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Oct 27, 2020

Holmdel Girls’ Soccer Starts Season with Three Victories

By Les Pierce

Sophia Mancino (8) battles for possession in a game against Monmouth Regional.

Last year, the Holmdel girls’ soccer team posted a disappointing 6-10-1 record. However, the squad has a large contingent of returning veterans and some new talent, suggesting the Hornets may be on the verge of a turnaround. That thinking was further underscored when the Hornets began their 2020 campaign with three shutout wins, while outscoring opponents by a 12-0 margin.

The season started with a 7-0 home victory over the Long Branch Green Wave. Sophomore forward Taylor Bielan, junior midfielder Julianna Kolbasovsky and senior midfielder Sophia Mancino led on offense with two goals each. Bielan and Mancino were also credited with an assist. Senior midfielder Lindsay Guarnaccia scored a goal and made an assist.

Four days later, the squad took to the road for a 3-0 victory over Monmouth Regional. Mancino powered in a pair of goals, and Guarnaccia also scored. Notching assists were Bielan, Kolbasovsky and Katie Vassilakos.

Penn State-bound Mancino went on to score in all three games contested thus far. She shares captain responsibilities with Guarnaccia and Caroline Rebele.

The most exciting aspect of the 2020 season is the installation of John Nacarlo as head coach. At the helm of the Holmdel boys’ soccer team, he posted a 223-94-21 record over 16 years. The veteran coach stepped down after the 2018 season. That fall, the Hornets completed a 22-0-1 campaign to gain the No. 1 New Jersey state ranking by NJ Advanced Media. They were also ranked sixth nationally by Top Drawer Soccer. Hopefully, Nacarlo can work his magic with this veteran girls’ team.

Key returners for the 2020 season are Lindsay Guarnaccia (senior, midfield), Sophia Mancino (senior, midfield), Caroline Rebele (senior, defense), Lindsay Cannon (senior, defense), Julia Brusco (senior, forward), Emma Lionette (senior, forward), Alexandra Wojie (junior, midfield), Izabella DeMatos (junior, defense), Hailey Sharpe (junior, goalkeeper), Katrina Walier (junior, goalkeeper), Nicole Worobel (junior, midfield), Sydnie Nied (junior, defense), Katie Vassilakos (junior, forward), Gianna  Buffa (junior, forward), Mia Giamanco (junior, midfield), Jenna Orosz (junior, defense), Taylor Bielan (sophomore, forward) and Olivia Ferrenti (senior, goalkeeper).

Newcomers to the team who are expected be impactful are Julianna Kolbasovsky (junior, midfield), Julianna Brown (senior, midfield/forward), Margaret Wojie (senior, midfield/forward) and Adrianna Morales (junior, defense).