Boys soccer team posts 6-10 record

SPARTA. Pope John loses in double overtime in the opening round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Non-Public A tournament.

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| 12 Nov 2023 | 05:18

Senior midfielder Stevan Patino totaled 14 goals and 14 assists to pace the Pope John XXIII Regional High School boys soccer team as it won four of its final seven games to post a 6-10 mark this season.

Patino and Brandon Pincus each had a goal and an assist as the Lions saw its season end in a hard-fought 4-3 double-overtime loss to Oratory Prep in the opening round of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) North Jersey, Non-Public A tournament Oct. 27 in Summit.

Other offensive contributors this season include Pincus (seven goals, two assists), Nicholas Cetani (four goals, two assists), Nicholas Acito (three goals, three assists), Jayden Angner (three assists), Shaloom Bakinahe (two goals), Alexander Grubbs (three goals, one assist), Sri Moorthy (one assist), Christopher Opat (two goals, one assist), Emmanuel Vargas (three goals) and Sam Wenger (one goal, two assists).

Wenger, a senior goalie, recorded two shutouts this year.

Here is how other Pope John teams fared this season:

Girls soccer

After a 1-5 start, the Lions did well to go 4-5-1 in their final 10 games this fall, finishing 5-10-1.

The squad was paced offensively by Jaidyn Falcone (13 goals, six assists), Mackenzie Kaiser (six goals, six assists), Samantha Piotrowsky (two goals, five assists), Maya Angner (one assist), Sloane Dengler (one goal, one assist), Kiera Donegan (three goals), Kate Fiore (three assists), Jill Gotimer (two goals, one assist), Sienna Hernandez (two goals), Katy Miller (one goal, one assist), Alex Piotrowsky (one goal) and Sadie Sakowski (one goal).

Abigail Talmadge, Donegan, Ana Gonzalez and Madison Tierney all split time in goal this season.

Field hockey

Meredith Severinson collected four goals and four assists and Brooke Fox added four goals to pace Pope John (4-11-2) this season.

Katherine Klebez (three goals, two assists), Gianna Bisbing (one goal, four assists), Isabella Metternich (two goals, one assist), Maddie Grano (two goals), Lindsey Carlucci (one goal), Katherine Honig (one goal) and Anna Spaanstra (one assist) also added to the offense.

Tricia Kelly had two shutouts this season, including a 19-save performance in the season finale as Pope John won, 1-0, over North Warren on Oct. 26 at home.

Girls volleyball

The Lions finished 9-16 this season, reaching the semifinal round of the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament before bowing to Hunterdon Central.

After a 2-4 start, Pope John had its best stretch of the season, winning four of its next five matches.

The team was led by Olivia Barragan, Lauren Cordero, Catherine Daly, Reagan Daly, Lauren Duffy, Kasey Dugan, Emily Dyer, Avery Griffin, Reagan Healy, Christina Lipka, Kathleen Rysdeck and Lian Vieluf.

Cross country

Evey Austin finished 21st with a time of 20:42 and teammate Katelyn Nolan was right behind in 22nd place in 20:48 to pace the Lions at the NJSIAA Non-Public A championships Nov. 4 at Holmdel Park in Holmdel.

Other finishers included Julia Ireland (26th place in 20:58), Gwendolyn O’Hearn (56th in 22:56), Evangeline Pabalan (114th in 26:36) and Audrey Higgins (121st in 27:26).

On the boys side, Nick Boyanowski (20:08) and Patrick Robinson (20:09) finished in 106th and 107th place, respectively. They were followed by Carter Alicks (110th in 20:26) and Patrick Black (129th in 21:41).

Girls tennis

Pope John went 3-5 this fall paced by Julia Tarkowska (first singles), Lily Peterson (second singles), Anika Rodriguez (third singles), Jailinn Alphonse and Taylor Ashworth (first doubles), and Rylee Petrucelli and Yana Saluja (second doubles).

The Lions won their final match of the season, 5-0, against Roxbury as all of those mentioned above won in straight sets Oct. 10 in Sparta.