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Sep 08, 2022

Holmdel Boys Soccer Relying on Defense this Fall

By Tim Morris

With the graduation of All-State goalie Tommy Chyzowych went that last link to Holmdel High School’s boys’ soccer team’s state championship runs in the late 2010s that also included a 65-match unbeaten streak. The task for the 2022 Hornets is to start anew and build their own legacy.

Head Coach Matt Isaacson pointed out that Holmdel’s winning culture is something that has been passed down over time by each graduating senior class. What it means to put on a Hornet uniform is not lost on the returning players.

“They know what’s expected of Holmdel soccer,” said Isaacson. “They want to keep Holmdel on top.”

Last year’s Hornets fell to rival Rumson-Fair Haven in overtime in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II final, 2-1. This year’s club will look to go one step further but will do it with a less experienced team, including a number of promising sophomores.

“We’re young, but we do have some varsity experience,” said Isaacson. “It will take some time for [the sophomores] to get used to the speed and physicality of Holmdel soccer. The kids have a lot of skill.”

Among the veterans anchoring the Hornets is co-captain and midfielder Max Woodward. The senior’s high-octane play is contagious to the rest of the team. Holmdel will not be out-hustled.

Defense will again be the focus of the Hornets, and they have two key returners in Aidan Hynes (Sr.) and Jeremy Topel (Jr.) as cornerstones. Hynes is Holmdel’s shut-down defender. He shadows the opposition’s top player.

Co-captain David Weiner (Jr.) is a three-year starter at center midfield. His all-around play makes him an added threat. Being a co-captain as a junior says a lot about the respect his teammates have for him.

Holmdel will be relying on its defense because the Hornets begin ’22 in need of offense. Brendan Worobel (18 goals) accounted for more than 70 percent of the Holmdel’s offense in ’21, and he has since graduated.

“We’re looking for guys to step up,” noted Isaacson.

Without a Worobel this fall, Isaacson is looking for a more balanced offensive effort with multiple players contributing. A pair of seniors, Ilan Golden and Andrew Arredondo, seem poised to pick up the scoring slack.

“Both are talented,” said their head coach. 

Thanks to the influx of talented sophomores, the Hornets will have skill and numbers.

“We will have more depth than in the past,” said Isaacson. “That’s important.”