Barnegat Seniors Pursue Breakthrough Season in Girls Soccer


DOWNFIELD Hurry: Senior Jill Jankowski will set a school file if she nets 13 extra ambitions this autumn. (File Image David Biggy)
Most of the Barnegat Substantial School sports activities teams set to compete this drop are enduring rebuilding seasons. The exception is the Bengals’ ladies soccer squad.
Soon after many years of constructing a sound foundation all over quite a few proficient players, mentor Rick Blasi’s crew may well have the breakout season he probably envisioned many many years back.
“We have a younger group of ladies that are searching to create on some of their accomplishment from previous year,” reported Blasi, whose Bengals finished 9-10 final slide and graduated only a pair of seniors. “We have gifted upperclassmen who will generate this crew and put together the underclassmen for future good results.”
Unfortunately, the youthful Bengals won’t have a lot of time to contend together with the gifted seniors this tumble, but the possible for a winning record is there. It all begins with speedy senior forward Jill Jankowski, who scored 10 targets and gave out nine assists past 12 months and is 13 goals from the program report. If the Bengals can get the job done to get Jankowski the ball up entrance, excellent points are certain to occur.
Partnering in seeking to get Jankowski the ball will be returning senior midfielders Erin Breyta and Ashley Pringle, alongside with junior midfielder Isabel Guido and sophomore midfielder Briana Matos – a quartet that mixed for 11 targets and 7 helps. Adding depth to the midfield all over again this season will be sophomores Mya Gomez and Delaney Dobbin.
In the backfield, senior Hayley Jankowski is the chief of the crew, and she yet again will be joined by defenders who have been thrown into the varsity fireplace as freshmen a 12 months back and really should be considerably improved: sophomores Adrianna Kappmeier and Maya McBee. Sophomore goalkeeper Angelica Laudati, who created 114 saves past season, also is back again in the lineup.
Blasi expects freshmen Victoria Briganti, Kassandra Doty, Jasmine Rodriguez and Sophie Vallderruten will be significant contributors as perfectly.
The Bengals begin their time at home from Shore Convention Class B South rival Jackson Liberty on Oct. 2, in advance of touring to take a look at the Lions the following working day.
Boys Soccer Squad
Faces Some Obstacles

Barnegat boys soccer senior Kenneth Franke. (File Picture David Biggy)
It’s tough to gauge how the boys soccer squad may perhaps fare. Initial, the great news. The Bengals are bringing again a lot of gamers from past year’s squad. The caveat: most of them ended up not starters and saw limited time at the varsity stage.
“After bidding farewell to 12 seniors, we glimpse to observe the team’s most effective time in faculty record with a young and aggressive team,” explained coach Kevin Peters, whose crew completed 11-7-1 last slide. “We return two potent defenders and knowledge in both of those the midfield and up prime that must make us competitive with our B South opponents.”
Leading the cost from the back again will be senior Kenneth Franke and sophomore Matt Cheney, though sophomore Jesse Hedlund, who buried six ambitions very last season, will give sparks as a forward or further attacking midfielder. Senior midfielder Connor Costello also provides some practical experience the Bengals will need all through the forthcoming shortened season.
Past that, Barnegat will demand inexperienced varsity players to make big impacts straight away if it ideas to have a successful year. Among the new crew are seniors Kester Mbah (defense), Tyler Quinn (protection/midfield), Edgar Santiago (midfield), Maurice Vargas (forward) and Kyle Agudo (protection), juniors Marco Amato (defense), Darren Cernansky (defense/midfield), Schuyler Jodice (midfield/forward), Jay Cernansky (defense), Hudson Morici (midfield) and Pavan Patel (midfield), and sophomore Lucas Holland (goalkeeper).
Barnegat begins its period on the road at Jackson Liberty Oct. 2, then satisfies up with the Lions at home the future day.
Cross-Nation Teams
Hope to Stay Wholesome

It’s often a very good matter when an skilled runner can guide a cross-state crew. The good news is, the Barnegat boys are in terrific shape with their guide guy, senior Peter Dizon, who not only placed amongst the top 40 in final year’s NJSIAA South Jersey Team II meet, but then went on to have a genuinely excellent winter season keep track of period.
The challenge for the Bengals is they graduated 6 runners from very last year’s stable squad, and they are heading to need to have young runners to decide up the slack this slide. Amongst them will be juniors Paul D’Aloia, who was 78th in Ocean County a 12 months in the past, and Emanuel Valles, who finished up 83rd in South Jersey Group II, as properly as sophomore Sean Haggerty, who swiped the 70th spot in the area very last slide.
Incorporating to the Bengals’ depth in the course of this year’s shortened period will be junior Philip LoPiccolo, sophomores Devon Faulds, Drew McKeon and Ryan Grant, and freshman Seth Nicolay.
“The intention is to keep everyone healthy and robust so they can run their best,” said mentor Keith Stokes.
That, much too, may be the mantra for ladies coach Bob Klaslo. Not only has he missing his best runner of the earlier two seasons, Lillian Sarno, when she transferred to nearby Pinelands Regional, but the Bengals’ subsequent-greatest runner of the previous two several years, Bianca Savoy, also did not return to the crew.
However, Barnegat has a first rate variety of runners and a senior, Jadelyn Rodriguez, to help direct the way. She was 57th in the county and 43rd in South Jersey Team II a 12 months back. Behind Rodriguez will be sophomores Summertime Perry, 60th in the county very last fall Savia Singh and Caitlin Tai, who ended up 45th in the portion a yr back. The newcomers to the squad are sophomore Meghan Cheney and freshmen Madison Connors and Mina Griffin.
Barnegat industry hockey senior Alexis Osborn. (File Photo David Biggy)
“This period, the returning runners and incoming runners glimpse to be a tight team,” Klaslo claimed. “They have been functioning near collectively in observe and are keen to contend.”
Discipline Hockey Squad
Requirements Intention Scorers

Replacing aims to the tune of 68 % of the prior season’s offense is not heading to be an straightforward matter, primarily when two players tallied a vast the greater part of them. But that is the problem the industry hockey squad faces for this drop, after Jaime DiStefano’s bunch graduated a enormous portion of previous year’s history-breaking group.
“For this season, we are seeking to rebuild due to the fact we graduated 11 seniors, seven of them starters,” stated DiStefano, whose Bengals went 16-5-1 a yr in the past. “We are a really young team and are utilizing this season to acclimate some underclassmen to varsity industry hockey. We also just got turf, so we’re acquiring used to playing on that surface area instead than grass. Total, this year is a calendar year of development and mastering, and it will advantage us in the several years to appear.”
Regardless of the rebuilding, the Bengals aren’t in terrible form, significantly on protection, exactly where seniors Alexis Osborn and Alexis Jackson – both equally of whom were stellar throughout final season’s magnificent marketing campaign – will be patrolling the turf. However, the Bengals will need to have a new goaltender next the graduation of standout Patricia Tanola.
But the more substantial question, definitely, is wherever the offense will occur from. For that, Barnegat will appear to senior forward Haleigh Denglar, who experienced 4 goals and five helps a 12 months back junior midfielder Julianna Cannizzaro (nine objectives, nine helps) sophomore forward Camryn White and sophomore midfielder Tolerance Mares. DiStefano also hopes newcomers Alyson Sojak and Madison Jackson, each freshmen who can enjoy midfield or ahead positions, will make an impact this tumble.
The Bengals have a challenging assignment on the road versus division rival Pinelands to start the year on Oct. 2, right before taking on the Wildcats on their new property turf Oct. 3.
Rebuilding Period
For Girls Tennis Workforce

At times the graduation cycle really hammers a workforce. Count the girls tennis crew as a person that desires to uncover pretty much an fully new established of varsity starters this slide.
“Our season is a rebuilding one, as we graduated most of the commencing lineup from past year,” stated longtime coach Sue Rogers, whose Bengals ended up 14-10 a yr in the past. “As the coach, I’m hoping for results on the court docket and off the court docket this period. We’re taking factors 1 day at a time.”
Foremost the way towards potential good results is senior initial-singles player Paige Menegus, previous year’s 3rd-singles player and senior second-singles player Ava Baker, one particular of the team’s doubles gamers final time. Driving them, everybody’s new to the varsity degree, including junior Kira Pokluda, who will be at third singles this slide, and classmates Shannon Harrington and Maura Glines, who will staff up at initially doubles, as properly as sophomore second-doubles tandem Talia Fraser and Isabella Lobo.
The Bengals started out the new season on Tuesday, Sept. 29, and Wednesday, Sept. 30, towards Course B South foe Jackson Liberty.
Gridiron Crew
Faces Troubles

Following graduating just about two complete squads’ well worth of seniors next past year’s 5-4 year, the football group has a handful of difficulties to triumph over this drop. Inexperience in numerous positions might be the greatest.
However, even soon after graduating numerous from the offensive line, the Bengals may well not be in negative condition contemplating the working experience they will have in the backfield, namely senior Matt Xiques, past year’s backup quarterback, who possible will get the nod to operate the offense this season and senior running back Nik Dileo, who ran for 361 yards and four touchdowns immediately after missing the initial month adhering to his transfer from Pinelands.
If the Bengals can transfer the ball continually and muster some factors, the problem then gets to be how several points can the protection maintain off the scoreboard. Dileo and senior John Porcelli, who experienced 10 tackles very last yr, will be amid the linebackers attempting to handle the center, whilst senior Robert Armstrong, liable for 15 tackles a year ago, could be a major factor in containing things together the defensive line.
Barnegat will visit Pinelands at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 to start off the year.
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