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FC Monmouth Soccer 2018
Jul 13, 2018

FC Monmouth Soccer Wins Season Home Opener

By Les Pierce

FC Monmouth Soccer 2018

From top left to right: Thomas Judge, Zachary Pereira, Andy Martinez, Ryan Cheslock, Jordan Saling, Scott Weigel, Justin White, Kevin Silva, Vincenzo Pugliese, George Akampeke, George Kavarakas, Jason Gomes, Brandon Goldy, Angelo Jackson, Jerome Bland, Neiko Taylor, Brian Hawkins. From bottom left to right: Ryan Hammer, Julian Ramirez, Julian Valerio, John Antunes, Dylan Fogerty, Chase Covello, Daniel Vicente, Matt Fryc.

The FC Monmouth semi-pro soccer team won their season home opener at Count Basie Field on May 26 with a 1-0 win over Atlantic City FC. The winning goal came just four minutes into the contest when midfielder John Antunes fired it in from just outside the penalty area.

Atlantic City outshot the host team by a 9-4 margin. However, Monmouth goalie Scott Weigel preserved the shutout with five saves. Weigel was a four-year starter at Middletown High School North where he recorded 315 career saves. In his senior year at North, he was selected First Team All-Division and Second Team Shore Conference and All-State. He currently plays for High Point University in North Carolina.

Antunes, a FC Monmouth team captain, was named Professional Orthopaedic Associates “Man of the Match” for the game. He is a member of the Monmouth University soccer team and was selected All-MAAC Second Team and Third Team All-Northeast Region last fall. Prior to joining Monmouth University, he was named a First Team All-American by TopDrawerSoccer.com and 2015 New Jersey Gatorade State Player of the Year.

The season opener was also the inaugural home game as the squad was formed this season. FC Monmouth brings the exciting action of semi-pro soccer to Monmouth County and participates in the northeast division of the nationwide semi-pro National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). All home games are played at Count Basie Park in Red Bank. At the helm is Head Coach Brian Woods, a former New Jersey Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

The club’s General Manager, Jacco de Bruijn, explained the mission of the new team, stating, “While soccer is extremely popular in this area with plenty of good recreation programs, travel teams and academies for kids, there has been a lack of a unifying team that the entire community can rally behind. With FC Monmouth we have changed this, offering opportunities for local coaches and players to get challenged at a higher semi-pro level and providing an easy and fun way for local families and passionate soccer fans to attend a quality soccer game in their backyard.”

For more information about FC Monmouth, visit fcmonmouth.com