Coach: Bill Rose
2012 record: 19-3-1
Players to watch: The Braves are co-captained by their two strongest players, senior back Sean Manganelli and senior center-back Jon Cobb. Manganelli is an all-around solid player and on-field leader while Cobb controls the middle of the field for Absegami. Osbert Guzman, a junior striker, will be the Braves’ top scoring threat.
Coach’s comments: “The main thing for us is inexperience. We have some kids who can play though so I think we’ll be OK.”
Coach: Maurice Lozzi
2012 record: 10-8-1
Players to watch: The Vikings will be led by captains Kevin Alberto and Evan Stoltzfus. Other players to watch include midfield forwards Derek Amoako, Edras Palma, Eduin Velencia, Allan Murillo, Suranjit Mohajan, and defender Anik Chowdhury.
Coach’s comments: “The one thing about the team this year is we have depth and I think that’s going to be our strength, not just in games but in practice with each other. Because we have depth almost every day they’re being challenged.”
Egg Harbor Township
Coach: Pete Lambert
2012 record: 11-7
Players to watch: Senior captain Ryan Gentry is a creative playmaker, Lambert said. Joining him is midfielder Emmanuel Castillo, a three-year starter. Senior Mark Mason is the new face in net after the graduation of Brad Watkins, who set school records in shutouts and wins.
Coach’s comments: “We’re a young team with experience. We’ll benefit from that with the sophomores and juniors with varsity experience. We have 4 to 5 seniors to round out a solid group. ... If you put it all together it could be an exciting year.”
Coach: Christian Varga
2012 record: 8-5-3
Players to watch: Starting goalie, senior Shawn Matias, is one of the best keepers in the American Conference, Varga said. Senior Terron Mitchell is making the switch from center-midfield last season to stopper due to Millville graduating three starting backs. If senior center-midfielder Donald Daigle stays healthy he could be a very dangerous player, Varga said.
Coach’s comments: “In one of the scrimmages I started four freshmen. ... We have three or four guys that are very experienced and then a lot of players with no varsity experience.”
Coach: Dan Kuzma
2012 record: 2-16
Players to watch: Vineland has a handful of transfers from Sacred Heart High School this year. They are headed by senior sweeper Matt Glabfelter, whom Kuzma said brings leadership and made the transition to a new team easy for fellow transfers, sophomore center/midfielder Steve Tobolski and senior midfielder Ernie Scoma. Vineland will rely on senior Brandon Alvarez in goal. Senior center-midfielder Amandeep Singh and senior outside-midfielder Keith Santini round out the rest of the midfield.
Coach’s comments: “Coming from a 2-16 season you kind of have to be hopeful moving forward. Even without the Sacred Heart kids we have improved, but having these new guys coming in is going to round out some of the deficiencies we had last season and solidify things we were missing for the season.”
Coach: David Thompson
2012 record: 16-5-2
Players to watch: Hammonton is returning a bunch of key seniors. Forward Shane Guyer scored 13 goals. Senior midfielders Dalton Rudolph, John McCarthy and Jeff Auleta are strong defensively and control the play. Senior goalie Andrew Slater won a school record 12 games and recorded 10 shutouts.
Coach’s comments: “We’re looking at a playoff team, hopefully as the season goes on we can gel more as we can get into the last stages of the season and post season.”
Coach: John Napoli
2012 record: 8-10
Players to watch: A lot of Mainland’s success is going to come from the midfield, Napoli said. That starts with junior midfielder Michael Gordan and sophomore center-midfielder Jake Eager. Senior back Kyle Patohie is the anchor for the team defensively. Freshman Victor Figueroa can play forward and midfield
Coach’s comments: Napoli: “We look to be very competitive. One of our players said, ‘We want to be the team nobody wants to play.’ We have a lot of young guys but we’re looking to come together and play as a unit.”
Coach: Joe Seaman
2012 record: 7-9-2
Players to watch: Oakcrest’s scoring is led by senior striker Vincent Giordano, the Falcons’ captain. Also look for senior center-midfielder Quinn Hardrick and senior sweeper Josh Bessett.
Coach’s comments: “We can go anywhere from 8-12 or 12-8. It’s one of those types of years. We have a lot of talent, a lot of returners and if it can come together we can push for the division.”
Coach: Aaron Bogushefsky
2012 record: 6-9-4
Players to watch: Ocean City will rely on senior captain Stephen Pashuck to control play in the backfield. Up top, the scoring will come from senior forward Zack Sakena. Junior forward Donnie VanMeter has been impressive in Ocean City’s four scrimmages. Also look for senior midfielder Brendan Macfarlane, and starting in goal is senior Evan McCardell.
Coach’s comments: “Three years ago we had a similar record (7-12-1 in 2010) and the year after that we went on to the South Jersey finals (lost to Timber Creek). We had a team that was filled with a lot of returning starters — we have 10 returning starters this year — so I see a lot of parallels to that season. ... I think this year we’re primed to make a run.”
St. Augustine Prep
Coach: Steve Rolando
2012 record: 12-7-1
Players to watch: The Hermits have two senior midfielders and co-captains who will combine to score a lot of goals this year in Ryan Ward and Sean Lynch. The Hermits also possess an up-and-coming sophomore striker in Christian Bik. Bik earned Press honorable mental honors last season as a freshman and is Rolando is expecting big things.
Coach’s comments: “With the returning players I have and our skill and desire to win I expect us to be very successful... It will bode well to our program in starting our season with a big win (against Hammonton today).”
Coach: Tom Masucci
2012 record: 3-15-1
Players to watch: Senior captain midfielder Jesus Tlaseca returns. Heading the cast of young faces is junior center-midfielder Edwin Lasema and sophomore midfielder Marcial Islas. Two freshmen — Juan Figueroa and Giovani Lasema — will start.
Coach’s comments: “It’s a young team and not as experienced. And small — we have no size so to speak but every time they play beautiful soccer, which is what I teach them to do.
Coach: Tom Ruhl
2012 record: 16-6
Players to watch: Buena is returning standout goalie Jake Bleyhl, who earned first team honors in the CAL his sophomore and junior year. He’s backed by a defense that includes senior midfielder Alex Somervell and juniors Victor Czeronka, Saul Sanchez and Luis Rivera. Other players to watch include Zayne Czeronka, Eliseo Panales and Walker Eilg.
Coach’s comments: “We have the top goaltender in the league (Bleyhl) returning for his fourth year as a varsity starter. He’s surrounded with an experienced defense from last year... with more experience, we’re going to hopefully have a better defense than last year.”
Lower Cape May Regional
Coach: Dennis Elia
2012 record: 8-9-1
Players to watch: Senior midfielder/forward Marco Aguado will be one of the most important pieces to the Caper Tigers because of his ability to play all positions. He will be joined up top by senior forward Jon Oundo, a three-year starter. Holding down the defense will be junior outside-midfielder Stephen Moore, senior back Eddie Slavinskis and senior sweeper Dean Zebrowski.
Coach’s comments: “We’re sort of a rebuilding team. Our weakness is we don’t have a lot of varsity experience but we do have guys who have played for four years. Half of our team is young and our younger guys are very new to the varsity level.”
Coach: John Maher
2012 record: 17-4
Players to watch: The Panthers are returning senior All-Conference and All-South Jersey senior defender Cody Stanford and All-Conference senior outside-midfielder Alijah Broadnax. Senior goalie Tanner Kerr will play full time after splitting time last season. Twelve of Middle Township’s 18 players this season are seniors.
Coach’s comments: “We expect to compete for the division and conference titles. And have as a goal to advance to the finals for Group II.”
Coach: Mark Eykyn
2012 record: 3-12
Players to watch: Pleasantville will have one of the youngest teams in the league this year. The Greyhounds are led by two sophomores who were captains as freshmen in midfielder Jorge Flores and goalie Alexis Olivera. Sophomore striker Emelio Cortes is in his first year of varsity and will create a good young tandem with freshman Carlos Molina. Manny Paz is a junior midfielder.
Coach’s comments: “I think this season — even though we’re going to be the youngest in the league — our record is going to improve and I think in the next couple of years if we stay together we can compete in the Cape.”
Coach: Shawn Cohen
2012 record: 12-7
Players to watch: Cedar Creek graduated 10 seniors (seven starters). Look for senior sweeper Amando Porrini and senior midfielder Jon Newman. Junior goaltender Kyle Broecker is entering his first full season in net. The newcomers are led by junior midfielder Alex Malastina and junior center-midfielder Carlos Jimenez.
Coach’s comments: “The seniors last year were leaders because we are a newer school so we’re trying to figure things out. We’re going to be battling for the division with (Atlantic County Institute of Technology) and I think we’re going to be competitive.”
Coach: Jodie Roberts
2012 record: 2-16
Players to watch: Senior forward Tyler O’Bannon and senior center-midfielder Eric Feuerstein will be relied upon to move the ball and score. Stephen B’Ascenzo, a junior midfielder, will also help out in the middle. Jack Barrone is the anchor defensively. He will help protect junior goalie Eric Twikoinski.
Coach’s comments: “The team is relatively young again like last year. I’m trying to build a program and take steps forward and eventually get a winning season.”
Coach: Mike Saioni
2012 record: 11-5-3
Players to watch: Saioni expects big things out of his junior mid-fielder/forward Sal Zampirri and junior left-midfielder Patrick McGann. Probably the most interesting player to watch this season is freshman goalkeeper Anthony Zampirri.
Coach’s comments: “I think it’s a bit of a transition or development year,” Saioni said. “We lack size and athleticism but we have great character and great work ethic. Hopefully the players we have will step up in order for us to have a successful season.”
Atlantic County Institute of Technology
Coach: Rich Owens
2012 record: 11-9-1
Players to watch: Carlos Cruz, Danny Martinez and Jonathan Bolanos lead the defense. Juancarlos Delmonte is a key midfielder. ACIT also has forwards Daniel Marin and Hunter Steele, and goalie Chris Vargas.
Coach’s comments: “We’re trying to improve on last year. We did well for a first-year program with 11 wins, and we’re striving to improve on that with 12 wins. We had one win in the playoffs and we’d like to make it two this year.”
Coach: Joe D’Arcangelo
2012 record: 10-9
Players to watch: Senior center-midfielder Brendan Buyrne sparks the team. Senior forward Eric Reitmeyer will be the go-to scorer this season. Senior Paul Lynch will enter his second season as the starting goalie for Lacey.
Coach’s comments: “With the chemistry and work in practice, we have high expectations going into the season and our kids really want to win for each other. We’re a very unselfish group that’s determined to do well.”
Coach: Evan Brosniak
2012 record: 9-8-2
Players to watch: Junior midfielder/forward Dylan Kanson is their top offensive producer. Junior midfielder Gavin Dougherty is an attacking player in the middle. Senior midfielder Chris Reed is the team’s leader. Goaltending duties will be split between senior Shjon Howser and sophomore Jared Grady.
Coach’s comments: “We really think the leadership from the other guys and the talent all around will allow us to surprise. We’re excited for this season.”
Coach: Mike McCulion
2012 Record: 6-13
Players to watch: Barnegat has three seniors that will lead the team this year. Up top is senior forward Nick Horvath. Senior left-midfielder Frank Buckley is a very composed defender. The defense is anchored by senior sweeper Matt Filippone.
Coach’s comments: “Our main goal is always to try and get to .500. This year we’re really young overall but I’m happy so far with the soccer we’ve been playing (in scrimmages).”
Coach: Jason Ash
2012 record: 4-12-1
Players to watch: Pinelands has a lot of freshmen and sophomores heading into this season. Ash said the offense is going to run through junior midfielder Rabi Orellana. Junior sweeper Paul Cardillo is going to anchor the defense for Pinelands.
Coach’s comments: “Whether or not the wins are there we will definitely be able to at least hold our own. These guys have a pretty high soccer IQ as a group so again we’ll be improved; still young but improved.”
Coach: Ryan Czop
2012 record: 11-6
Players to watch: Tyler Skye had 17 goals last season. Fellow senior midfielder/forward Freddie Beck is Cumberland’s most versatile and overall complete player. Junior midfielder Scott DeLussa will start the season injured.
Coach’s comments: “We can’t rely on Skye to score all the goals. We know he’s going to be double- and triple-teamed. We have to spread the ball around. Our defense and goalie are all brand new. I think we can score with people. The focus is keeping the ball out of our net.”
Coach: Steve DeHorsey
2012 record: 6-12
Players to watch: Wildwood has a pair of junior scorers in Jared Irwin and Valentine Rodriguez. Senior Bob Mascio is Wildwood’s most versatile player and will play forward, center-midfield and sweeper this season. Adante Fluerstal is the anchor of the defense.
Coach’s comments: “We hope to improve from last year. We have six starters returning and a couple freshmen who will contribute. ... We hope to be in the middle or top of our division and surprise a few teams this year.”