky and Sarah Botzenhart. The Blasters are coached by Pete Botzenhart and Andy Politi
 
The EBSC Rage (U16G) won their first JAGS game of the season on Saturday, beating FC Copa, 3-0. Goals were scored by Heather Potkulski, Heather Haskoor and Samantha Kalafor. The team is coached by Greg Potkulski and Catie Kalafor.
 
The EB Twisters (U9G) won their second game in a row, beating area rival Monroe by a 2-0 score. According to coaches Mik Bognar and Vince Serrao, this represented a big improvement over last season for the Twisters, as the two teams tied 2-2 in the fall.
 
Week Ending 3/16
 
The EB Extreme (U16B) pulled off one of the weekend’s most thrilling wins, bouncing back from a first half deficit with three "plays-of-the-week" highlight goals -- all on crosses -- for a 3-2 victory on Saturday afternoon at Heavenly Farms.
 
EBSC’s over-40 men’s team opened its Central Jersey Friendship League season with an impressive 4-1 victory over Howell, thanks to two goals by U13 Shockers coach Lou Serra.
 
The EB Twisters (U9G) girls played extremely well last Sunday and came away with an exciting 1-0 victory over Franklin, a team they tied last season. According to coach Mik Bognar, the girls have improved tremendously from last season.
 

 

 

 

Weekend of 5/8-5/9

Go Galaxy!

The EBSC Galaxy (U14B) will compete for the US Club state championship on Saturday at Mercer County Park in West Windsor. The Galaxy, coached by Rider University assistant coach Julian Richens and Alan Pavelchak, will meet the Montclair Gauchos, the No. 1 team in the state and the No. 6 team in the country, in a 10:30 a.m. semifinal showdown at Mercer County Park’s Field #5. An upset win over Montclair would lift the Galaxy into the championship game at 3 p.m. 

Spirit reaches tourney final

The EBSC Spirit (U13G) advanced to the championship game in the YMS premier flight over Mother’s Day weekend in Makefield, PA. The Spirit got goals from Kaitlyn Roughan and Gab Sachs in the qualifing round as the team played to two 1-1 ties versus the defending champs from South Hampton (PA) and a strong Berks Rage (PA) team.In the semifinals versus PA Classics (PA) Sydney Rosa headed the ball in off a corner kick by Nicole Velez for the first goal in a 2-1 victory. Brittany Lutz scored the game winner on a golden goal in the second sudden death period. The play started with a run from the back by Sydney Rosa, who played the ball ahead to Gab Sachs. Sachs advanced the ball through the midfield and shot the ball just wide as Brittany took the ball in stride and found the back of the net to set off a celebration. In the finals the Spirit battled all the way but came up short, losing 1-0 to the Washington Pirannas. Gab Merse, Julia Simoes, Stepanie Schwailik, Vanessa Mantione, Courtney Morton, Goldy Ianosi, Katherine McCulley, Margeret Lee, Shannan McCarthy and Barbara Garretson rounded out the Spirit team that played so well this past weekend.

Hurricanes on a roll 

The EBSC Hurricanes II National team (U14B) moved up to MNJYSA flight 2 this season after winning flight 3 in the fall. They had a very tough start, losing the first 3 games, but have turned it around in recent weeks. First the boys tied Woodbridge, 1-1, and then rolled to 3 straight wins, 4-0 over both Watchung Hills and Westfield and an exciting 4-3 win over previously unbeaten West Orange this past weekend. Leading the way for the Hurricanes have been Christian, John, Tim, Alex, Robert, Jared, Brent, Andy, Luca, Ryan, Adrian, Richie S., Brandon, Luke, Bryan, Richie T., Ethan and Michael.

 

Galaxy advance to US Club Cup semifinals 

The EBSC Galaxy (U14B) advanced to the US Club Cup state semifinals for the second straight season, edging Den of Lions Samba on PKs this past Saturday in Newark. The Galaxy will now meet the Montclair Gauchos, New Jersey’s No. 1-ranked team and the No. 6 team in the country, on Saturday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. at Mercer County Park.
 
Just reaching the semis took a tremendous effort from the Galaxy in the state quarterfinals. Playing an intensely competitive game, the Galaxy went up 1-0 in the first half but surrendered a second-half goal. Two 5-minute Golden Goal overtime periods couldn’t resolve the matter, so the match went into a PK shootout. The first four players on each side made their shots, and then the fifth shot missed for both teams, ending the first phase of the shootout at 4-4. The teams then went into the second phase of the shootout, where shots are taken one at a time. Shots six and seven went in for each team. With the Samba shooting first, the Galaxy keeper made a foot save on the eighth shot, and the Galaxy put their eighth shot away for the win, starting the victory celebration.

 

 

 

 

Hurricanes II win Manalapan crown
The EBSC Hurricanes II (U14B) claimed their first-ever tournament championship in impressive style this past weekend, winning the U14 White Division of the 2010 Manalapan Soccer Club Memorial Day Tournament. 
 
The Hurricanes II got off to a solid start on Saturday with a 2-2 draw against a powerful team from Northern Valley. Later in the day the Hurricanes II defeated the Sayreville Phoenix, 4-0.  After falling behind 1-0 to the Waldwick Warriors on Sunday morning, the Hurricanes II stormed back with 4 unanswered goal for a 4-1 win and a place in the championship game against the Silver Lake Strikers from New York, winners of the other bracket.  The Hurricanes II saved their best soccer for the finals as they dominated the game with a 5-0 score, which included several spectacular goals.  Leading the way for EBSC were Christian Chlan, John Cosenza, Tim Flynn, Alex Huang, Robert Kamil, Jared Kirschenbaum, Brent Lardieri, Andy Le, Luca Loncar, Ryan O’leary, Adrian Pietrzyk, Richie Santana, Brandon Santos, Luke Smalley, Brian Temin, Richie Toth, Ethan Yaros and Sarvar Nazir.  The team is trained and coached by David Kirschenbaum, John Santos and Brad Caruso.

 

Cosmos reach Sunburst Tournament finals

The EBSC Cosmos (U11B) enjoyed a great weekend at the Sunburst Tournament in West Windsor, finishing as flight runners-up. 

The Cosmos played their first game against Spotswood, a team they had beaten 1-0 earlier in the season. But EBSC wasn’t taking any chances this time, rolling to a 3-0 halftime lead and a 6-1 win behind a hat trick from Kevin Escobar, two goals from Albert Syla and a goal by Gregory Gordon.
 
In the second game against tournament hosts WWPSA Revolution, the Cosmos’ midfield play of Matteo Tavella, Gregory Gordon, Benjamin Pergament and Brian Wilhem keyed a 4-0 victory. Dominating in the back were Ryan Rosales, Arnav Seelam, Joel Reiter and Jordan Vaspoli.
 
With the two wins the first day, confidence was very high going into the third game against  Princeton SA Blast. Kevin Escobar, with support and beautiful combinations from Albert Syla and Matteo Tavella, was able to log in another hat trick.  Ryan Brede made some great offensive plays from a sweeper position which ended in a nice goal in the second half along with another score from Albert Syla to make it 5-0. 
 
Injuries and illness slowed the Cosmos in the finals against South Brunswick, as they dropped a 2-0 decision. Jordan Vaspoli, along with goalie Lucas Ribau, played extremely well in the final.
 
The Cosmos are coached by Andy Syla, Larry Reiter & Joseph Tavella, and trained by John Santos.
 

Weekend of 5/29-5/30

The EBSC Gladiators’ (U10B) Steven Hollabaugh won 1st place in Monroe
Township’s 21st Annual Spring Kickoff Tournament Goalie Competition. Steven
had the best combined score for punting and throwing out of a field of over
20 boys.

The EBSC Revolution’s (U10G) Dayna Dobkowski won 1st place in Monroe Township’s 21st Annual Spring Kickoff Tournament Juggling Contest. Dayna owes her success to hard work and lots of practicing. Her teammates and coaches congratulate Dayna on this accomplishment.

 

Weekend of 10/9/10

EBSC Dynamo Claim Parsippany Tournament Championship 

The EBSC Dynamo (U12 Premier) displayed some of their finest all-around soccer to date en route to the championship at the recent Parsippany Tournament. The boys won three of four games, including a thrilling finale. 

The Dynamo started strong with a 3-2 win over Fort Lee. Henry started things with a goal, but Fort Lee bounced back with two goals to take a 2-1 halftime lead. In the second half, Amani placed a perfect ball right in front of the goal as Jason put a header in the net, tying the score 2-2. Shortly after, Stelly demonstrated a long throw-in, setting up Jason’s game-winning goal.
 
In the second game, the Dynamo faced a tough Wayne squad. The team went up 1-0 on a PK from Jason. Wayne tied the score, but another Jason goal put the team up 2-1. Pat pounded a free kick into the goal as the Wayne goalie could not handle it. For an encore, Pat put a nifty "no-look" shot into the net to put the team up 4-1 at the half. But Wayne played inspired soccer in the second half and came back with three unanswered goals to pull out a 4-4 tie.
 
Coaches Gary, Gumy and Pat found the right combination of strategy and motivation to lead the boys into the second day of play. Because the team tied the second game, the third game vs. North Hunterdon became a must-win in order to give the Dynamo a chance at the finals.
 
North Hunterdon got off to a quick start and took a 1-0 lead, but a Stelly throw-in set up Henry, who found the goal as he has all season. Amani then beat the opponents’ defense and took the ball all the way in and scored to put the team up 2-1. Stelly put a long hard shot on goal and Henry put the rebound in the net to put the Dynamo up 3-1. Henry then put a ball in front of the goal from deep in the corner and Jason beat the goalie for a 4-1 lead. Jason then secured the 5-1 victory with his second PK of the weekend.
 
The championship game paired the Dynamo with the Wyckoff Torpedoes, which was undefeated over the weekend and for the season. On a corner kick, Henry passed the ball back to Benny, who was on defense. Benny let loose a high, hard shot from about 30 yds, over the goalie’s head and into the upper corner. Moments later, though, Wyckoff managed to tie the score within a minute and the half ended 1-1. Stelly found Jason on a throw-in, who passed the ball to Henry who put it in the goal. Wyckoff soon tied, setting up a possible overtime. But Henry came through with the game and tournament winner just minutes before the end of regulation time, scoring off a rebound to give the Dynamo a 3-2 victory.
 
The Dynamo displayed a great team effort in the tournament, with strong goal scoring and solid midfield, defensive and goalkeeping play from Sahil, Matt T, Flynn, Chewy, Brandon, Farrell, Matt P, John, and Andrew. 
 
Team members include Amani Alexander, John Bognar, Ryan Farrell, Ryan Flynn, Jason Levine, Henry Mills-Lutterodt, Matt Mischler, Sahil Patel, Matt Pietrzyk, Patrick Pinho, Benny Rosen, Ryan Stelicos, Matthew Taffet, Brandon Withum, and Andrew Yager.  The coaches are Gary Taffet, Gumy Pinho and Pat Farrell.  The team is trained by Gerald Bustamante.

Weekend of 9/11/10

Dynamo Takes 1st Place in Piscataway Tourney
Tough weather conditions and injuries could not prevent the EBSC Dynamo (U12B) from playing its best soccer since last spring, rolling to a first-place finish in the Piscataway Tournament. The final scores were 6-0 in both games vs. Piscataway and Watchung Hills.

Playing with 12 boys and in mostly driving rain, the team exhibited superior ball movement and passing. With Chewy in goal and lockdown defense by John, Matt T, Brandon, Farrell and Flynn, the Dynamo held both opponents scoreless.
Henry had a remarkable 6 goals in total, 3 in each game. Other goals were scored by Amani, Jason, Sahil, Brandon and Pat, including a header by Pat and a free kicks by Henry and Jason. Assists were recorded by Stelly, Amani, Jason and Henry.

Weekend of 9/4-9/5

United FC Claim Elite Bracket Title at EBSC Labor Day Tournament
EBSC’s United FC (U11B) swept to the elite bracket championship at the 30th annual East Brunswick Soccer Club Labor Day Tournament.

From left to rightback row standing: RyanBrede, Luca Biagiotti, Rob Duncan, LucasRiau, Nas Zubairu, Ivan Loncar, Daniel Shaposhnikov,  Ryan McDonald  Middlerow sitting: Michael Pisco, Ola-Ayo Ogunwale, Kyle Santos,Kevin Escobar, Ryan Fedosh  Front: Jesse Perel.

United got off to a good start with a 3-0 win over the Middletown Coyotes in its first match.  The next match had all the elements for a tough challenge given that the United was playing the NJ state champs, Millburn Titans.  The game had great offensive and defensive plays from both teams early on, but Daniel Shaposhnikov broke the tension scoring twice to make it 2-0 before halftime. Millburn came back with great force and had a number of chances to score but the United defense, led by Ola-Ayo Ogunwale, Rob Duncan, Ryan Brede, Nas Zubairu and Jesse Perel, prevented any scoring.  Millburn’s best chance came when they were awarded a penalty kick, but United keeper Lucas Ribau made a stellar save which resulted in a counter attack with a long well measured pass by Kyle Santos to Ivan Loncar who beat Millburn’s defense to make it 3-0 and seal the win.  The United’s game was against Westfield Cyclones, who scored first but couldn’t stop Michael Pisco, who scored a hat trick thanks to a  tremendous support from midfielders Luca Biagiotti, Ryan McDonald and Ryan Fedosh.  Going into the final game against MAPS opponent NJ Rangers Chelsea, the United was prepared for a very difficult championship game. The United took the lead late in the first half on a goal by Kevin Escobar, thanks to a great assist by Ryan McDonald to make it 1-0 at the half.  As expected Chelsea put on the pressure but united FC responded with Kevin scoring again from a long pass to make it 2-0 twelve minutes into the second half.  From this point on it was all United FC, culminating in a number of beautiful plays and which resulted in a pass to Ivan Loncar, who put it past the goalie to make it 3-0 and set off a championship celebration.

 

 

SPRING 2011

East Brunswick Spirit U14G win the Jersey Shore Cup Top Flight

The East Brunswick Spirit U14 girls won the Jersey Shore Cup championship this weekend in Oakhurst, NJ in convincing fashion with a 4-2 victory over regionally ranked World Class FC 96.
On Saturday the Spirit defeated NJ #10 ranked Wall Magic in the opener 3-2 and a formidable Toms River Hotspurs team 7-1 in the afternoon. On Sunday the Spirit defeated Jags Elite rival Middletown Patriots 3-1 setting up a final with also unbeaten NYE #10 World Class FC.Trailing 1-0 at halftime the Spirit exploded for 4 unanswered goals in the second half before surrendering a late goal resulting in the 4-2 victory for the Spirit.
The Spirit team members are Alexandra Kalafor, Margaret Lee, Brittany Lutz, Katherine McCulley, Gabriella Merse, Emily Polinski, Samantha Potts, Sydney Rosa, Kaitlyn Roughan, Demi Rousseau, Stephanie Schwailik, Julia Simoes, Jessica Stapleton, Nicole Velez , Alyssa Kramer, Virginia Cummings and Alexis Suarez. The team is coached by Alicia Hall, Bob McCulley and Ed Simoes.

EB SPIRIT MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW BY WINNING THE JAGS TOURNAMENT

The East Brunswick Spirit U14 girls won the Jags tournament father’s day weekend defeating 2010 State cup winner Bridgewater Force in a PK shootout after regulation and 2 OT periods, 3-2. In group play the Spirit defeated Randolph Explosion 5-1, tied Wayne Power 1-1, and shut out US Club 2011 NJ cup winner Kingsway United Pride 2-0 to advance to Sunday afternoons final. The Spirit closed out the spring season winning the Manalapan Memorial day, Jersey Shore Cup, and JAGS tournaments. The Spirit finished the season on a 12 game unbeaten streak with an overall record of 18 wins, 3 draws, and 4 losses. The team is ranked #14 in the state.
The Spirit team members are Alexandra Kalafor, Margaret Lee, Brittany Lutz, Katherine McCulley, Gabriella Merse, Emily Polinski, Samantha Potts, Sydney Rosa, Kaitlyn Roughan, Demi Rousseau, Stephanie Schwailik, Julia Simoes, Jessica Stapleton, Nicole Velez, Alyssa Kramer, and Virginia Cummings. The team is coached by Alicia Hall, Bob McCulley, and Ed Simoes.

EBSC Strikers Flight Winners!

EBSC Boys U13 Strikers won their flight and advanced to the playoffs. Last Friday, they defeated North Brunswick in a nail-biting 2-1 victory. Next up, they face Livingston in the quarter finals on Monday night in Livingston. Good luck!!

EB Spirit U14 girls win Manalapan Memorial Day tournament.

The U14 Spirit won the top flight in the Manalapan Memorial Day Tournament this past weekend by defeating the Wayne Power 2-1 in a winner take all final match. Leading up to the final the Spirit had split two games on saturday, defeating the East Meadow Storm from Long Island, 1-0 , and dropping one to Arsenal 1-0.Needing to win two on sunday, the Spirit beat the Middletown Patriots, 2-1, in the morning setting up a championship match with then unbeaten Wayne.The Spirit went up 2-0 in the match before allowing a late score and then held on for an exciting 2-1 victory and the championship trophy.

The Spirit team members are Barbara Garretson,Alexandra Kalafor,Margaret Lee,Brittany Lutz,Katherine McCulley,Gabriella Merse,Emily Polinski,Samantha Potts,Sydney Rosa,Kaitlyn Roughan,Demi Rousseau,Stephanie Schwailik,Julia Simoes,Jessica Stapleton,Nicole Velez and Alyssa Kramer.The team is coached by Alicia Hall, Bob McCulley and Ed Simoes.

The Spirit are looking for a couple of dedicated field players for the U15 seasons .Players interested in elevating their level of play should contact Bob McCulley at rmmcculley@comcast.net

 

The East Brunswick United U13 Boys team win Manalapan Memorial Day Tournament

In the first game EB United played against home team Manalapan Celtics winning 6 to 0. The 2nd game was another convincing victory against Northern Valley - Loudon (6 to 0). In the 3rd game however EB United played a difficult game against Yonkers Cheetahs winning 2 to 1, securing a place in the finals against local rival Marlboro Blue Thunder. In a very close and nail biting game EB United secured a 2nd trounament trophy this Spring with a 1 to 0 win.

 
Congratulations to EB United players: Denis Kotenko, Philip Ripp, Keysean Brant, Tom Morin, Luke Roche, Jeremy Mamen, Mohamed Fquihi, Alex Mora, Phil Ogalo, Robert Ciuraru, Kyle DeGraff, John Boztepe, Russel Kevin, Zach Kirschenbaum, AJ Mandel, Marco Loncar, and visiting player Matt Taffet. EB United is coached by Ilir Shehaj, Kevin Roche and Serge Loncar.

 

 

 

On Saturday the Spirit defeated NJ #10 ranked Wall Magic in the opener 3-2 and a formidable Toms River Hotspurs team 7-1 in the afternoon. On Sunday the Spirit defeated Jags Elite rival Middletown Patriots 3-1 setting up a final with also unbeaten NYE #10 World Class FC.Trailing 1-0 at halftime the Spirit exploded for 4 unanswered goals in the second half before surrendering a late goal resulting in the 4-2 victory for the Spirit.
The Spirit team members are Alexandra Kalafor, Margaret Lee, Brittany Lutz, Katherine McCulley, Gabriella Merse, Emily Polinski, Samantha Potts, Sydney Rosa, Kaitlyn Roughan, Demi Rousseau, Stephanie Schwailik, Julia Simoes, Jessica Stapleton, Nicole Velez , Alyssa Kramer, Virginia Cummings and Alexis Suarez. The team is coached by Alicia Hall, Bob McCulley and Ed Simoes.

 

Weekend of 4/16-4/17

 

EB Gladiators U11 Boys win Monroe Spring Kickoff 2011
In the first game against the Sayreville Eagles, the Gladiators came out fast and hard, scoring 2 quick goals by forwards Tyler Devaney and Chase Van Dusen. Dominating possession, they went into halftime with a 3-0 lead, after their center-mid Jagath Ranaweera scored a goal. In the second half, Tyler, playing center mid, scored on a header, giving the Gladiators a commanding 4-0 lead. Sayreville scored on a PK to make it 4-1 but the Gladiator mids and forwards kept possession of the ball on the opponent’s end of the pitch and closed out the game.
 
Next they faced the Livingston Locomotion, who had beaten them 4-1 in a regular season game in the fall. Once again the Gladiators came out strong and dominated possession. With suffocating defense from the back line of Bradley Susskind, Joe Sampson, Matt Riemann, Shane McMahon, Lucas Espada and keeper Ayyan Rahman and crisp passes and controlled possession from mids and forwards of Andrew Oross, Bobby McCulley, Zach Solomon, John Dallagnese, Chase Van Dusen, Anthony Kowal, Tyler DeVaney, Nick Riggio and Jagath Ranaweera, the Gladiators controlled the game. Nick Riggio scored a goal in the second half, putting EB up 1-0. The team was feeling confident, but with less than 5 minutes remaining in the game, Livingston scored a goal. The game ended in a 1-1 tie, forcing a PK shootout.
 
After Livingston’s first player scored, Matt Riemann tied it at 1 apiece. EB keeper, Ayyan stopped Livingston’s second player, but Tyler was stopped by their keeper as well. Livingston’s 3rd player missed the next kick as did Jagath for EB. Their 4th player made his chance putting them up 2-1. EB’s Ayyan then kicked before the referee blew his whistle. He missed the kick but the kick was disallowed. Luckily Ayyan knocked in his second attempt. That tied the score at 2-2. They went up 3-2 on their last kicker’s attempt. Down a goal with one kicker left, our last kicker John Dallagnese nailed the goal to tie it at 3 apiece, forcing a second round of PKs.
 
With every remaining kicker, the team huddled, arm over arm, supporting each other.  Livingston’s first kicker sent one right at EB’s keeper as did the Gladiator’s first kicker, Shane McMahon. Tension mounted.  Livingston’s second kicker missed wide and so did Nick Riggio. At this point, there had to be close to 100 people watching.  Livingston sent up their 3rd kicker who proceeded to kick right at EB’s keeper.  The Galdiator’s 3rd kicker, Anthony Kowal went up, slowly placed the ball down and waited for the whistle.  The whistle blew and he made his approach to the ball.  With head down and his right foot swinging through the ball, he hit it into the left corner capping the victory for East Brunswick.
 
Congratulations Gladiators!
 
 

EB Spirit U14 girls, Finalists at the PDA Spring Kickoff this weekend.

The Spirit went undefeated this weekend in group play defeating PA east #8 ranked Vincent Utd, 2-1, Connecticut #12 ranked CFC Gunners,2-1, and PA west #7 ranked Century Utd, 2-1 before falling to New Jersey’s #6 Washington Piranna’s 2-1 in a hard fought contest Sunday afternoon in Zarapath ,NJ.
 
The Spirit are presently ranked #20 in New Jersey and play in the Elite division of JAGS.
Spirit players are Barbara Garretson, Alex Kalafor, Margaret Lee, Brittany Lutz, Katherine McCulley, Gabriella Merse, Emily Polinski, Samantha Potts, Sydney Rosa, Demi Rousseau, Kaitlyn Roughan, Stephanie Schwailik, Julia Simoes, Jessica Stapleton, and Nicole Velez. Alicia Hall, Bob McCulley and Ed Simoes are the coaches.
 
The Spirit are looking to expand the roster for the present and future seasons. Interested players should contact Bob McCulley at rmmcculley@comcast.net to schedule a tryout.

EB United U13 Boys Win PDA SPRING KICKOFF 2011!

In the first game EB United played against Hartwell Connecticut and won. Then EB United won 4-1 against PDA South in their 2nd game and also won their 3rd game against West Windsor 2-0. Having won the group EB United placed to play Trumbull Connecticut in the finals.

The final game started with a goal in the first minute of the game for EB United and by the end of the first half their lead was extended to 3-1. In the 2nd half Trumbull came out determined and scored 2 more goals (2 from penalties) to tie it up. However the EB United stayed strongest scoring the game’s final 2 goals to complete a 5 to 3 victory and the championship!
 
EBSC congratulates the whole team for a great performance. EB United’s coaching staff wants to send a special thank you to Robert Ciuraru for his MVP-like performance in shutting down Trumbull’s most dangerous player!
 
EB United Players are: Denis Kotenko, Philip Ripp, Keysean Brant, Tom Morin, Luke Roche, Jeremy Mammen, Mohamed Fquihi, Alex Mora, Phil Ogalo, Robert Ciuraru, Kyle DeGraff, John Boztepe, Russel Kevin, Zach Kirschenbaum, AJ Mandel, and Marco Loncar. EB United is coached by Ilir Shehaj, Kevin Roche, and Serge Loncar.

 


  © Copyright 2016 East Brunswick Soccer Club. All rights reserved.
  © Copyright 2016 Demosphere International, Inc. All rights reserved.