Page 14 The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains – Fanwood TIMES Thursday, September 4, 2014 A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION ‘KOBE, EMENDO, MERLIN, JORDAN’ PROVIDE SPEED Raider Footballers Looking For Some Senior Leadership By DAVID B. CORBIN 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. MAGLINO, CHRISTIANO, MELIADO STRONG IMPACT Soccer Cougars Plan to Use All ‘Gas in Tank’ for Success By DAVID B. CORBIN Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times 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 effect. 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 Perino. 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 Weichert Probitas Verus Honos Reading is Good For You goleader.com/subscribe CONTINUED ON PAGE 17 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 said. Lillian Baths. There is a FLR and FDR with HWF. The EIK has maple cabinetry Zenarosa with granite countertops and sliders to the backyard deck. The spacious FR has a WBF, wood floor and sliders to the patio. All the BR on the 2nd level have HWF and double closets. CAC, 2 car att gar, new furnace. 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