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Boca U23 signs Niziolek; unbeaten in 10 games – Asbury Park Press
July 15, 2006

Boca U23 signs Niziolek; unbeaten in 10 games

Published in the Asbury Park Press

The Jersey Shore Boca U23 men’s soccer team has signed Seton Hall University senior defender Teddy Niziolek for the second half of the Mid-Atlantic Summer Showcase (MSSL) season.

Niziolek had a break-out season in 2005 playing in all 20 games while starting 19 and helping the Pirates advance to the second round of the NCAA Division I men’s soccer tournament. He has started in 60 out of 61 games in his college career.

The 6-2 Niziolek scored career highs in goals (2), assists (5) and points (9) last year and earned second-team Big East. Niziolek also earned five caps making one start with the United States U20 National Team in 2005.

Niziolek joins fellow Seton Hall teammate Justin McGrath of Brick on the Boca U23 team as well as Big East foes goalkeeper Chris Konopka (Toms River) of Providence College and defenders Andrew Hawtin (Toms River) and Tyler Stoviak (Malvern, Pa.), both from Syracuse University.

Konopka and Niziolek also were teammates on the US Soccer U19 Regional Team, which competed in France and Belgium in 2004. They were teammates on the Jersey Falcons of the USL’s Premiere Development League.

The Jersey Shore Boca U23 is coached by Walt Konopka and Steve Ruch, both of Toms River.

Other members of the team from the Jersey Shore include: Dan Bautista of Howell, Connor Bryant of Tinton Falls, Pat Bulvanoski of Oceanport, Sean Cahill of the Whiting section of Manchester, Jon Curry-Edwards of Spring Lake Heights, Andy Fraggos of Marlboro, Justin Fuccello of Brick, George Gkionis of Jackson, Andrew Hawtin of Toms River, Dan Haydu of Monmouth University out of Toms River, Curist Joseph of Ocean County College out of Lakewood, Mike Juska of Wall, Jason Mancuso of Toms River, Andrew Perez of Brick, Cody Peters of Lakehurst, Christian Pontier of the Forked River section of Lacey and Mark Schmiegel of Toms River.

The U23 team improved its Mid-Atlantic Summer Showcase League unbeaten streak to 10 games on Sunday by defeating the Timberbirch Athletic Association, 5-2, and Milmay FC from South Jersey, 2-1, at the Doughboy Loop Fields at Ft. Dix.

The team is 9-0-1 in league play and remain in first place of the MSSL U23 men’s standings for the fifth consecutive week.

Scoring in the first game were Bucknell University sophomore Mark Schmiegel of Toms River, Towson University junior Andy Fraggos of Marlboro, Syracuse University senior Andrew Hawtin of Toms River and Jason Mancuso of Brick scored twice.

In the second game, Mancuso again scored two goals. He leads Boca in overall scoring with eight goals and six assists followed by Fraggos with five goals, including two-game winners.

Saturday and Sunday, Boca travels to Horsham, Pa., to compete against 15 other top U23 teams in the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) Regional U23 Championship Tournament at the Ukrainian National Sports Center.

The winner of the USASA Regional U23 Championship will advance to the USASA U23 National Championship at Frisco, Texas, Aug. 4-6.

Published in the Asbury Park Press
July 15, 2006