Raider Footballers Looking For Some Senior Leadership Soccer

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The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains – Fanwood TIMES
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Raider Footballers Looking
For Some Senior Leadership
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times
SENIOR STARTERS & GOALIE…Cougar starters, pictured, left to right, are: seniors Erik Monteagudo and Moises
Phillipborn, junior goalie Dom Meliado, and seniors Albert Gargiulo and Anthony Maglino. Missing Mark Christiano.
Soccer Cougars Plan to Use
All ‘Gas in Tank’ for Success
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Growing pains and a key injury
hampered last year’s Cranford High
School boys soccer team, but this
season the Cougar boys have some
good depth and speed and plan to use
all the gas in their tank.
“A growing season is a nice way to
put it for how we preformed last year.
Certainly, we did have some injuries
and we had a mix of levels with
several making their debut at the varsity level,” said Cougar Head Coach
Greg Campbell, who added, “We were
disappointed in our development in
the way that we implemented some
of our tactical work, so it’s really
been one of our main points of focus
this season. We have a mix of age
groups, and I really try to work guys
I felt I could coach and mold into the
system. So far, in our first couple of
scrimmages, that’s worked to a great
Most of the Cougars’ experience is
in the midfield with the return of
senior Anthony Maglino, who was
injured all last year, and seniors Mark
Christiano and Moises Phillipsborn,
along with junior Mike Smith. Junior
Dominic Meliado won the starting
goalie spot last year, so Coach
Campbell has a lot of confidence in
his abilities.
“I am excited that we have one of
our top seniors back, Anthony
Maglino, one who missed last year
with a concussion. Our starting keeper
has another year of experience. I think
he is really going to be solid back
there for us,” he said.
Junior Jakub Iwaniuk will be in the
attacking front, along with seniors
Nick Hughes and Kevin Roman, who
are in the mix. The defense consists
of seniors Erik Monteagudo, who was
sweeper last year, and Albert
Gargiulo, and juniors Garrett Forrestal
and Ryan Donovan. Other midfielders
in the mix are sophomores Trey
Pasqual, Addison Chang and Matt
This year, the Union County Conference has been divided into four
divisions and the Cougars will be in
the Mountain Division.
“I think our match-up in terms of
division realignment in the county is
Senior leadership is what the Scotch
Plains-Fanwood High School football team coaches expect this season
after competing with more juniors
and sophomores on the varsity lineup
than seniors last year. But this year’s
schedule will present quite a challenge to this more experienced squad.
“This is a much older team. We see
some senior leadership. Last year, we
had about seven seniors. This year,
we have 20 seniors and 12 of them
start. Last year, we had more sophomores starting than seniors. They went
from freshmen right to varsity. That’s
tough! We have a very tough schedule. There is not an easy game on our
schedule. They are well aware of
what’s in front of them,” Raider Head
Coach Jon Stack said.
With the addition SPF graduate
Mike Alleman, a former football
standout and shot put champion, the
Raiders seemed to have gotten very
serious in the weight room.
“Beginning last spring, we got the
kids into the weight room. That’s
something we got the kids recommitted to. We saw that weight training
really paid off for the track team. Our
football team, our sprinters, Emendo,
Kobe, Merlin, Andrew Ciccarino. This
is as strong of a team we’ve had since
2007. Mike Alleman is one of our
coaches and he’s been working our
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kids. Their commitment in the weight
room paid off, and we saw that commitment carry over into the summer,
as well as now,” Coach Stack said.
The Raiders expect to have an effective defensive backfield with senior corners Andrew Ciccarino and
Merlin Edmonds, and senior safeties
Jordan Jones and Emendo Thomas.
Senior Mike Daszyk and junior Jaylen
Bryant will be the defensive ends and
senior Pierce Johnston and junior Jason Wendell will be the tackles. Senior Kevin Maxwell, who led the
team last year with 97 tackles, and
junior Giancarlo Lorusso are the
middle linebackers, while seniors
Kobe White and Eric Manfra are the
outside linebackers.
“Defending the run, I think we
look really good. Our linebackers play
very well. Our pass defense had some
holes in it at times, but I do think that
with the speed we have with our track
guys, we will be able to play good
defense. Our line has gotten stronger.
I think they can hold up against a
bigger offensive line,” Coach Stack
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“We have to remain injury free.
The competition is always going to
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New Jersey is a really tough state.
You can’t let your guard down,” Coach
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