Boys soccer team compiles 9-9-2 record

NEWTON. The Braves reach the quarterfinal rounds in the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex and NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 tournaments.

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| 12 Nov 2023 | 04:37

Seniors Dominic Celi and Andrew Steinberg each totaled 16 points to lead the Newton High School boys soccer team to a 9-9-2 record this fall.

Celi, a midfielder, totaled six goals and four assists while Steinberg, a forward, added seven goals and two assists.

The Braves reached the quarterfinal rounds in the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex and New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 tournaments.

Other contributors on offense were Charlie Nicholas (four goals, one assist), Ryan Bezold (one goal, four assists), Zac Huffman (two goals, two assists), Alex Barradas (four assists), Shaun Blasak (one goal, two assists), Riley Flemming (two goals), Evan Parker (two goals), Frankie Boffa (one goal, one assist), Deni Lopez (one goal, one assist) and Nate Logan (one assist).

Jack Boffa, a sophomore goalie, posted five shutouts in net.

Here is how other Newton sports teams fared this season:

Girls soccer

The Braves, seeded eighth, battled ninth-seeded Lakeland to a 1-1 tie through regulation and two overtime periods before bowing, 4-3, in a penalty kick shootout in the opening round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 tournament at home Oct. 26.

Newton, which finished 7-10-1 this season, was led offensively by Avery Eigner (four goals, two assists), Caitlyn Pokrywa (three goals, four assists), Madalyn Nolan (three goals, two assists), Sahara Pereira (two goals, three assists), Kelsey Coffey (three goals), Gabi Scerbo (two goals, one assist), Cassie Corby (two goals), Emma Eigner (one goal, two assists), Ione Smith (one goal), Cera Steinwand (one goal), Bella Deleon (one goal) and Carrigan Walsh (one goal).

Junior goalie Sophia May recorded four shutouts this season.

Field hockey

Forward Kaitlyn Harding collected 29 goals and five assists to help pace Newton to a 9-6-2 mark this fall.

Harding, a sophomore, has exactly 100 career points (47 goals, six assists) in just two seasons.

The Braves also were led offensively by Jaclyn Vena (nine goals, 10 assists), Meadow D’Annibale (five goals, one assist), Emma Trout (one goal, seven assists), Allyson Maffia (one goal, four assists), Mashara Edwards (one goal, two assists), Caitlyn Neill (two assists) and Olivia Costello (one goal). Emily Bilik (eight shutouts), Abbie Paglia (three shutouts) and Karlee Reid (one shutout) anchored the defense.

Girls tennis

The Braves forged a 7-5 record this fall, which included a 5-1 mark in the Freedom Division of the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference.

Newton was tied atop the division with Vernon but bested Vernon, 3-2, in the only meeting between the schools this season.

The Braves were steered by Catherine Vena (first singles), Micaela Schlesner (second singles), Samantha Sutton (third singles), Kirsten Ehrnberg and Sinead Kerrick (first doubles), and Avery Frank and Abby Biederman (second doubles).