At 7-0 and the GMC’s only remaining undefeated team, East Brunswick has lived up to its preseason billing as the Home News Tribune’s No. 1 team thus far through the season.
The most dangerous thing about the Bears is they don’t have one elite striker doing the majority of the scoring, but have several capable players capable of putting the ball in the net.
Adam Rosa and Kevin Walsh each have four goals to lead the team while Joey Gudzak and Alex Mora each have three, as the Bears pose the depth to consistently rotate their front lines and keep everyone fresh.
It’s a recipe that’s worked to success so far for coach Terry McKibbin, whose team struggled at times offensively last season.
“Maintain our focus, have good practices, utilize our bench – we have a deep bench, and just keep scoring, I think is the key,” McKibbin said. “We can play defense, but we need to score.”
Ferreira scoring for South River
With the loss of Feli Csombok and his 31 goals from last season’s Central Group I champs, the question South River faced entering the 2013 season was how were they going to replace Csombok’s goal production.
So far, senior Glauber Ferreira has filled the role for coach Eric Clays.
Through the season’s first eight game Ferreira had already scored 12 goals, including four in a season-opening 9-2 slashing of Woodbridge.
This after Ferreira scored just one goal all of last season in limited action.
Blue Division up for grabs
Five different teams were within one game of first place entering Wednesday’s games in the nine-team Blue Division.
Metuchen entered the day with only one division loss while Spotswood, Highland Park, South River, and Bishop Ahr all entered the day with two divisional losses.
The Blue Division is tightly competitive this season, as it has been unpredictable each given day and appears to have an intriguing outcome as the season plays on.
Patriots doing well
Colonia is off to a solid 3-1-1 start to the season, with its only setback a 2-0 decision to South Plainfield in the second game of the season.
Joel Concha leads the Patriots with five goals while Ryan Litterer and Derek Phells have split time in net and have combined to allow only four goals while making 46 saves through five games.
Games to watch
South Brunswick at East Brunswick, today: An East Brunswick win would keep them in control of first place in the Red Division and give them a two-game lead in the loss column, while a South Brunswick win create a tie for first atop the division between the teams.
Westfield at Monroe, today: Two of the top-level teams in Group IV will battle in what will be a good test, as both teams have deep postseason aspirations.
Spotswood at South River, Monday: A pair of two-loss clubs square off in a wide open and very even Blue Division game.