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Boca Begins and Off to England – Ocean County Observer
June 13, 2007

Local Notes – Sports
Ocean County Observer
June 13, 2007

Boca Begins

The Jersey Shore Boca summer program got off to a strong start at the John Patrick Sports Complex, Lakewood.

The men’s under 23 side tied defending MSSL Cup champion West Chester United (Pa.), 2-2, in their first game and bested Greater Valley United (Pa.), 4-1, in the nightcap.

The Boca under 23 women bested the Hackettstown Soccer Club, 6-0, in their opener and lost, 2-1, to the New Jersey Wildcats of Princeton.

Against West Chester, Boca’s Mark Schmiegel, formerly of Toms River North, fed Bob Wynn, a Toms River East graduate, for the first goal of the match. West Chester bounced back with two goals for a 2-1 halftime lead.

Midway through the second half, Boca’s Jeremy Zahn of Manchester scored off a Schmiegel assist to tie the match at two. Boca’s keeper was Jon Curry-Edwards of Spring Lake Heights.

In the second match, Zahn fed the ball to former Toms River North player Butch Huff, who scored on a header from 10 yards. Boca also received goals from Andrew Finger, Schmiegel and Jason Mancuso, an ex-North player who will compete for York College of Pennsylvania in the fall with one year of NCAA eligibility remaining.

The winning keeper was Bret Alexrod.

On the women’s side, Boca won its first game in history on two goals from former Lakewood player Erin Cunliffe and single scores from Nicole Tatulli (Brick), Erica Kapps (Jackson), Katie Bubins and Emily Wagner (Brick).

Georgian Court University’s Megan Kielt (Brick) assisted on three goals. Brittany Heller, Alley Abate and Kapps each had one assist. Wagner and Leah Sachs teamed for the shutout.

Meanwhile, Boca trailed the Wildcats, 1-0, at halftime. Cunliffe fed Tanya DiDonna to tie the match at one. The Wildcats netted the match-winner with five minutes remaining in regulation.

The Boca summer program is sponsored by Surf Taco, a Mexican themed restaurant with six locations at the Jersey Shore.

Off to England

A total of 24 local soccer players will travel to England in August to play against Welsh and English teams on a 10-day trip under the direction of Guy Lockwood, their trainer and head coach.

The players will represent Lockwood’s Jersey Shore BOCA Alliance team and the Toms River Youth Soccer Club’s Red Bulls, coached by Donny Sanders.

The boys will play against English teams in Liverpool, Manchester and London. They will play a couple of matches in Wales. The boys will visit historical and cultural sites.

The Jersey Shore BOCA England Tour Golf Outing will take place June 4 at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club. It’s the final fund-raiser for the trip. Members of the New York Red Bulls professional team will participate. Sponsors and golfers are needed.

Local Notes – Sports
Ocean County Observer
June 13, 2007