SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School boys varsity soccer team claimed their first Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division championship last fall with a 13-6 overall record. However, two of their leading scorers graduated in June, leaving the door open for seasoned players as well as a handful of newcomers.
Nick Moran netted 34 goals for the Chargers in 2016 and was all-GMC for his stellar season while Matteo Tavella scored 14 goals, including the one that sealed the Blue Division title in overtime against South River High School. The team also lost Colin Barlow to graduation. Barlow was named to the all-Blue Division team at the conclusion of the fall soccer season.
Moran will be taking his soccer skills to Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey where he will play forward for the Lions' varsity.
Even with the losses to graduation, the Chargers still have a core group of experienced players remaining, including Andrew Oross, Jon Vizzi, Danny Peabody, Brandon Rubin, Chris Mathew, Matt Evanego, Jordan Church, Chris Moran and Andrew Bishara.
Vizzi, Oross and Peabody will serve as captains for the Chargers squad. Oross played a big part in the Charger scoring last season as well, earning 11 assists.
"A lot of scoring graduated from the reigning Blue Division champions," Jeff Marvinny said. "The attack is young and creative, but will need to finish chances to gives us a chance to contend in the division. We will be experienced in defense and goal."
Marvinny has been behind the bench for the boys varsity soccer team for the past fifteen seasons. The math teacher has 138-126-10 record as the head coach.
Both goalkeepers have a year full of experience in the net for Spotswood. Evanego, who is a senior, shared the net-minding duties with Bishara all last season. Bishara cracked the varsity lineup in 2016 as a freshmen.
Marvinny is adding in a group of key newcomers to his core veterans, giving the team a lot of depth. This group includes freshmen Liam Barlow and Luke Tharney, sopomores Yanni Hatzistefanis and Brian Lumsden, juniors Skylar Malone, Edozie Okafor and Sean Duffy as well as seniors Vinnie Guardiola, Matt Chludzinski and Mike Kacmarski.
The Chargers will hit the field for their season opener today at 4 p.m. against South Amboy High School at the Spotswood High School Varsity Soccer Field. They will then travel to Metuchen High School on Thursday, September 7 to take on the Bulldogs.
School officially opens in the Spotswood School District for students on September 7.