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Men’s Soccer: Out with the Old in with the New

September 7, 2010 by admin

BCC Photo - Brookdale men's soccer player Brett Bailari fights off opposition during a recent match.

By Dane Hodge  
     New faces are coming into Lincroft as the Brookdale men’s soccer team looks to continue its dominance in both the Garden State Athletic Conference and Region XIX this season.   One regular season loss, an undefeated season and a number one nationally ranked team in 2008; the Jersey Blues will once again look to finally bring that national title to Lincroft for the first time in school history.   This time the play is going to have to come from a new bunch. With eight starters from last year’s team departing, including two-time All-American forward Joe Parella, and All-Region defender Andrew Donoghue, the Jersey Blues must find both offense and defense from their incoming class.
   It will not be easy to replace Parella, who last year broke a 23-year old scoring record. Tomas Cholula, the leading scorer for Brookdale back in 2006 rejoins the team and will look to fill in for Parella. He will be teamed with former Long Branch     standout Brian Duran who has performed well in preseason. David Cornwell, who’s from Manchester, England, has flown into the states to join the Jersey Blues’ midfield.   By bringing in seven new defenders including All-Shore standouts Jack Parkin, Ryan Cruz, and Gary Papa, the team looks to be on the right track. This is the first time in recent memory Brookdale has stacked its defense this deep. The newcomers will have little time to adjust, since there are no returners from last year’s stingy defense that averaged 0.89 goals a game.   With the new crowd coming in, there’s still some familiar faces that were key components from just a season ago. Returning starter Brett Bailari, out of North Jersey has matured in the offseason and will be a leader on the field. Also returning is Sebastian Carbonell, a midfielder from Woodbridge who has stepped his game up during preseason and looks to start this year.   Head coach Mike Costa is optimistic. “The team is a work in progress” he said in a phone interview. “This is the biggest team I have had at Brookdale”, Costa said

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