No matter their opponent, Mays Landing twins Aaron and Jordyn Bronsky, 17, have always been each other's biggest competition on the soccer field.
The pair picked up the game when they were 4 years old, playing on the same team for their first few years in the sport, and branching off into boys and girls soccer when they were about 8.
Now high school seniors - Aaron at Cedar Creek in Egg Harbor City and Jordyn at Oakcrest in Mays Landing - the twins made their final season living under the same roof count, setting single-season scoring records at their respective schools.
All season long, conversation always seemed to settle on who had the higher tally at the time, the twins' mother, Cathy, said.
"(Jordyn) would go to a game, she'd score, then they'd be tied," Cathy said. "I would pick (Aaron) up from school, he goes, 'All right, how many did she get this game?'"
While both have been among the best on their respective teams for their careers - and both were named offensive MVPs for fall 2012 - it wasn't until their senior season, when Aaron moved to the scoring-focused forward position from midfield, that they could put up similar offensive numbers.
Jordyn said she was surprised when Aaron's scoring leapt ahead of hers early in the season.
"He was never this close to me," Jordyn said. "I was proud of him, but in a way I was kind of jealous. Like, 'I need to start scoring.' That helped me a lot, motivated me."
While Jordyn was the clear top scorer on her team, Aaron had a bit more competition at Cedar Creek. Still, nothing could draw his attention away from topping his sister.
"It was difficult because we had so many strikers and what-not, and we all would try to beat each other," Aaron said. "But it didn't matter to me what they all had. All that mattered to me was beating her."
The pair exchanged the scoring lead throughout the fall until Jordyn pulled ahead late in the year. At season's end Jordan's tally stood at 18, one higher than the previous record, and Aaron's was 12, four higher than the previous record.
With their high school careers behind them, neither is sure of their next stop, academically or athletically. Aaron doesn't have any concrete plans yet, but hopes to continue playing soccer in college. Jordyn has been heavily recruited and is choosing between Division II Georgian Court University and Division III Kean University.
But no matter where they end up, they'll continue to measure their success against each other. So far, this matchup is even.
"I kind of know her moves, but she knows mine, so it goes both ways," Aaron said.
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