Holmdel Boys Soccer Off to a Flying Start

To say the Holmdel boys soccer team is off to a great start is an understatement.

Anthony Arena tallied three goals, converting two penalty kicks, with an assist and senior Michael Neff added a second-half goal with an assist to lead Holmdel, No. 12 in the latest NJ.com Top 20 rankings, to a 4-1 victory over Shore Regional last Wednesday in West Long Branch.

Arena leads the team in goals with 20 and assists with 12, while senior Justin McStay is second with 10 goals and 11 assists.

The Hornets, ranked second in the latest NJ.com Shore Conference Top 10 rankings, have recorded four shutout victories and have outscored its opponents, 54-6, allowing just four goals in its last six games, and have scored five or more goals seven times thus far this season.


After a matchup at Pingry last Saturday, the Hornets return home for a three-game home stand, starting with Saint John Vianney on Thursday, October 12, followed by Raritan on Monday, Oct. 16, and Lawrence on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Last season, the Hornets (13-7-5) dropped a 2-1 decision to Garfield in the NJSIAA Group II state final, its first appearance in the final since 2012.


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