By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr
Monmouth Regional High School boys soccer team hosted the Rockets of Raritan last week for a night game. It was not held on the campus of the Golden Falcons, but instead at the Sycamore Fields in Tinton Falls which has lights.
Leading the Flacons to victory was Bobby Riordan, senior midfielder, who is also one of the team’s tri-captains; he scored two of the teams three goals. The other goal was kicked in by senior. Christian Micculli,
Assisting on two goals was Ross Spadavechia, senior forward. Joel Bugos, sophomore midfielder/forward, assisted on the other score.
The Falcons should have had a 5-0 lead in the first half; however they missed a few easy open shots. The balls either just went wide or over the top of the net. Monmouth was very aggressive in their offensive attack, making crisp passes and pressuring the Rockets defense.
Defensively for Monmouth Regional Austin DeOrio, another of the Falcons senior captains was instrumental in talking and directing his teammates keeping the ball mostly in the Raritan side of the field.
The other tri-captain for Monmouth Regional is midfielder Evan Koslowski. The rest of the Falcon roster include Chris Anfuso, Iasiah Brinson, Fabian Burgos, Erik Caban, Chase Clementson, Ryan Dibella, Anthony Escalona, Tyler Flynn, Alder Koswlowski, Nico Ludden, Matt Migliazza, Sean McClunn, Sean O’Brien, Colin O’Brien, Patrick Riordan, Kevin Ross, Gianni Schiano, Andrew Wallace, Brian Waltsak, and Jeff Wolff.
Coaching the Falcons is Darren Spadavechia, who is assisted by Paul Cirvello, Andy Chiappowski, and Kevin McDonald.
Both schools play in the Shore Conference Class A Central division. As of press time the Falcons have a 7-5 overall record and are 4-4 in division play. They have scored 30 goals and allowed 20. Out of the seven teams in the division the Falcons are currently in third place with Rumson-Fair Haven on top and Manasquan in second.
Raritan has a 3-5-3 overall record and are 1-4-3 in Class A Central games. The Rockets have scored 13 goals and allowed 19 and are in second to last place in the division.