As the calendar changes to October, one thing remains clear: the Greater Middlesex Conference’s Red Division remains as competitive as ever. East Brunswick, one of the conference’s two remaining unbeatens, sits atop the division standings, with serious contenders like Old Bridge, Monroe and South Brunswick lurking.
The Bears (8-0-1) have impressive non-division, road victories over Hun, Peddie and Randolph to go along with an unblemished conference record in the season’s first month. East Brunswick has seen 10 different players record at least one point so far this season, with senior Ellie DiLiberto and junior Sydney Rosa leading the way. DiLiberto leads the team with eight goals and Rosa has scored seven, while Kaitlin Roughan has three goals and four assists. But the most impressive part of East Brunswick’s success this season is that they’ve allowed just five goals in their nine contests, having pitched four shutouts, including two in a row.
One of East Brunswick’s divisional victories came on the road against a supremely talented Old Bridge squad on Sept. 26. But as of Tuesday, that is the lone loss for the Knights in 2013. Old Bridge won their first four games of the year, allowing just two goals in the process, including a 1-0 shutout over Bishop Ahr in their season opener, before the loss against East Brunswick. Alexis Suarez’s seven goals lead the team while Lauren Coletti has a pair of goals to go along with six assists in the season’s first month.
Monroe, the only squad to hang with East Brunswick for an entire match, has put together a nice resume inside the division so far, winning three of their six contests. Included in that run is a 1-1 tie against the Bears on Sept. 19, when Taylor Evanchik tied the game with less than five minutes remaining. Evanchik leads the Falcons with seven goals and two assists.
South Brunswick, a team on the rise, is starting to get hot at the right time. But, the Vikings have a tough week ahead of them, with a pair of road tests inside in the division against Woodbridge and Piscataway. Working in South Brunswick’s favor is the fact that they’ve beaten both of those schools already this season, taking down Woodbridge 4-1 and Piscataway 4-2. Both Brielle Errico and Julianna Franco have scored four goals for the Vikings in 2013 and they’re getting help from Cagnie Antczak (two goals, three assists).
Walking for their coach
This past Saturday, the South Plainfield soccer program walked as one in Jones Beach, NY to support their head coach, Danielle Chiera in the 5th annual Brain Aneurysm Walk for Awareness.
Chiera, who suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm six years ago that required multiple surgeries and procedures, stands today without any physical or mental disabilities after her terrible episode at the age of 23. The members of both the varsity and junior varsity squads all donated money to the cause and walked alongside their coach to lend support and raise awareness.