NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School Boys Soccer team is looking forward to the 2017-2018 season to defend their North Jersey Group II Sectional Championship title, despite losing eight key players from last year.

“At Newton High School, all members of our program learn to ‘play to a standard’," Head Varsity Coach, Brian Martin said. “We have a long, proud soccer tradition that all players and coaches embrace. Through hard work, dedication and a willingness to compete, we will strive to improve on a daily basis. We have tremendous depth this season and will look to build and improve throughout the year.”

Martin is in his fifth year of coaching the Varsity soccer team at Newton High School and has an overall record of 66-19-7 with the team.

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Last year, the boys’ team ended the season with a record of 19-4-0, a title of Champion in the North Jersey Group II Section and went all the way to the Group II state final, before losing an extremely tough played game 1-0 against Bernards High School.

The team lost eight of its starting players from last year including the following:

  • Cameron Saks, Center Back
  • Patrick Bresney, Midfield (who is playing college soccer for Susquehanna University)
  • Sam Miller, Goalie
  • Sean Coiro, Defender
  • Johnny Costa, Midfield
  • Jefferson Argandona-Mecias, Midfield/Forward (who is playing for Sussex County Community College)
  • Jake Deluca, Forward
  • Nick Daschko, Midfield/Forward (who is playing college soccer for Alvernia University)

Although the team lost eight key players, they also have eight returning starters this year, which include the following:

  • Kevin Ayoso 11th Grade Forward
  • David Crowley 11th Grade Forward
  • Omar Ba 12th Grade, Defender
  • Christian Hastie 10th Grade, Forward
  • Tommy Hermann 12th Grade Forward
  • Richie Reczka 12th Grade, Midfield (who was named All Herald Second Team)
  • Edward Lynch 12th Grade, Forward (who was named All Herald First Team, First team NJAC, and Second Team Group II)
  • Liam Kerrick 12th Grade, Defender

“We have developed a significant amount of depth at Newton High School, making it difficult to list all newcomers who will make an impact at the varsity level”, said Martin. “I have been thrilled with the effort of all players thus far, and I am excited to watch players continue to improve and mature. Our team-first attitude will provide many players with an opportunity to compete throughout the season.”

The team lost eight of its starting players from last year including the following:

  • Cameron Saks, Center Back
  • Patrick Bresney, Midfield (who is playing college soccer for Susquehanna University)
  • Sam Miller, Goalie
  • Sean Coiro, Defender
  • Johnny Costa, Midfield
  • Jefferson Argandona-Mecias, Midfield/Forward (who is playing for Sussex County Community College)
  • Jake Deluca, Forward
  • Nick Daschko, Midfield/Forward (who is playing college soccer for Alvernia University)

The Newton High School Boys Soccer Team will take on Wallkill Valley away in the first game of the season on Thursday, September 7 at 4 p.m.